My fellow Supervisor, Seth Pitts of Salem is heavily involved in Salem’s food bank. He informed me that Washington County is recognised as being underserved as far as food banks go.
On Oct. 20th a tractor trailer with 12 pallets of food will position itself at the Washington County Municipal Center for a mass distribution to the county’s regional food banks.
I have often heard that $1 worth of monetary donation can purchase up to $12 worth of food at the regional distribution center if local food pantries go there to get it. But in this case the distribution center will come to us. Plus, this time there will be no cost for the food.
Many of the items that will be offered to local pantries are perishable items but they are long term perishable things like onions, potatos, etc.
Seth asked me to spread the word in Hartford so I contacted Pastor Mike Richards of the Hartford Yoked Parish. The Hartford food pantry is located in the Yoked Parish Baptist Church on Main St. I also asked Pastor Mike to spread the word amongst his other food pantry contacts.
So, on the 2oth, Peter Klaiber, Harrison Cornell and myself will drive our pickups and trailers to the municipal center in order to fill Hartford’s food pantry larder.
With the economy in the doldrums and unemployment over 9%, food pantries are an increasingly important staple for those that find themselves struggling to provide food for themselves and their families. Every little bit helps….