PLAINVILLE – The Plainville Community Food Pantry is in need of volunteers and donations due to expectations of increased demand says executive director Susie Woerz.
“We’re looking for new volunteers,” said Woerz. “A lot of our volunteers either can’t volunteer anymore due to age or have passed on. Maybe you’ve just retired and you’re looking for something to do? If you can help us for even one day a week we’d be really grateful.”
Woerz said there are some days when a lot of volunteers work and others that are sparse.
“We’re short on Thursday afternoons and on Fridays we’re really short,” she said.
Volunteers at the Plainville Community Food Pantry can assist with things like food pickup, warehouse organizing, assisting clients with food, sorting clothing and house wares, assisting clients with clothing and house wares, mailing, folding and stuffing envelopes, special events in house and special events off-site. Volunteers performing warehouse duties should be able to lift at least 25 pounds.
“Volunteers save us $75,500 annually, which is really big savings,” said Woerz. “If we didn’t have volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do. They are especially important with our increasing demand.”
Woerz said the pantry is serving more and more people on fixed income, disability and social security. Additionally, families who qualify for free or reduced lunch will soon have to provide lunches for their kids during the summer months, which creates an additional burden that the food pantry tries to alleviate.
“Hunger doesn’t go on vacation,” said Woerz.
In order to help deal with the increased demand, Woerz said that the food pantry has recently re-organized its warehouse, making it twice as efficient in processing donations. Food is sorted by expiration date and month and then used to stock shelves. Clients who qualify for assistance from the food pantry, based on income and expenses, can then pick out their own food.
Woerz thanked the community for their continued support and for the volunteers, staff and board members who keep the Plainville Community Food Pantry up and running.
The Plainville Community Food Pantry is in critical need of the following items:
. Chunky soups and ramen noodle soups
. Coffee and tea
. Pasta sauce
. Peanut butter and jelly
. Canned pasta
. Juice boxes
. Canned hash, chicken and tuna
. Canned fruit
. Baked beans
. Ketchup, relish, mustard and mayonnaise
. Dish soap, laundry detergent, shampoo, cleaning products
. Individually wrapped toilet paper and paper towel rolls.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.