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By Renee Plant

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The Ecumenical Community Food Pantry of Norwood is in need of donations in several important categories, and is asking the community for help.
Supplies are critically low for the following items - tuna, canned fruits and vegetables, canned pasta, baked beans and pasta sauce.
In addition to the aforementioned items, the pantry is also in need of chunky-style soups. While many tomato and chicken noodle varieties line the shelves, more hearty soups that could make a full meal would be helpful. Additionally, cake and brownie mixes are needed, as many families are looking for something sweet in the time of holidays and celebration. Apart from food items, brown paper bags are sought after to allow individuals to carry the items home.
Given that the holiday season is approaching, Norwood Food Pantry’s publicity chair Jean Hall says donations are crucial to help families in need.
“Gifts are very special and appreciated at this time,” Hall said.
The food pantry opened its doors in 1989 to serve as a stepping stone for families in need. Currently, more than 300 families utilize the pantry’s services. The entire operation is run by a volunteer staff that purchases food, stocks shelves, sort goods by expiration date and handles administrative duties. There are more than 100 volunteers on-hand at this time.
Donations can be dropped off at the pantry, located at the rear entrance of Grace Episcopal Church, during donation hours, Thursday mornings 8:30-9:30 a.m. and Saturday mornings 7:30- 11 a.m. There is plentiful parking, and volunteers are available to assist in carrying in supplies.
If one wishes to donate but cannot do so at the scheduled drop off times, additional locations include the Morrill Memorial Library, Hannaford’s Supermarket on Rte. 1A, Shaw’s on Nahatan Street and Stop & Shop on Rte. 1/Providence Highway.
Those donating are reminded that items must be unopened and intact. Also, no expired food is accepted.
Checks and cash donations can also be made out to the Ecumenical Community Food Pantry of Norwood and sent to: 150 Chapel St., Norwood., MA 02062.
Lastly, those interested in organizing their own food drives can arrange special drop offs outside of the normal Thursday and Saturday hours by contacting Executive Director Ruth Taegar at 781-769-0425.
For further information and an updated list of needed supplies, please visit the Norwood Food Pantry’s Web site at www.norwoodpantry.org.

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