Food Bank is Ready to Serve
By Shari L. Covino
The Town of Marlborough has a Food Bank. Like many other
towns, Marlborough is now on the record as providing its
residents with a long awaited donation and collection
food sharing service. The Food Bank, with its
ribbon-cutting ceremony held on Tuesday, December 6,
will officially open its doors on Tuesday, December 13.
3 Wilenger Drive in Marlborough, the facility is ready
to serve Town residents, thanks to Linda Cherry,
Chairperson of the Senior and Social Services Study
In April 2005 a committee was formed to include a
9-person group made up of citizens who researched and
evaluated Town residents’ needs in the community. A
report was provided to the Board of Selectmen on the
results obtained from the extensive work. After much
research, a Food Bank became a top priority. Linda
Cherry was instrumental in organizing the most critical
information pertinent to the Town’s needs, after which
she developed a plan to begin the project. There are
many people in Marlborough who need support. They may be
unemployed, underemployed, or ill, and unable to meet
their weekly food shopping requirements. The Food Bank
is designed as a convenient way for these residents to
meet their food needs on a regular basis.
Linda and the committee went to great lengths to provide
all the essentials necessary for a complete food sharing
facility. They recently acquired a refrigerator and are
expecting a freezer in the near future. The committee
has been able to obtain shelving and bookcases from the
school project, and food donations were provided from
many residents. Volunteers were also on hand to
contribute their time and efforts.
“I’ve been able to acquire a freezer from another
business in town who will no longer need it,” Old
furniture came from the RHAM school project and
Marlborough Bakery donated tables and chairs
throughout,” Linda said. “The Bakery will also donate
unsold baked bread on a weekly basis.”
“One of the things I learned from this project was that
I was able to tap into different resources within the
community,” Linda said. “There is a tremendous number of
resources that are available. Thirty-six people have
come forward to assist clients in food selection and
they worked hard at making the facility feel comfortable
and welcoming,” she added.
The outcome has resulted in providing the Town with a
Food Bank accessible to residents on an ongoing basis.
The Food Bank hours are Tuesdays, 10am – 12:00 p.m. and
3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Go to the Town’s website at
http://www.marlboroughct.com for information on
guidelines for the facility.
Pictured: Linda Cherry stands next to shelving at
Marlborough’s new Food Bank facility, ready to open its
doors on December 13. Click picture to enlarge.
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