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.
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.)
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.)
Providing help to families in need. Made possible by a dedicated group of volunteers.
Shepherd’s Pantry serves about 100 families every week, providing each with one or two bags of groceries plus meat, bread, eggs,some personal/health items, and seasonal vegetables. The Pantry operates from the Windham Presbyterian Church Hall at 1 Church Road every Monday morning between 9:30 am and 11:00 am. It is run entirely by volunteers; there is no paid staff. Shepherd’s Pantry was founded in 1992 by the Windham Presbyterian Church and St. Matthew’s Church and has been serving the greater Windham area continuously since then. We are thankful for the generous support we have received from all aspects of the greater Windham Community. Shepherd’s Pantry is open to anyone who resides in New Hampshire and needs assistance. For more information about the Shepherd’s Pantry please contact us.
If you live in New Hampshire and need food assistance, come to the Windham Presbyterian Church Hall any Monday morning between 8:30 and 11:00. Bring a driver’s license or other identification showing your present address. Once registered, you will receive a bag of groceries plus meat, eggs, fresh vegetables, bread and pastry items. The quantity of food your receive will be based on the number of people in your household. You may return whenever you need assistance but no more frequently than every other Monday. If you have others in your household, we will ask for some documentation that they are living with you but that documentation can be brought on your second Pantry visit. If you need emergency food assistance on days the Pantry is not open, go to the building directly across from the Windham Town Hall at 4 Lowell Rd (M-F, 8am-4pm) and ask for a bag of groceries.
The Pantry gratefully accepts food and personal care items as well as monetary donations. The operations of Shepherd’s Pantry are carried out by a dedicated group of volunteers who, each week,shop for food, pick up regular donations from supermarkets and bakeries, haul these to the Pantry, fill the shelves and freezers, and then bag the food andd istribute it to our clients each Monday morning. If you are interested in volunteering to work in some capacity for the Pantry, please contact us.