Plymouth Community Food Bank in need food, supplies - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Plymouth Community Food Bank in need food, supplies

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PLYMOUTH, CT (WFSB) -

A small food pantry in Litchfield County helps to feed hundreds of hungry people, but now it needs help itself.

There are slim pickings, and many shelves are empty at the Plymouth Community Food Bank.

"The shelves were bare. We had no pasta, things that are just a staple for people who are coming. We had none and still we're low," said Erin Kennedy of Plymouth Community Food Bank. "We don't have jelly. A good thing for kids to bring in their lunch box is peanut butter and jelly. We don't even have that."

Kennedy said times are tough for the Terryville-based pantry, which feeds roughly 600 people including 150 children each month.

"This whole area, the breakfast stuff is looking a little slim," said Kennedy pointing to the breakfast area of the pantry.

Food bank officials said they need the basics and while the Salvation Army dropped off some baked goods Friday morning, what's on the shelves now won't last long. In fact it will likely be gone by Saturday.

"We had to go out and literally buy a ton of food this Wednesday," Kennedy said.

To help get the supplies back up, the food pantry will hold a drive at the Terryville IGA, which is located on 311 Main St., Saturday and on Jan 25.

While the need is great, Food bank officials said it's not just food.

"Even though people might be getting food stamps or SNAP benefits, they still can't purchase things like toilet paper, paper towels, toothpaste and those are really essential items," Kennedy said.

Kennedy said while they typically see a decline in donations following the holidays, this year, they've been hit pretty hard and unfortunately the need stays the same.

"They have food on their mind, because we have Thanksgiving, the holidays where family dinners are big and then after that everyone gets their credit card statement and thinks eww and the donations drop off," Kennedy said. "So the winter time is rough."

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