Stoughton resident Peg Carbone hopes that each Thursday will become “Food Pantry Day” in Stoughton.
In many ways, it already has. Over the last few months, Carbone makes her rounds throughout town, collecting donations for the Stoughton Food pantries every Thursday. Carbone picks up donations of any size—“one can, one bag, or several.”
The cliché “every little bit helps” certainly applies here.
As part of an effort to give back to the community, Stoughton Patch joined Carbone on Thursday, February 17 as she picked up that week’s donations. Even on a light pickup day, Carbone was able to fill the backseat and trunk of her red SUV.
Still, the need is great, she stressed.
“These are tough times for people on fixed incomes, especially during the winter months when folks have to heat their homes, but still need to feed their families," Carbone said.
Any items donated to the food pantry have to be non-perishable (check to make sure the item’s expiration date has not passed).
Carbone said there is a particular need for proteins, i.e. beans and canned tuna. She also said pasta inventories have been low recently. She suggests buying the items on sale at the grocery store, so you can get more for your dollar when making a donation.
“Think in terms of your own home—toilet paper, cleaning products, non-perishable food—if you use it, then these folks will use it as well,” she said.
Call Carbone at 508-889-1385 or send an email to email@example.com to arrange a pickup. Watch the video in the media gallery to learn more about Carbone’s efforts to curb hunger in Stoughton.