Food pantries there to aid those in need during pandemic
As the pandemic has continued, the communities of Beverly, Waterford and Lowell have rallied and supported their local food pantries to help provide food in the community to those who need it.
Washington County Commissioner James Booth, who is a resident in the Lowell area, said the pandemic has helped bring out people’s need to want to help their neighbors during this difficult time.
“As far as what I see personally, I see churches making sure people are taken care of,” Booth said.
He attends Lowell Christian Church which held a food giveaway this past fall where a lot of food was provided by an anonymous donor and handed out to those who needed it.
“I believe there are many people doing better than what is believed,” he said. “I think many people are in a giving mood and people are taking care of others.”
People who need assistance should try to connect to the people doing these services, Booth said. There are people out there willing to help them and they need to be able to find each other, he added.
Booth talked about a house fire in Lowell recently where people in the community came together and helped the family who lost their home.
People are helping their neighbors with food and other needs.
The schools have also been good about helping students with food needs and more throughout the last summer.
“It appears people are helping out each other and that is a great thing,” Booth said.
The Lowell Area Mission Basket Food Pantry is located at 309 Walnut St. in Lowell.
Lowell Mayor Steve Weber said the pantry is pretty busy on the days it is open, which include the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 9-11 a.m.
The Waterford-Beverly Food Pantry is located at 307 Seventh St. in Beverly. Director Jo Teters said the pantry has been receiving a lot of support from around the area.
“We have seen the community has gone above and beyond with donations this year, more than what I was expecting with the pandemic,” she said. “We haven’t had any trouble securing food for people.”
In the early days of the pandemic and through the summer months, their numbers were down. Teters was not sure why as there were times they were expecting a higher demand but that did not happen. Things like stimulus money and other help might have helped people during those times.
“Our numbers now are starting to pick back up and we still have donations coming in,” she said. “We are very grateful for everything the community does for us.”
The Beverly-Waterford pantry is seeing a wide variety of donations coming in from school drives, businesses, churches, individuals, community organizations and others. They serve people in the Beverly, Waterford and Watertown area. People don’t need an appointment.
“They come in the hours we are open and we will serve them,” Teters said.
The pantry has given out a lot of canned goods, frozen meats and other odds and ends that were donated. Donated meat has to be processed through a U.S. Department of Agriculture-approved processor.
The pantry is open every Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. and the second and fourth Thursday of each month from 9-11 a.m.
“We operate totally on donations,” Teters said. “We depend on our communities and other donations to help keep us going.
“That helps us help a wide variety of people.”
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