Wilton Area Food Pantry helps distribute food for over 300 people

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Volunteers on both sides of the Good Shepherd Food Mobile prepare to pass out free food Thursday at the Wilton United Methodist Church.

By Ann Bryant, Staff Writer

WILTON — The Wilton Area Food Pantry hosted a Good Shepherd Food Mobile distribution Thursday at the Wilton United Methodist Church.

There was a good turnout, Kitty McDonald, food pantry organizer, said.

Volunteers served 139 families or 347 individuals from various towns, such as: Jay, Wilton, Farmington Temple, Hartford, Industry, Chesterville, Carthage and Dixfield.

Members of Wilton Lions Club, volunteers from the food pantry and Barclaycard employees gathered to help pass out a variety of food items, she said.

The food giveaway was open to anyone, she said, as a long line gathered along Main Street. Volunteers were only asking what town they were from and how many were in their family, she said.

The mobile food bank was prepared with a variety of fresh, frozen and canned food to give out to area residents between 1 and 3 p.m.

“There will be nothing left,” Bill Fletcher, Lions Club treasurer, said. Fletcher and Norm Crowley were passing out canned vegetables.

Wilton Area Food Pantry volunteers, members of Wilton Lions Club and volunteers from Barclaycard gathered Thursday to help pass out food items at the Good Shepherd Food Mobile distribution in Wilton. 

(Ann Bryant/Franklin Journal)

Wilton Lions Club is a major supporter of the Food Pantry, located at the Wilton United Methodist Church, McDonald said.

Members pick up food supplies twice a week at the Jay Hannaford. They transport Good Shepherd allotments here when the truck comes in to Farmington, she said.

“They do anything they are asked to do,” she said.

The club was a war club – starting in 1945 during World War II, Fletcher said.

“We give everything back to the community,” he said about fundraisers such as a pancake breakfast for Wilton Blueberry Festival and their annual yard sale held on Routes 2 and 4.

The club provides two scholarships to Mt. Blue High School students, supports the food pantry and the Special Olympics, he said.

Along with the canned vegetables there was also fresh vegetables – corn, onions, squash – pasta, soups, jars of peanut butter, rice, rolled oats, frozen foods – chicken, lasagna dinners, pasta meals, ground turkey and more.

One of each food item was given out.

Staff from Efficiency Maine was also there to pass out light bulbs, both regular bulbs and LED bulbs.

The Good Shepherd Food Mobile is a “pantry on wheels” that delivers high-quality, nutritious food to communities across Maine. Distributions are year-round and conducted outdoors, according to the Good Shepherd website. A total of 30 to 50 pounds of food is given out per attendee.

Wilton Area Food Pantry, located at 600 Main St., serves the towns of Wilton, Weld, East Wilton, North Jay and East Dixfield.

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Volunteers on both sides of the Good Shepherd Food Mobile prepare to pass out free food Thursday at the Wilton United Methodist Church.

(Ann Bryant/Franklin Journal)

Norm Crowley, left, and Bill Fletcher, right, members of Wilton Lions Club prepare to give out cans of vegetables at the Good Shepherd Mobile Food distribution held Thursday at the Wilton United Methodist Church.

(Ann Bryant/Franklin Journal)

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