PLAINVILLE – With the $600 to unemployment checks ending Friday, the Plainville Community Food Pantry is anticipating a dramatically increased demand for assistance.
Susie Woerz, executive director of the Plainville Community Food Pantry, located at 54 S. Canal St., says she anticipates that this will once again cause a spike in those needing help with meeting basic needs.
“A lot of people have been stepping up to provide food in town but now I think people will utilize the Plainville Community Food Pantry a lot more,” she said. “It’s been rough, but we’re hanging in there and nobody is going hungry in Plainville.”
Woerz is continuing her policy of having people call ahead when they are looking for food, and then setting up appointments for food to be brought out in a cart. People are also still able to select what food they want from a menu. However, Woerz said that she is “way down” in food donations.
“Right now, we’re in need of fruit, mayonnaise, condiments like ketchup, children’s cereal boxes, pasta sauces and hamburger helper,” she said.
In order to continue functioning with a “bare bones” staff of volunteers, the Plainville Food Pantry is no longer able to accept clothing donations at this time. However, Woerz said that she does have school supplies which she can provide for Plainville residents once families are ready to go back to school.
Woerz also said that financial donations would also be of large help to the Plainville Food Pantry.
“We can use them to buy milk, butter, chicken and other items in bulk at reduced rates,” she said. “Gnazzo’s grocery store has been very good to us; they have been working with us for years.”
Woerz said that those who feel they need help meeting their food needs should not hesitate to call her.
“I want to reach more families,” she said. “Just call us and we will send you an application.”
The Plainville Food Pantry can be reached at 860-747-1919. For more information, visit plainvillefoodpantry.org.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.