In July, United Way of Southeastern Connecticut, in partnership with Colchester Social Services, launched a monthly distribution of the organization’s mobile food pantry to serve those struggling with hunger and food insecurity. The distribution takes place on the fourth Thursday of each month from 9-10:00 a.m. at Colchester Social Services on 127 Norwich Avenue.
Site coordinators are in need of volunteers to assist with set up and distribution. Some manual labor is involved and may include: setting up tables around the pantry truck, putting out and organizing the food, assisting guests at the pantry, helping guests bring food to their car, and cleaning up at the conclusion of the distribution. A brief training is held for all volunteers.
The mobile food pantry is an extension of the work of the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center, a program operated by United Way. The Food Center helps to feed more than 22,000 people each month through nearly 100 local feeding sites and the mobile pantry. Guests visiting the mobile pantry receive approximately a week’s worth of food per household, and items include fresh produce, proteins, dairy, and healthy snacks. Guests need to bring only their ID to participate, and the program does not impact eligibility in other assistance programs.
If you are interested in volunteering in Colchester, please contact either Amy McClafferty or Amber Albee at Colchester Social Services at firstname.lastname@example.org. For a list of all monthly mobile pantry distributions, please click here.