Town Crier

WILMINGTON — All year round, the Wil­ming­ton Food Pantry is dedicated to helping those in need within the community. Located on Chestnut Street, the food pantry is funded by the Wilmington Community Fund and provides food products on a bimonthly basis.

With the holidays rapidly approaching, the Wil­mington Food Pantry is continuing to accept donations and disperse food supplies in order to give back to those in need.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the food pantry has ceased volunteer opportunities for the time being. Addi­tionally, they are operating through a “drive-up” system of distribution, in order to assure safety to both recipients and workers.

In terms of donations, the Wilmington Food Pantry is currently ac­cepting items such as paper products (toilet paper, paper towels, nap­kins, disinfectant wipes), cleaning products, hand soap, hand sanitizer, tuna fish, jams/jellies, rice, in­stant potatoes, canned fruit/applesauce, mayonnaise, ketchup, relish, canned protein-rich it­ems like beef stew, chili or Sloppy Joes, cereal, oatmeal, juice boxes, tea, coffee, brownie mix, cake mix, muffin mix, children's snacks, can­ned pasta (Spaghettios, Chef Boyardi), canned vegetables (corn, peas, mixed vegetables, etc.), canned soup, Ramen, pasta, spaghetti sauce, mac and cheese, and peanut butter.

Donations can be drop­ped off in donation bins located in Market Bas­ket and Lucci’s, as well as during limited drop-off times on Saturdays. Currently, drop-off hours are between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. each Saturday.

To learn more about the Wilmington Food Pantry, including how to donate and apply for assistance, visit the pan­try’s page on the Wilmington Community Fund’s website: http://www.commfund.org/food-pantry.html.

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