Monday, August 05, 2013

Message from Amazing Grace Food Pantry

GARDENERS -
ATTENTION PLEASE! 

Lush vegetable gardens are among the most anticipated signs of summer. With this summer's abundant sunshine, periodic rain - along with a lot of hard work - those vegetable gardens are now really beginning to produce.  And if you turn your back for a day or two, those squash will be HUGE!

Often the gardener's next chore - after eating a lot and a bit of basking in the glory of what has been achieved - is figuring out what to do with all that produce.  It's all delicious and healthy, but a family can only eat so much, freeze or preserve so much, and only give away so much to friends and work colleagues.

Why not bring your excess veggies and fruit to Amazing Grace Food Pantry where it will be greatly appreciated and much enjoyed by many families?

We're got a walk-in frig at Amazing Grace and can properly store all those items which need refrigeration, but fresh veggies and fruit don't sit around very long.  They are very quickly distributed and carefully tucked into the shopping bags of our families who are thrilled to have fresh produce.  

Being able to provide tasty and nutritious meals and snacks for their children is usually out of reach for our households, so summer produce is a real treat. Our families are extremely grateful to those gardeners who share their produce.

In the past couple of years, the number of gardeners who donate produce has increased significantly, but we can always use more.  Amazing Grace serves close to 1,000 families each month, so, frankly, we could use a LOT more produce.

Donations of produce - and other food - can be dropped off at the pantry at 16 Stack Street on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am - 5pm and on Saturdays from 9am - 1pm.  Drive around to the Delivery Door at the back of the building where there are volunteers to assist you.  Call 860-344-0097 x 10 or 860-347-3222 if you need more information.

And if you know others with overflowing gardens, please pass on the word!

Thanks - and happy summer!


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