PLAINVILLE – The Plainville Community Food Pantry is doing its part to help families in need get their kids everything required for when it comes time to head back to school this fall.
Susie Woerz, executive director of the Plainville Community Food Pantry at 54 S. Canal St., encourages local families who qualify for free or reduced lunch to call the food pantry and ask about their back to school assistance program at 860-747-1919 or download the application at plainvillefoodpantry.org.
The program can help families get backpacks, clothing and a haircut.
Assistance will be given a first-come, first-served basis and applicants will be chosen based on income and expenses.
The pantry is also collecting clothing for children of all ages and food and snacks for children to assist families who may be struggling to pay for their lunches during the summer.
“Hunger doesn’t go on vacation,” Woerz said. “The items that are most in need are kids snacks, cereals like Froot Loops, peanut butter and jelly and bread to make sandwiches.”
Woerz added that the food pantry is currently “inundated” with clothing for adults and requests that residents hold off on sending adult clothing for now.
Woerz, who has been with the Plainville Community Food Pantry for 30 years, said that the pantry has taken steps over the years to run more efficiently.
18 years ago, the Plainville Community Food Pantry purchased a new building, which is their current location.
Last year, Woerz began what she calls “phase two” of improvements, which, with the assistance of a state energy grant, allowed the Plainville Community Food Pantry to begin renovations.
These included putting solar panels on its roof and getting new appliances, carpeting and LED lighting.
“These renovations allowed us to see some major savings on our energy bills,” Woerz said. “Last year, our power bill was something like $500 or $600 and now it is more like $140 or $150.”
Woerz said that the Food Pantry is now undergoing “phase three”, which includes regrouping and reorganizing the warehouse.
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