It's been 'a summer of love' at the food pantry

Milford. Pantry organizers laud young volunteers, say there's no better way to learn “community.”

| 21 Aug 2019 | 12:14

Organizers at the Ecumenical Food Pantry of Pike County say it's been "a summer of love," with help from "wonderful young people to the young at heart."

Jobs include stocking shelves and packing boxes for delivery and distribution to local people in need.

"Teach your children well," says Nancy Potter, volunteer director. "Is there a better way to learn 'community'?"

Located in the former church rectory at 321 5th Street in Milford, the Ecumenical Food Pantry is staffed completely by volunteers. In continuous operation since 1981, the pantry provides supplemental and emergency groceries and toiletries to Pike County residents facing food insecurity.

The pantry is open from 6:30 to 8 p.m. every Friday. In addition to regular weekly distributions, it offers enhanced food offerings at Thanksgiving and Christmas and is also the local distribution site for a federally subsidized monthly food box program for senior citizens living on limited incomes. The pantry is a member of The Feeding America Network.

Over the summer, the Food-4-Kids Program provided families in need with school-age children (under age 18) with additional food — milk, eggs, canned fruit, peanut butter, canned fish or meat, and boxed mac and cheese — to help out while school cafeterias are closed for vacation.

Financial donations are always welcome. Checks may be made payable to The Ecumenical Food Pantry of Pike County and mailed to 321 5th St., Milford, PA 18337.