The Belmont Food Pantry recognizes this and distributes food to the town’s neediest citizens on the first and third Saturday and the second Tuesday of each month. Earlier this week, we spoke with Pantry Director Patty Mihelich about her all-volunteer organization and the needs it faces year round.
It probably comes as no surprise that there has been a rise in townspeople needing food assistance this year. According to Mihelich, about two new Belmont families sign up each time the pantry is open. Many items go out as fast as they come in, such as boxes of tea, small jars of instant coffee, sugar free jelly for diabetics, jelly, canned fruit, canned beets, instant potatoes, cereal, powdered milk, toiletries, condiments, and juice. Small sizes are especially needed by the elderly, as approximately forty percent of this population lives alone.
Mihelich told us that the time of greatest need for the pantry is from May to September, when the food drives cease and many go on vacation. During that time, the pantry relies on cash donations to stock its shelves. Inspired by this information and the success of our September food drive, be on the lookout for another Growing Up food drive in the spring.
For more information on the Belmont Food Pantry, including volunteer opportunities and donation guidelines, go to the Belmont Town Pantry webpage.
Photo courtesy: Andrew Filer