The Community Resource Center at 37510 Oyster House Road in Rehoboth will open a Baby Pantry from 10 a.m. to noon, Thursday, March 27. The pantry will be open the first Monday and third Thursday of each month.
The pantry is made possible through a generous grant from the Harry K Foundation and will strive to help end hunger and address other needs of infants and young children in Sussex County. The Community Resource Center will work in close conjunction with Groome United Methodist Church in Lewes, which has operated a successful Baby Pantry for the past several years.
Wallace Johnson, director of public relations for the CRC, said the program will explore every possible federal, state and local government program that is designed to help infants and young children. Numerous local church organizations and civic groups have indicated a desire to join in this effort.
"We are grateful to Walmart, which has agreed to provide a 10 percent discount on all baby and child items purchased at their store,” said Johnson.
The pantry will not stock certain items such as baby formula, but if a mother needs formula for her baby, she will be provided a voucher to the Cape Pharmacy in Lewes and the pharmacy has agreed to bill the CRC.
Harry Keswani, founder of the Harry K Foundation, has made a committment to defeat childhood hunger in southern Delaware. Bennett Connelly, vice president of the Community Resource Center, said, “We are fortunate to have so many generous people such as Harry K who are stepping up to the plate to meet the increasing needs of our infant and child population.”
For more information on the Harry K Foundation go to www.harrykfoundation.org.