Our town’s Food Pantry is under the wing of Deerfield Community Church, with distributions made monthly from the walk-out basement of our Parish Hall. Today the Deerfield Food Pantry serves 60 households, and roughly 40 percent of the total individuals receiving food are children under age 18. On distribution days, clients receive enough food to last up to four days, assuming three daily meals.
BECOMING A CLIENT
In order to become a regular client of the Deerfield Food Pantry, families or individuals must be participating in a state or Federal assistance program, or income must be below poverty levels as determined by the Federal government. Faith Barry, one of the Food Pantry coordinators, reviews potential clients’ documentation to determine eligibility; if possible, please call her before distribution day at 463-7800.
Distribution of food is from 10 a.m. till noon on the last Friday of every month, except September (when the Deerfield Fair falls on the last weekend), November (Thanksgiving) and December (Christmas). Those months, the Friday distribution is the week prior to that event.
SUPPORTING THE FOOD PANTRY
The most effective way to help with this important mission is by donating money, since Food Pantry shoppers can get much more food per dollar at the New Hampshire Food Bank than donors can purchase for an equivalent amount at the supermarket. Checks may be made out to Deerfield Food Pantry and mailed to P.O. Box 34, Deerfield, NH 03037.
In addition, food donations always are welcome, and some items such as pasta often are in short supply. Donations may be dropped off at the Food Pantry on distribution day or placed in donation boxes located in the church Great Room, at the Philbrick James Library, and the Town Offices in the George B. White Building. Also, Deerfield Community School and the Girl and Boy Scouts do regularly scheduled food drives, and Deerfield Parks and Recreation collects food at various events.
Another way to lend your support is to “Grow-A-Row” in your garden to donate to the Food Pantry. Beginning in July, fresh produce may be dropped off at the Pantry on Thursdays between 4:30 and 5 p.m., with distribution to clients taking place from 5 till 5:30 p.m.
In addition to donating money or food, those who have time during the day can become Food Pantry volunteers. Help is needed shelving new food, assembling items for clients, and assisting on distribution day. To learn about volunteering, call Co-Coordinator Denny Grieg at 463-5504.
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