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Roslindale Food Pantry Faces Empty Cupboards

Posted by Your Town  August 3, 2011 01:01 PM

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When 16-year-old Winona Glascock, a volunteer at the Roslindale Food Pantry, went to work to fill bags with food yesterday, she was shocked to find there were just a few cans of food and some pasta, hardly sufficient for the hundreds of families the pantry serves.

“There was very little,” said Glascock, a Boston Latin School student, who volunteers twice a week at the organization. “There was no bread, meat, cheese or vegetables.”

Carole Poole, who has run the pantry for 25 years, with her husband Ronald, out of the
Roslindale Congregational Church on Cummins Highway, says that contributions are way down, while clients have increased more than threefold in the past year. From 150 families last year, Poole estimates that there are at least 560 families now looking for help.

While donations are almost a guarantee in the colder months and during winter holidays, summer is the “off season.” Glascock and other food pantry workers used some available funds to purchase cheese and bread, but the stopgap measure is not ideal.

Since the pantry is only open on Tuesdays and Thursdays between noon and 2 p.m., local travel agent Judie Leon has offered to use her store as a drop-off location at other times. Canned goods and dry foods, such as spaghetti and peanut butter, are needed. Monetary donations are also welcome, which will be used to purchase food.

Poole has another item on her wish list for the food pantry: the donation of the use of a truck to pick up food. Whenever the pantry has to stock up at the Greater Food Bank or supplement its supplies at local grocery stores, it has to pay to rent a truck, eating up funds that could be better put to use purchasing food.

The pantry is located at the Roslindale Congregational Church at 25 Cummins Highway. Checks can be made out to the Roslindale Food Pantry and sent to the church. Travel by Judie Leon is located at 42 Corinth Street, Roslindale.

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