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Now that the holidays are over, let’s not forget the continuing need for nourishing food, especially during the colder months.  The Lexington Interfaith Food Pantry and its clients rely on the generous donation of food, funds, and volunteer time, from members of many Lexington organizations including Hancock Church.

The work done by the Pantry’s director and many volunteers serves clientele such as elderly residents, single adults, and families with young children, who rely on assistance due to disability, the loss of a job, or high medical expenses.  These are people you may never meet, or people you know within our community who are struggling silently.

As a member of the Christian Service Committee, and the Food Pantry coordinator, I wanted to let you know about the need in our community and ask for your assistance with the Lexington Food Pantry.  There are two ways you can help:

1.   When you come to Hancock Church – whether for the Sunday morning or Sunday evening service – please consider bringing a donation of non-perishable food items for the collection baskets located in the Narthex or outside Clark Hall at the top of the stairs.  Items must be within their expiration date!

These non-perishable items are always needed: canned corn, canned peas; hearty soups and canned meals with protein such as beans / chicken / beef; gluten-free cereal, pasta, and soup; vegetarian soup, chili, and baked beans; low-salt or low-fat foods.

2.   Come volunteer as one of the 4-member Hancock team, on the second Saturday of any month, 8:45 am – 11:15 am.  The work is primarily helping clients pick out items from a table that you oversee e.g. pasta sauces & canned vegetables, or rice & soups.  There is no heavy lifting, but you will be on your feet during pantry hours  – – and I promise that you will feel good afterwards about the experience of helping folks get the food they truly need.

Simply look at your calendar, and think about joining fellow Hancock members on any of these mornings at the food pantry: February 13, March 12, April 9, etc.  Alternately, send me an email  requesting to be added to the distribution list for the monthly call for volunteers via email.  When you receive that email you may check your calendar and then respond if you
find an open Saturday morning when Hancock is scheduled to send volunteers.

For more information on food donations or volunteering for upcoming Hancock team dates, please contact: Susan Foley, Christian Service Committee, at  s.foley.165@gmail.com

Thank you!