Plymouth food pantry needs volunteers for board

Published on Tuesday, 27 March 2018 20:19
Written by SUSAN CORICA

@coricaBP

PLYMOUTH - The Plymouth Community Food Pantry is seeking volunteers to serve on its board of directors, especially in executive positions.

Right now two of the four executive positions, that of vice president and secretary, are vacant, and the board president and the treasurer, both of whom have served many years in their positions, are ready to pass on their responsibilities to others.

The Rev. John Hopko, pastor at Saints Cyril and Methodius Orthodox Church in Terryville, has been the food pantry board president for a number of years now.

“Our program is really, really strong, and thanks to our generous donors, our dedicated volunteers, and our talented executive director, Erin Kennedy, we are meeting the needs of hundreds of people in Terryville who are hungry or at risk of hunger,” he said.

“Recently however, we have found ourselves with a board of directors weakened by a number of departures,” he said. “All the departures were the result of changes in life circumstances, some quite sudden. Those who left the board were all sad to do so, because they all believe in and strongly support the work the food pantry is doing to fight hunger.”

“Still, we now find ourselves looking for good, skilled people to join the pantry board, especially in executive positions,” he added.

Since 1990, the food pantry has been working to defeat hunger in Plymouth, Kennedy said. “Last year, the food pantry distributed over 134,000 pounds of food, an average of five and a half tons a month.”

More than 700 people are registered to take advantage of the organization’s services. This past January, the most recent month for which full statistics are available, 10,355 pounds of food were given away - 159 households used the pantry’s services, with each household receiving about 65 pounds of food per visit, she explained.

The food pantry generally distributes food twice a week, and has additional holiday-time distributions at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Kennedy, who is the sole paid employee, said the food pantry accomplishes its mission by running a program that has an annual budget of less than $70,000, with numerous volunteers from the community providing around 250 hours of freewill work each month.

“Seeking to fulfill its stated mission of ending hunger in the Town of Plymouth, the food pantry is pleased, privileged, and proud to be doing vital work in an efficient and effective manner,” she said.

Anyone interested in learning more about the opportunity to serve on the board can call either Kennedy at 860-584-1750 or Hopko at 860-582-3631, or email foodpantry@plymouthfoodpantry.org.

The food pantry is a non-governmental, community-based, independent, charitable endeavor that seeks to serve any and every person resident in the Town of Plymouth who is hungry or at risk of hunger.

It is located at 20 Dewey Ave., Terryville. For more information, visit plymouthfoodpantry.org.

Susan Corica can be reached at 860-973-1802 or scorica@bristolpress.com.



Posted in The Bristol Press, Plymouth on Tuesday, 27 March 2018 20:19. Updated: Tuesday, 27 March 2018 20:22.