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November 26, 2011

Other People's Pantries #175

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In the basement of Berean Baptist Church in the village of Harrisville, Rhode Island, my wonderful cooking assistant, Kathy, runs a food pantry that serves neighbors in need in that community year-round, and especially at the holidays.

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Though most towns here in Rhode Island have a town-run (but seldom town-funded) food pantry, much of the work of fighting hunger takes place quietly, in the basements of houses of worship, with funds raised from bake sales and bazaars. This food pantry depends, as many do, on donations, and Kathy uses her very small budget to fill in the gaps as she can, by shopping at dollar stores and seeking discounts and donations from local merchants.

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The food cupboards at Berean Baptist are more full than usual right now, because the local Boy Scouts recently completed a town-wide food collection, but really, when you look closely, you can see how little is there.

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For Thanksgiving, the food pantry adopted ten families, each of whom received one of these boxes filled with fixings for both dinner and a pancake breakfast the morning after the holiday. In addition to the non-perishable food, each family got a 20+ pound turkey, fresh carrots and potatoes, biscuits, eggs, and a pie.

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Dedicated, compassionate volunteers like Kathy, and supportive faith communities everywhere, make sure that the neediest do not go hungry at the holidays, and all year round. Please help them if you can.

Comments

What a wonderful contribution Kathy is making to her community. I give to the Salt Lake food bank every year, but always feel that I should be doing more.

Food pantries are so important. Kathy is doing great work.

How inspiring. Kathy is a wonderful dedicated servant. It makes me realize how much more I need to do also. Thank you for featuring this pantry.

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