An announcement on the Milton Community Food Pantry Facebook page alerted clients to the fact the pantry is closing down until further notice.
Donna Murawski said volunteers went to three to four stores to get products, and because of the rush on groceries by the public, they could no longer fill the pantry. Many donations from supermarkets have also dried up, she said. According to the Facebook page, “The board of directors held an online meeting March 20 to discuss how to move forward in the coming weeks in order to protect the health and safety of all of our volunteers as well as the community we serve.”
As a result, dry goods and meats were distributed March 23 in a cold, pouring rain, using a drive-through model at the municipal parking lot across from the Milton library.
Clients remained in their cars, were checked in electronically, and received their final box of food until further notice.
Murawski said, “We will do our best to direct our clients to larger food distribution operations being conducted by the state. The Food Bank of Delaware, located in Milford, is still serving the hungry.”
“As soon as we can, we will resume our work. Thank you all for your continued support of the Milton Community Food Pantry! We couldn’t do it without your generous donations of time, food, and money!” the Facebook post reads.
The board will continue to monitor the situation and post updates on the website www.miltonpantry.org, and the Facebook page to keep the community informed.
Where to find food
The Food Bank of Delaware website is www.fbd.org.
During the Covid-19 emergency food is available at Epworth U.M.C. on Holland Glade Rd. in Rehoboth Beach (behind Iron Hill Brewery & Royal Farms) Sunday 1-3 p.m. Tuesday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Thursday 2-5 p.m.
Delaware 211 is also a resource go to website: 211service.com or dial 211 for help finding emergency food resources in Delaware.