With school out and families away on summer vacation, donations are down at the Weston Food Pantry and a number of shelves are completely bare.
“I’m very concerned. We’re low right now on food in several areas,” said food pantry volunteer Betsy Peyreigne.
The pantry, located across from the Norfield fire station near town hall, is stocked with canned goods and non-perishable items, available for free to anyone in Weston who needs them. “We just want to make sure no one goes hungry,” Ms. Peyreigne said.
Several times a year, schools and other civic groups such as the Kiwanis Club hold food drives to restock the pantry, but in summer things are much slower, so Ms. Peyreigne is reaching out to the Weston community to help.
“There are plenty of people who rely on the food pantry to feed their families,” Ms. Peyreigne said.
A table has been set up in the food pantry where residents may drop off canned goods and other items. Monetary contributions are also being accepted. Ms. Peyreigne uses the funds to buy food at local stores to fill in any gaps.
The Weston Food Pantry is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable foundation, and contributions are tax-deductible.
The items most needed now at the food pantry are canned tuna and canned chicken, canned soup, meals in a box such as hamburger helper/tuna helper, peanut butter, jelly, rice, pasta, breakfast cereals, mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup, and salad dressings.
The food pantry also needs canned dog and cat food and dog and cat kibble.
Ms. Peyreigne asks donors to check the expiration dates on items because the pantry can not accept expired food.
For more information or to make a monetary donation, call Ms. Peyreigne at 203-557-3192 or contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.