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Wolfeboro Food Pantry seeking votes to secure $10,000 grant



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BARBARA MOSLEY'S HARD WORK on a grant proposal has put the L.I.F.E. Ministries Food Pantry in the running for $10,000. Success depends on community members' votes of support to the Wolfeboro KIND Movement. Food Pantry Board members are (l-r): seated, Maureen Faul, Theresa DeChiaro, Kathy Barnard, Kathy Davey, Rev. Ted Rice, Dianne Wasmuth, Rev. Gina Finocchiaro, Barbara McClure and Jane Batchelder; and standing, Stanley Anderson, Kent Cromwell, Rev. Robert Cole, Mal Cook, grant writer Barbara Mosley (from Gatherings by Stellaloona) and Joe Carilli. (Elissa Paquette photo) (click for larger version)
November 21, 2013
WOLFEBORO — The L.I.F.E. Ministries Food Pantry has an opportunity to receive $10,000 toward its work of feeding the hungry throughout the area. Whether that money materializes for the good of Wolfeboro and surrounding communities depends on how many votes it can garner from individuals here and around the world through the Internet.

To vote in support of the Wolfeboro KIND Movement, initiated by Barbara Mosley of Gatherings by Stellaloona, type in the "Wolfeboro KIND movement" in your internet search window. That will bring you to its Facebook page. There you will find the link to get to the voting page for Mosley's "Hunger is not just a game: KINDness matters" project.

Her project is one of 77 in competition for the most votes, and votes must be made before the end of the month. That's when L.I.F.E. Ministries will know if it has cause to celebrate on behalf of the individuals and families it serves.

The yearly L.I.F.E. Ministries Food Pantry budget is $171,000. From this budget, $130,000 is spent on food; $20,000 pays for electricity, heat, light, water, and insurance; and $20,000 is reserved as surplus to cover these services the following year before funds arrive (a requirement of the Food Pantry guidelines).

President of the Board Joe Carilli says that the need for food gets attention around the holidays, but when the New Year comes around, hunger remains, but funds slow down. $10,000 gained from the kindness offered by the few moments required to make a vote, multiplied by the number of people supporting the effort, would be a cause for celebration.

L.I.F.E. Ministries Food Pantry has been serving the area hungry since 1989 with an entirely volunteer staff. It often serves as many as 150 families a week (700-800 people) nine meals per person, and these days, says Food Distribution Coordinator Jane Batchelder, "We're getting younger and younger kids coming in the food pantry. Some of their jobs are seasonal."

Mosley found out about the opportunity to be listed among the many worthy projects in the running for this month's grant by following up on information on a KIND bar label. She and Mary Jane Gorst sell the nutritious bars at their 13 Railroad Ave. bakery, Gatherings by Stellaloona.

"Every Saturday, we fill tub after tub with sweet and savory items from our bakery and give them to the Food Pantry for distribution, but we'd like to do more," says Mosley.

In researching for the grant, she discovered that of the Governor Wentworth Regional School District's 2,310 students, 833 qualify for the Federal free and reduced fee lunch program.

She also learned from Terry Flynn Sullivan, "Home Link Coordinator" for the Governor Wentworth Regional School District that 122 students are homeless with a suspected 50 or 60 more yet unidentified. (Read her "Other Voices" letter this week for more information on hunger close to home.)

Mosley hopes area residents will take a moment to vote to help those who are less fortunate in the community and share the link with their Facebook friends to spread the word. "It would be a crime not to win the vote," says Carilli. Mosley welcomes calls at 569-2234. Carilli may be reached by calling 569-0202.

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