**UPDATE: WE ARE NOW COLLECTING ITEMS THROUGH FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17TH!**
Happy Holidays! Just as a reminder, we are holding a food drive at the office for The Salem Pantry through Tuesday, December 14th. As always, we appreciate any and all donations that our patients and the community can provide to support those who need it most this holiday season.
In addition to canned goods, items we’re focusing on collecting for this food drive include:
- Cooking oils
- Spices (sweet & savory)
- Baking soda / baking powder
- Jellies / jams
- Tea / coffee / hot chocolate
- Holiday sweet treats!
Here is more information about The Salem Pantry and their mission, taken directly from their website:
“The Salem Pantry works collaboratively to empower our diverse local and regional communities by ensuring the essential right to convenient and reliable access to healthy food.
The Salem Pantry has distributed food in Salem since 1991. Our pantry has grown its capacity in recent years to add new staff positions, increase partnerships and establish new distribution channels. The Salem Pantry quickly and strategically expanded services during the COVID-19 pandemic to address Salem residents’ food insecurity through our strengthened mobile markets, new emergency grocery assistance with Salem Public School (SPS) at multiple locations and a new household delivery model to vulnerable members of the community. During COVID-19, our Pantry has distributed food to 2,200 different Salem households and over 6,500 unique individuals. Our mobile distribution sites and home deliveries have provided a monthly average of 75,000 pounds (an estimated 62,500 meals) within our community since mid-March. Given the dramatic rise in the need for food assistance since the onset of COVID-19, The Salem Pantry’s work is more crucial than ever.
Read more about The Salem Pantry in the news and contact our Executive Director for all Media Inquiries. Learn about The Salem Pantry from our Executive Director, Robyn Burns, in a video interview with Salem News.”