The Milton Community Food Pantry has held two emergency food distributions in June.
Subject to food availability, another distribution is planned for 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Monday, June 29, in the municipal parking lot across from the library.
Pantry President Donna Murawski continues to work with the Food Bank of Delaware for emergency boxes.
The pantry distributed the first 144 boxes over three weeks in April and some boxes in May. The Town of Milton and its mayor and police chief allow the pantry to use the municipal parking lot across from the library. This minimizes contact and allows the volunteers wearing masks to keep social distancing.
Due to the average age of pantry volunteers at 65 and older, only a limited team of five individuals is distributing the food.
The pantry normally distributes on Mondays from 114 Federal St. in Milton. This crisis has made it apparent that a dedicated pantry location would be more ideal than a shared location. The pantry is stepping up efforts to procure its own facility. For more information on helping the pantry look for a building, go to www.miltonpantry.org.
The MCFP has been fortunate to also receive individual and foundation money to keep operations going during this time of crisis and need. The funds received are being used to purchase some fresh products to add to the prepacked boxes and cover operating costs that continue while its overall fundraising has been affected.
With everyone’s help, the pantry hopes to resume regular operations into the long term and resume distributions every Monday.
The pantry is now a United Way Charity (UW#13832) and has been approved for the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC#10684). Employees may offer support through workplace giving if their organizations participate in United Way or the Combined Federal Campaign that will start in fall 2020.