According to a recent study, one in seven Americans (46 million people) rely on food pantries and meal programs to feed themselves and their families. In most cases, these are working families whose budgets just cannot stretch enough.
We are fortunate here in the Tri-State area to have several food pantries in our local communities. Kent, Canaan, and Lakeville all have pantries that offer regularly scheduled hours each week. The New York towns of Millerton, Dover Plains, and Amenia offer programs, and in Massachusetts, Sheffield and Great Barrington do as well.
Pantries rely on monetary and food donations from individuals, schools, and churches.
The need is great as summer poses additional challenges:
- Donations tend to be light in the summer months.
- Children who qualify for lunch programs during the school year now have to be fed lunch out of the family food allotment.
So please consider giving a monetary gift or a bag of non-perishable foodstuffs to your local food bank. Information on these organizations can be found on your town website.
In Salisbury, the organization is The Corner Food Pantry (www.thecornerfoodpantry.org).