Andover Food Pantry Receives Many Generous Holiday Donations

Don't forget: the need continues after the holidays!

By Charlie Darling, Beacon staff
Imagination Inn children collected items for Andover’€™s Food Pantry. Helpers Kristi Perreault and Marissa Laro (back) delivered the items on a rainy Friday. Middle: Sawyer Ilg, Abby Bentzler, Jack Parris, Olivia Bentzler, Lukas Seimanns, Damien Jenifer, Emma Chadbourne, Ociee Ilg, Ella Labrie, Cilla Abrahamson. Front: Talia Hardie, Daniel Shedd, Parker Sweeney, Logan Welch, Paige Orcutt, Isaac Norris, Anya Chadbourne, Delana Adams, Sawyer Drummond. Photo: Doreen Perreault

The Andover Food Pantry, in the basement of the Town Hall, has received many generous donations of cash and non-perishable, staple food items from schools, clubs and organizations, businesses, and individuals. The photos accompanying this article document just a small slice of the generosity the community has shown to our friends and neighbors in need.

Anna and Caleb Warzocha brought soup and toiletries to the Andover Food Pantry just before their Christmas vacation started. Photo: Charlie Darling

The Andover Food Pantry, sponsored by the Andover Lions Club and The Andover Beacon, is open whenever the Town Hall is open and welcomes anyone who needs some help putting food on the table – take what you need, no sign-up, no questions asked.

After the holidays, donations to the Food Pantry often dwindle; yet the need continues! The community is urged to donate cash and/or non-perishable, staple food items throughout the year so we can continue this valuable service. Checks can be made out to the Andover Lions Club (put “Andover Food Pantry” in the memo line) and mailed to PO Box 204, Andover 03216 or dropped off at the Town Hall. If you donate food, please be sure that nothing’s already been opened or is out-of-date.

Cody and Sierra Provost brought bags of food to the Andover Food Pantry to help people eat well over the holidays. Photo: Charlie Darling
Nathan French (right, collecting money at a bake sale), son of George and Trudy French of Andover, organized a series of bake sales at Proctor that netted $800 for the Andover Food Pantry in December. A junior, Nathan first volunteered to raise funds for local families during his freshman year in 2009. “Haley Peters ran it back then,” Nathan recalls, “I just want to keep the program building.” This year’s drive was called the “Gary Peters/Andover Food & Fuel Fund” on campus. Nathan organized students and faculty who contributed baked goods for sale after all-school assemblies during the week of December 10. Photo: Chuck Will
The employees of ProClaim were among the many businesses, organizations, and individuals who helped make the holidays bright for everyone by bringing non-perishable, staple food items to the Andover Food Pantry in the basement of the Town Hall. Photo: Charlie Darling