Harvest Food Pantry loses donor, faces closure
For several years, Hannaford Supermarkets has donated vegetables, meats, breads and pastries to the pantry, but the grocery chain’s parent company, Delhaize America, has partnered with the Feeding America network, which includes the New Hampshire Food Bank in Manchester. Hannaford said the pantry can join the food bank as a registered agency and continue receiving products.
To become a registered agency, St. Jean said the pantry would be required to give all food away for free, and pay a maintenance fee.
In January, St. Jean received a letter from Sherri Stevens, Hannaford’s community relations specialist in Maine, about its decision to coordinate donations through food banks and establishing a reporting system.
“Our requirements are a food pantry has to be a nonprofit. We have to make sure clients are in need. We track the number of adults, children and seniors, and ensure quality of service and food safety,” Wilson said.
But, St. Jean said joining the food bank will force the pantry to close.
He is hoping for a good Samaritan to help keep the pantry open.
“If someone would bless us and say you could use a building free or give us a better truck, that would be great,” he said.
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