PLAINVILLE - The Plainville Food Pantry will be sending out Thanksgiving gift baskets today to families that are in need.
Susie Woerz, executive director of the Plainville Food Pantry, said that inside these baskets residents will find pre-packaged dinners with a turkey and “all the fixings.”
“We have 100 baskets going out and I’m still putting families and individuals on our list,” said Woerz. “Just this week I added five more; the numbers are definitely going up. We are excited to be able to help those who would have otherwise gone without a Thanksgiving meal. No one is going hungry in Plainville as far as we know.”
Woerz said that this program is made possible due to strong support from the community.
“The community at large has always stepped up to the plate for us,” she said. “We send out a holiday giving letter that is a plea for donations every year at this time of the year. The summer is always slow for us but when we reach the holiday season the spirit of the community really shines.”
Woerz noted that the Thanksgiving baskets program has been going on, in some form, since the 1960s. The Plainville Food Pantry was formed as a non-profit organization in 1996 and before that it was handled by church groups.
“We help those who help themselves,” said Woerz. “We do a lot more here than just hand out groceries; we also do intervention referrals and give people information about other resources that they are eligible for.”
Those who wish to support the Plainville Food Pantry can also stop by Gnazzos at 73 East St. during store hours Nov. 17 through 21 during store hours.
There, the Disciples of Christ of Plainville Methodist Church will be filling a truck with donations to help the Plainville Food Pantry replenish their shelves.
The Plainville Food Pantry recently held an open house last Saturday to showcase its extensive renovations. These renovations included new driveways, windows, carpentry and tile floors, energy efficient appliances, new air conditioning and 10 solar panels on the roof. They also got a generator so that food won’t spoil if they lose power.
“These are all intended to increase efficiency and help us save on operating costs, thus allowing us to buy more food,” said Woerz. “This was made possible through a $237,000 state energy efficiency grant that was secured by the late Betty Boukus. Her heart was always in the right place.”
People will also be able to apply for the Plainville Food Pantry’s “Secret Santa” program on their website.
For more information, visit the Plainville Food Pantry at 54 S. Canal St., visit their website at plainvillefoodpantry.org or call 860-747-1919.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.