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Local Food Pantries Continue to Rely on Donations

With the economy still struggling along, the food pantries in Upton and Mendon are continuing to see local families and individuals in need of assistance. And with the holiday season upon us, giving donations of food and other goods might be one of the simplest ways to help others.

Upton's Food Pantry is located at United Parish. According to Food Pantry Coordinator Amy Griswald, they primarily serve local residents. "But we would never turn away anyone in need," she said.

Items such as canned vegetables and fruit are always needed as is tuna, beans, snacks, cereal, pancake mix, crackers, and peanut butter and jelly. Personal care items such as shampoo, soap, deodorant, and paper goods are always in demand too. "We're completely reliant on donations," said Griswald.

Workers at Upton's Food Pantry are also busy preparing Christmas meals for clients. "We'll provide them a full meal to take home that will include turkey and all the fixings," said Griswald. Because the Food Pantry does not have any type of refrigeration, volunteers will use the church's refrigerator to store the turkeys. "We have a wonderful church community who come out and support us," she added.

The United Parish Food Pantry, located at 1 Church St., is open to clients on Tuesday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 11. And new clientele need only provide basic information in order to receive items. Donations may be dropped off at the Church office during its hours of 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the week days. Financial donations are also accepted. For any questions on the United Parish Food Pantry, contact 508-529-3192.

According to Mendon's Food Pantry Coordinator Carol Kotros, every single donation received is truly appreciated and needed. She adds that it is the generosity of the local residents who have continued to keep the Food Pantry operating for those in need.

Currently, Mendon's Pantry is looking for winter staples that include coffee, hot chocolate, and tea. Canned goods such as tuna and fruits as well as pastas, peanut butter and jelly, and any paper goods are always welcome, as are baby items such as wipes.

The Mendon Pantry is located at the Senior Center, and is openĀ theĀ first Monday of the month or by appointment. It is open to Mendon residents who receive fuel assistance, food stamps and/or aid to dependent children and to those who are disabled or currently unemployed. Referrals from local churches, social agencies, or concerned citizens regarding seniors and families in need will also be accepted. All information is kept confidential.

Any financial donations made to the Food Pantry are tax deductible. Checks may be made out to the Mendon Food Pantry and mailed to the Senior Center. Food donations can be delivered to the Senior Center, located at 62 Providence St., Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For questions, contact 508-478-6175.


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