Weston Food Pantry: New year means new faces and new rules

With new volunteers at the helm, there are new rules for the Weston Food Pantry.

With new volunteers at the helm, there are new rules for the Weston Food Pantry.

The Weston Food Pantry is getting a facelift.

Starting Jan. 6, the food pantry across from the Norfield fire station, which provides free non-perishable food items to those in need, will be operating with new guidelines and a new board of directors.

“We are excited to be a part of such an important resource for our neighbors in need,” said Anne Bigin, who was recently appointed the pantry organization’s president.

“We are committed to making the pantry robust and reach the people it was created to serve,” she said.

Bigin comes to the pantry after serving on the board of the Weston Women’s League for five years.

She was a founding member of the CT Block Party, an organization dedicated to mentoring children in Connecticut to be more philanthropic.

The new board also includes Margaret Krauss, current president of the Weston Women’s League, Ruby Hedge, Erica Scioscia, and Stacey Tucker.

Collectively, the board has more than 20 years of experience serving the Weston community.

New hours and rules

Historically, the pantry has had an open door policy. But after extensive research of similar towns in Connecticut, the board determined that set hours would help the pantry run more effectively.

Beginning Jan. 1, the doors will be locked and set hours will start.

The pantry will be open to Weston residents on Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon.

Drop-off hours will be Wednesdays from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

The pantry will be closed at all other times.

A two-bag per week suggested limit will help the pantry serve more than 100 families in Weston on an ongoing basis.

The pantry will be working closely with Weston Social Services to ensure that the needs of town residents are met.

The board is excited and honored to be given the opportunity to serve the community of Weston through the food pantry.

There will be numerous opportunities for town residents to volunteer their time to help the pantry, either individually or through other town organizations.

Those who would like to volunteer may email info@westonfoodpantry.org for more information.

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  • Cindy lou

    Though I agree that the pantry needs better supervision to ensure only residents of the town use it, I think two hours twice a week will deter people from using it. Here is why-a lot of residents like using the panty without others’ knowledge in the town. If the town sets only two times per week, all needy residents will need to go at the same time and will be seen by others as well as the people generously dropping off food. This will embarrass residents and deter them from using the pantry.

    • Christopher Lewis

      I think the above comments are valid and should be given due consideration.

      In addition, I wonder how convenient the new hours will be for those who need the pantry’s services most.

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