Plymouth Community Food Pantry receives generous donations

Published on Wednesday, 27 May 2020 12:36


PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Community Food Pantry received two generous donations Wednesday, as The Salvation Army brought over 1,200 pounds of food and Mayor David Merchant presented them with a $25,000 check donation from Harvard Pilgrim, the town’s health insurance.

A Salvation Army truck pulled up in front of the Plymouth Community Food Pantry on 20 Dewey Ave. which had inside 40 boxes, each of which contain 30 plus meals for local families. Merchant along with volunteers from The Plymouth Community Food Pantry and The Salvation Army helped bring these boxes inside.

“These boxes include pasta, sauce, cereal, canned vegetables – anything a family would need to make meals,” said Mike Orfitelli, a volunteer with The Salvation Army. “This is part of a nationwide effort from The Salvation Army to help those in need. We’ll do it as long as we need to do it.”

Orfitelli said that he and other volunteers would also be making stops in Thomaston, Harwinton, Canaan, Bethlehem and Sharon that same day to provide donations in those communities.

Jeanine Audette of the Plymouth Community Food Pantry said the donation was “wonderful.”

“This will allow us to provide even more food assistance to those suffering from food insecurity,” she said. “We’re seeing a lot more new people coming in since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.”

The Salvation Army also brought with them 10 boxes to give to Carrie Tedd, HRA case manager with the Human Services Department, so that the town’s social services could provide them to the needy.

Mayor David Merchant said that it was “wonderful” to see The Salvation Army supporting the local food pantry and social services. He said that they are a great organization. He also praised Harvard Pilgrim for their financial contribution, which he said was “a big deal.”

“We first switched to them for our town insurance during this past year,” he said. “They are one of the best providers that I’ve ever had the opportunity to work with and they are always giving back. This is a great example of that.”

Audette said that the Plymouth Food Pantry is open to any Plymouth resident who needs food. Residents can call them at 860-584-1750. Food distributions will be based on the size of the family. People are encouraged to leave a message and calls will be returned as soon as possible. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, staff will set up an appointment for pickup of orders. Delivery is also available for the homebound.

“The pantry is committed to making sure all the needs of Plymouth residents challenged with food insecurity are met,” she said.

Hours of operation for pickup are Monday from noon to 3 p.m., Wednesday from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Donations of food, toiletries and paper goods are always needed and can also be dropped off during those hours.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Plymouth on Wednesday, 27 May 2020 12:36. Updated: Wednesday, 27 May 2020 12:38.