Last week the Youth Adult Partnership Board ended their year with a food pantry-shopping spree. As an end of year service project, the Youth leaders from the YAPB decided to take a trip to Walter Stewart's Market in town to pick up needed items. The adult Pantry volunteers prepared the shoppers by giving the kids a list of things they needed; such as honey, powdered drinks, jams, and dried fruits. The kids shopped inside the market for over an hour filling up four shopping carts with non-perishable food items. The staff at Walter Stewart's was very helpful with the shoping experience; joining the kids in the aisles, sharing their list of highly discounted items, they transported the food to the pantry for our board and store manager Alex Stewart even came out to greet the kids, help bag groceries and provided a welcomed discount to support this effort.
The group ended up purchasing over $600 dollars worth of food/products for the food pantry; filling in many more items than were on the original list. If you would like to help with the food pantry there are many things you can contribute and you can help your neighbor's family for the better; aforementioned items as well as soups, stews, peanut butter, snacks and juice drinks. The Food Pantry is located at St. Mark’s church in New Canaan and food donation areas can be found at Walter Stewart's Market as well as many churches across New Canaan. The St. Mark's Church in cooperation with the New Canaan Human Services Dept. and many volunteers hold a pantry for residents in need of products such as food, drinks, snacks or even cleaning products. Please contact New Canaan Human Services at 203-594-3076 to learn more about the pantry or the YAPB