EDITORIAL: Wallingford food pantry need does not change with the seasons

EDITORIAL: Wallingford food pantry need does not change with the seasons

It’s not difficult to see why there might be a problem. During the winter months, when getting around is more difficult and heating costs put added pressure on what may already be strapped finances, people tend to look for ways to help one another out. The holiday season is also known as the season for giving, so the message typically gets sent loud and clear about the need to come to the aid of those less fortunate.

Those reminders of the winter months tend to dissipate when our corner of the world gets warmer, but what doesn’t dissipate is the need. The demand remains constant.

Thus places like Master’s Manna food pantry in Wallingford face a predicament of an unbalanced equation, when it is serving “the same amount of people but is not getting the same amount of donations,” according to Susan Heald, pantry manager.

So the pantry, at 428 S. Cherry St., continues to provide food for about 400 people a week but finds itself out of many important items, including cereal, pasta and soup.

Families in need can also face a greater challenge during the warmer months when the message about need tends to evaporate. Kids are home from school, which means those families eligible for free or reduced price lunch and breakfast through the school system are without that benefit. Robin Lamott Sparks, executive director of End Hunger Connecticut, told the Record-Journal that can add up to more than $300 per child for the same foods.

Clearly, there’s a need that does not come and go with the seasons. Donations can be made directly to the pantry, or by phone at 203-678-3042, or by email at office@mastersmanna.org.