Every Monday: 9:30-11:00 AM
Families and friends seeking assistance: Please arrive after 8:30 on Monday mornings. Parking lots will be closed to clients prior to 8:30.
Each day thousands of New Hampshire Residents eat nothing.
The New Hampshire Food Bank is selling cans of Nothing at participating grocery stores statewide. The cans are empty and represent the reality that more than 10% of our New Hampshire friends and neighbors face every day: hunger. Please click on the can of Nothing for more information.
It was the beginning of Christmas at Shepherd’s Pantry today as volunteers began the distribution of special food items for Christmas along with the standard Pantry food order. In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Pantry, hams were purchased for the families (turkeys were also available as an option.) In addition they received Pancake mix and syrup, pineapple and fresh potatoes, onions, carrots and oranges. The clients were very grateful and full of thanks to those who support the pantry.
(More gratitude on our Thanks! page.)
The Shepherd’s Pantry distributes special Thanksgiving baskets with fixings for a Thanksgiving dinner, including a turkey, on the two Mondays before Thanksgiving. Pantry volunteers sorted and distributed baskets to the first group of clients on Monday Nov 13.
Twenty five years ago two women from Windham, Sue Kling and Laura Marcille had the idea at the same time to start a Food Pantry in Windham to assist needy families in Southern NH with basic groceries. Sue Kling was a member of St Matthews Church and Laura Marcille was a member the Windham Presbyterian Church. After 25 years of operation the Pantry is helping about 100 families each week providing them with one or two bags of groceries plus meat, bread, eggs, fresh vegetables, fruit and some items for personal care.
As a way of marking this anniversary the Shepherd’s Pantry group of 94 volunteers decided to donate and dedicate a shrub at each of the founder’s churches.
At St Matthew Church on Sunday September 24th, a Flaming Silver Lily of the Valley Andromeda shrub was dedicated with a plaque remembering Sue Kling and the Pantry Anniversary. The Knights of Columbus from St Matthew donated the shrub and the plaque. Boy Scout Alex Girata assisted with the planting of the shrub.
A second shrub was dedicated at Windham Presbyterian Church on Monday October 23 with a plaque in honor of Laura Marcille and the Pantry Anniversary.
Laura, who now lives in Florida, was unexpectedly in the area the day before the planned dedication and was able to view the shrubs and plaque. Rich Parow, a Shepherd’s Pantry volunteer and employee of Lake Street Garden Center in Salem was responsible for shrub and plaque selections and arranging for these donations. Boy Scout Alex Girata assisted Rich with the plantings.
L-R: Tom DeWitt (Shepherd’s Pantry Vice President,) Father Brian Kennedy CSsR, Laurie Johnson (Shepherd’s Pantry President,) Sean Kneeland, Brittnee Kneeland, Sophia Gifford, Nicky Kneeland, Nathan Kneeland, David Kling, Colleen Jezierski, Andrew Jezierski.
L-R: Debbie MacKenzie (Shepherd’s Pantry Board & Windham Presbyterian,) Rich Parow (Shepherd’s Pantry Volunteer,) Laurie Johnson (Shepherd’s Pantry President.)