Agnes Gray Elementary School
The Foodstock pantry was established in 2017 to help with food insecurity at the school, which has one of the highest free/reduced lunch rates in the local school district. Families who express a need rely on their children to shop in the presence of volunteers every Friday and deliver their bounty home on the school bus. They also provide food for members of the community in emergency situations and are flexible about hours of operation, and have been helping to address hunger over the summer. Fresh vegetables from their school garden have helped to address hunger over the summer as well.
Bethel Food Pantry
The pantry is located at the Nazarene Church in Bethel and currently provides drive-thru service on the first Wednesday of every month from 9:00-2:00, and is also available by appointment. They serve Bethel, West Bethel, Gilead, Albany, Stoneham, Locke Mills, Greenwood, Woodstock, Bryant Pond, Mason Township, Hanover, Newry, Andover, and Upton. For more info, visit www.bethelfoodpantry.org.
Servant’s Heart Food Pantry
Operating out of the United Baptist Church of Peru, this pantry serves all residents of the River Valley region and is open to all. They provide food, as well as clothing. They are occasionally able to help meet other needs as well, such as heating expenses and medical care. Servant’s Heart Pantry is currently open on second Mondays from 8:30-11:00, every Tuesday from 9:00-11:45, and by appointment.