BARKHAMSTED – The Town of Barkhamsted recently completed their seventh food box distribution event under the leadership of First Selectman Don Stein. The food was provided by the USDA Farmers2Families program.
Stein asked local nonprofits to help coordinate the event and the Barkhamsted Lions Club, Barkhamsted Senior Center, Riverton Grange #169 and Northwestern CT Cyber Lions Club volunteered to join together to distribute 1,500 pounds of food to those in need during the pandemic.
Barkhamsted Senior Center President Dave Roberts said “This food is so critical to help shut-in seniors and others affected by this pandemic have a lifeline until times improve. We are so grateful to our town’s leadership for allowing us to participate in this program.”
Fifteen volunteers from all four non-profits distributed food boxes at the Barkhamsted Senior Center and food boxes were also delivered to the homes of some residents who were not able to get out of their homes.
In addition to this food box distribution event, the four non-profits are also helping to ensure the town’s micro food pantry is stocked with non-perishables; collecting and providing books for the two micro libraries for residents to read; and picking up and delivering prescriptions to shut-in seniors. “Barkhamsted is such a great town to live, work and recreate,” said Barkhamsted Lion Jackie Martin, “and we are so happy to help those in need so that they can continue to enjoy our wonderful quality of life.”
Photos submitted by Dave Roberts, President, Barkhamsted Seniors.