As the year 2021 comes to a close, the Pantry team would like to thank the congregation for the generous support we have received throughout the year. Your financial support is vital to our operations, as is your contribution of “item of the month” which has enabled us to provide balanced, nutritious food to our clients even when some items are difficult to acquire wholesale.
We continue to see increased need for our pantry services (150 families per pantry compared to 90 pre-pandemic). Our distributions of diapers and elder care supplies, as well as school supplies, are very much appreciated by our clients. Any donation to the “pantry” covers all of these ministries, as well as the winter coat distribution.
The final pantries of the year are December 4th and 18th. Coats, hats and mittens for children will be distributed on December 11th. Your donations of Thanksgiving turkeys on the morning of November 20th helped us to serve an estimated 225 families that morning. The proceeds of the Thanksgiving offering will enable us to provide pork roasts and other special items for our clients’ holiday meals.
A special thanks to our volunteers, who have worked indoors on Fridays and outdoors on Saturday for the past 18 months and more. We anticipate continuing with the drive-through model through the winter. If you would like to join our volunteer team, please reach out to Liam McAuliffe, Debbie Bernardini or Katharine Frase.
Finally, if you would like to make a donation to the pantry as a holiday gift, Lisa has donation cards you can print at home or pick up in the office.