Island Food Pantry could use some help this winter


The Island Food Pantry reports that it needs some help to keep its shelves well-stocked for the next few months. “Donations during the holidays were tremendous, but they have already gone to people in need,” Penny Uhlendorf told The Times in an email.

The Food Pantry provides bags of staple foods and fresh produce to each client every two weeks. Needed are food donations and personal items that include teas, coffee, hot chocolate, mayonnaise, ketchup, raisins, nuts, Jell-O, chips, crackers, cookies, candy, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, soaps, and diapers.

Food Pantry drop-off boxes are available Island-wide, including the following locations: The Cronig’s, Stop and Shop, and Reliable markets; all town libraries; the YMCA; Alley’s; the Hebrew Center; and the Edgartown Santander Bank. Donations of unexpired food items may also be dropped off at the United Methodist Church (the “stone church”) on Church Street in Vineyard Haven during Food Pantry hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, from 2 to 4 pm.

For more information, call 508-693-4764. Contributions may also be mailed to Island Food Pantry, P.O. Box 1874, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.