St. Paul's Episcopal Church donates $1,000 to Community Cupboard

Bruce Hicks of Jefferson, senior warden of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Lancaster handed a check on Wednesday, Nov. 20, to Susan Carlson, center, of Guildhall, secretary of the board of directors of the Lancaster Area Community Cupboard, that will be spent to feed those in need under the direction of food pantry coordinator Myra Emerson of Lancaster. The meeting took place in the St. Paul's Parish House. Photo by Edith Tucker. (click for larger version)
November 26, 2013
LANCASTER — "A couple of weeks ago, Susan Carlson of Guildhall who serves as secretary of the board of directors of the Lancaster Area Community Cupboard, let our vestry know that the cupboard was low on cash and might have to reduce the large number of area residents who routinely use its services on a weekly or monthly basis," explained St. Paul's Episcopal Church senior warden Bruce Hicks of Jefferson.

"We voted at last week's vestry meeting to give a $1,000 check to the Community Cupboard to mark the beginning of Advent on Sunday, Dec. 1," Hicks said. "We simply could not let families in need go hungry over the holidays!"

Bishop Rob Hirshfeld of Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire also recently became aware of the Community Cupboard's needs, and the Diocese has already sent the food pantry, housed in the United Methodist Church at 153 Main Street.

"Additionally, the St. Paul's Outreach Committee has designated the Community Cupboard as the recipient of the offerings it receives during the Christmas season," Hicks continued. "This group has provided assistance to a number of worthy causes, many in Third World countries, but believes that in these tough times, a local emphasis would be more appropriate."

Although cans of food are always welcome, cash allows the area food pantry to buy food for 18 cents a pound at the Food Bank in Manchester, a program of the New Hampshire Catholic Charities explained coordinator Myra Emerson of Lancaster. "In the summer and early fall we're also given fresh garden produce — vegetables and potatoes," Emerson said. "On average we serve 100 families a week."

Cans of vegetables and soups were recently collected by the Boy Scouts and canned goods and boxes of cereal and pasta were also donated by many of those attending the recent N.H. Association of Counties annual conference held at the Mountain View Grand in Whitefield.

At the moment, meat is in short supply, said Emerson, pointing out that the Cupboard has had to cut back on buying this popular protein source.

Crafton added that Peaslee's Potatoes is once again growing small potatoes and that the Cupboard will buy some bags from the local farm.

Five new families just signed up to come to the Community Cupboard, Emerson said. They must show proof of residence, as well as how many people live in their household, and then sign an application that includes income information and lists any other assistance they receive.

St. Paul's welcomes everyone for a meal of free soup, homemade bread, and dessert at 5 p.m. every Tuesday during the winter.

A free soup kitchen is held every Monday night at the Methodist Church; lunch is served there at noon on Thursdays, and breakfast on Friday mornings.

These efforts depend on area volunteers and, like the food pantry shelves, on donations from local churches and civic groups.

Tax-deductible checks can be mailed to treasurer Toni Farnham, Community Cupboard, in care of United Methodist Church, 16 Church Street, Lancaster, NH 03584.

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