|Food banks are experiencing declines in donations, volunteers stuck at home and skyrocketing need as people lose their jobs. As a consequence, many people are turning to food banks for help; so many, in fact, that pantries can’t keep up.|
The Food Pantry of North Branford, Inc.
P.O. Box 403North Branford, CT 06472(203)208-2581
The Food Pantry of North Branford, Inc. was founded and incorporated in 2014 by Lynn Riordan and Frank Forgione. Through her non-profit Matt’s Mission, Lynn found that food insecurity is a common and pervasive need for those seeking assistance. The FPNB was organized in order to provide the community of North Branford with a sustainable source of free supplemental food for anyone in need. The Pantry does not require any financial information from its registrants. Many of the families would not qualify if we were to use government guidelines. Within six months of opening, the Pantry was named a “model pantry” by the Connecticut Food Bank to be used as an example for new pantries opening in Connecticut.
Our sole means of support for operations is donations from the community, whether it be monetary or food. All of the staff and Board are volunteers. The Pantry is not a town agency nor is it supported by any municipal or state funding. We are fortunate to have established a seasonal retail partnership with Ceccarelli’s Farm as well as with Big Y. As a member of the Connecticut Food Bank, we are able to order bulk food at either a minimal cost or free of charge. During the current COVID-19 crisis, food procurement via Big Y and the Connecticut Food Bank has proven to be a daunting task. We are finding it difficult to provide even basic non-perishables to our families. As a result, I am trying to use our current inventory creatively so that each family unit receives an adequate amount of food.
We are located at 1382 Middletown Ave. in Northford, in the lower level of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. Our hours of operation are:Tuesday 3-6 DONATIONS ONLYWednesday 4-6:30 pmFriday 10:30 am-1 pmSaturday 10 am- 12:30 pm
At the current time, we have over 165 local families (360 individuals) registered with our agency and the number is growing. Although we have received many generous monetary donations, purchasing food items is nearly impossible with current restrictions and limits. We have the money but not the supply. We remain committed to providing free, healthy food to anyone in need in our community.
Thank you for your time and consideration,
FPNB Executive Director
Economic Development Coordinator
Town of North Branford