Earlier in June, the Kiwanis Club of Wilton had members standing outside the Village Market and Stop and Shop, handing out lists of items that are most needed by the Wilton Food Pantry, and once again, Wilton stepped up. Over the course of one weekend, shoppers donated enough to completely refill the shelves plus contributed over $2,000 in gift cards and cash to the pantry.

Lauren Hughes is the social worker who oversees the Wilton Food Pantry and works with the families who receive help. On behalf of Wilton Social Services she extended thanks to Wilton residents for their generosity. Hughes also noted that currently there are 74 families (154 people) using the food bank to supplement their needs and the Kiwanis Club’s quarterly drives, as well as other collection efforts throughout the year, are critical to keep the pantry well stocked.

The pictures of the pantry shelves were taken before and after the Kiwanis Club’s collection, clearly showing how important the public’s generosity becomes. Summer can be a slower time for donations at the pantry so finding out how to keep their shelves stocked is critical.

For more information on how to continue helping, contact Wilton Social Services at 203.834.6238.