|Lexington Food Pantry|
The Lexington Interfaith Food Pantry was founded in November 1990 to distribute non-perishable food to residents in need of food assistance, and currently serves 60-75 families per week, all of whom have demonstrated need through letters from clergy, social workers or medical professionals. The numbers have been growing recently, due to the recession, job losses, and illness. Lexington residents may shops at the Pantry every week, and residents of Lincoln and Winchester are eligible to shop once a month. (Neither Lincoln nor Winchester have a food pantry.)
The Pantry is housed in the basement of the Church of Our Redeemer, 6 Meriam Street in Lexington. There, coordinator Carolyn Wortmann, who has been involved since its inception, oversees a staff of dedicated volunteers coming from several faith groups in Lexington and high school youth who provide help on Saturday mornings from 9:30-11:30 during the food distribution.
The Social Action Committee coordinates the collection of non-perishable foods throughout the year and delivers them to the Pantry on a regular basis, as well as monetary gifts and donations of Stop & Shop cards (sold during Sunday’s social hour) which are given by the Pantry to supplement food needs of their clients.
In addition, the Committee sponsors an annual major drive for the pantry.
Staple items requested by the Pantry are listed below. All items must be in date; expired items will be discarded. Supermarket size cans and boxes are preferred, please, no restaurant or food service size cans and boxes.
Canned tuna fish
“Meals in a can”
Macaroni and cheese
Watch for more information about the upcoming annual drive, in March 2011, collecting paper and personal care products.
For more information, visit: http://lexingtonfoodpantry.wordpress.com.