St. Philip’s Episcopal Church’s Help Yourself Shelf Food Pantry makes an impact in the community — and organizers are quick to note that it’s members of the community that keep it going.

In a press release, organizers thanked The First for its recent contribution to the pantry, and the town of Wiscasset for continued support.

“To all the individuals who contribute items as well as funds,” the release stated, “HYS clients and volunteers extend our gratitude.

“The fresh rescued items from Shaw’s of Wiscasset, and Hannaford of Boothbay and Damariscotta continue to make it possible for food insecure families to have healthier diets because of the donated fresh produce and meats,” it added. “Without those weekly infusions, the Shelf offerings would be meager in amount and variety.”

Bottles donated at the town’s transfer station help fund monthly dispersal of personal care products, while dog and cat food is donated by Ames Supply and the Lincoln County Animal Shelter to help participants feed their furry family members.

“For many seniors, their pets are what helps make life bearable,” stated the release, “but Social Security doesn’t allow for purchasing enough human food, let alone pet food, to get through the month.”

This coming week, the pantry will not take place on its usual Thursday date, but instead on Tuesday, March 27. Pantry time will be the same, with sign-in prior to 5 p.m., and selection time beginning at 5.

St. Philip’s also has a busy week to close out the month, as it is Holy Week. There will be a Maundy Thursday service at 6 p.m. March 29, Good Friday service at 6 p.m. March 30, and a 9 a.m. Easter Service April 1.

For more information, call (207) 882- 7184 to leave a message, visit helpyourselfshelf.wordpress.com or facebook.com/HelpYourselfShelfFoodPantry.

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