PLAINVILLE – The Plainville Community Food Pantry is seeking support for their annual Thanksgiving food drive at Gnazzo’s, and their Secret Santa programs.
The Plainville Community Food Pantry has continued to support the community throughout covid-19. Although their doors have remained closed to the public, they have been able to bring meals out to those who qualify for assistance, who have signed up with them and who call ahead to place orders through them. Staff inside will pick out items that clients order from a menu and bring it to them when they arrive.
Executive Director Susie Woerz said that she is grateful to the community for donating to support those in need.
“The community has stepped up to the plate and we really appreciate it,” she said. “We would not be able to do what we do without your continued support.”
However, due to the pandemic, donations remain down 90% this year from last year. Thus, the food drive will be “critical” for ensuring that less fortunate families have access to Thanksgiving meals this year.
“We thought we would have to cancel the food drive, but fortunately we had people step up and say they would do it this year,” said Woerz. “This food drive is really important; our donations are way down. We have still been able to maintain our services, but we’ve had to purchase a lot more food.”
The food drive will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 20, 21 and 22 at Gnazzo Food Center at 73 East St. The Plainville Community Food Pantry will also be accepting monetary donations.
“If you need a holiday basket you need to show us proof you live in Plainville and you have to be signed up for our program,” said Woerz. Contact us as soon as possible and we will be able to get a turkey and the fixings for you. The size of the baskets we provide is determined by family size.”
Woerz said that what determines those who qualify for assistance is income. They are also able to assist those who are receiving free or reduced lunch, food stamps, or who have been laid off from a job.
Shortly following the food drive, Woerz said that the Plainville Community Food Pantry will also hold a “Secret Santa” program to acquire gift cards for local children and seniors. People are encouraged to either mail them gift cards or call them and arrange a time to drop them off.
“Normally, kids would ask for a specific item like a bicycle or a Barbie doll and the donor would find the item and wrap it up for them,” said Woerz. “This year, we’re having them purchase gift cards so kids and their parents can go shopping for what they want. I will also have wrapping paper for them.”
Woerz said that she wishes families well and hopes that they have “safe and happy holidays.”
The Plainville Community Food Pantry is located at 54 S. Canal St.
For more information on the Plainville Community Food Pantry, or to sign-up for assistance, call 860-747-1919.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.