WELLS---In an effort to reach more people in need, the St. Mary’s Ecumenical Food Pantry in Wells will expand its operating hours to support current and new clients looking for assistance.
The food pantry, which is located at St. Mary Church on 236 Eldridge Road in Wells, will be open on Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on a trial basis from November 6 to January 8. The pantry will also remain open as usual on Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
“There are several reasons, but chief among them is we’ve been informed that some individuals who need assistance are unable to get to the food pantry during the daytime,” said Fr. Fred Morse, pastor of Holy Spirit Parish of which St. Mary Church is a part. “We think that this additional opening on Wednesday evenings will help in many of those cases.”
The food pantry, which is staffed by local volunteers, has operated for more than 15 years to provide help to those in the Ogunquit/Wells area who are dealing with food insecurity. Anyone needing help obtaining food is welcome to use the services of the pantry.
“If the trial run indicates that this evening need exists, the Wednesday opening will continue,” said Fr. Morse.
Volunteers are needed to provide this new, additional service on Wednesday. If you would like to help on one or more Wednesdays per month, please contact Jim Heenan at Jimheenan@aol.com or Paul Goyette at (207) 252-3245.
If you are able to donate to the food pantry, St. Mary’s currently needs canned vegetables, cereal, dry soup, dish detergent, and small laundry detergent. Donations can be made at the parish office (also located at St. Mary Church). For more information, contact Holy Spirit Parish at (207) 646-5605.