Fishes and Loaves at The Pilgrim House
Letter from our Director:
We continue to be amazed by the food contributions that come through our doors; many times with no indication of who the donor is. Serving people in need from Canaan, Falls Village and Norfolk, we are privileged to have this very important work within our church. The pantry originally opened by Lois Carlson in 1992 as a church-supported program.
We are about making people feel more secure about where their food is coming from. Our clients depend onus to provide some of their staples; whether that is potatoes or rice, tuna fish or peanut butter, onions or apples, cereal or mac and cheese, milk, eggs, chicken, beef, pork, black-eyed peas, hummus chips, greenbeans, spinach, cabbage, kale and bread. Sometimes, thanks to generous donors, we offer coffee and cakes; and for Valentines Day every client who came to the Pilgrim House walked out with chocolate truffles.
Next are the community churches, which notably include: St. Joseph Catholic Church, Canaan United Methodist Church and Canaan Seventh-Day Adventist Church.
There are many organizations that we depend upon. These include: Community Foundation of NWConnecticut, Music for Food at Music Mountain, Immaculate Conception Church, The
Boy Scouts of America, CropWalk, The Canaan Foundation, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, The Archdiocese of Hartford, Daughters of Isabella, The Salisbury Rotary Club, Geer Village, Northwest Connecticut YMCA, North Canaan Elementary School, Local 1303 AFSCME, AFL-CIO, Berkshire School and Salisbury School. Salisbury Bank holds collections for food and money on a regular basis.
We would like to mention one particular individual who generously donates turkeys to us twice a year: Known as NASCAR Dave, he is Dave MacMillan of Millerton, New York. We also collaborate with Pet Partners and can provide our clients with dog and cat food. There are, of course, many farmers, businesses and individuals who donate food as well as monetary funds to Fishes and Loaves. We celebrate all the individuals and organizations that support us.
We are currently providing more food to each client than we ever have before. Clients are actually able to shop for the food that they want from our store shelves.
Helping people get enough food for their families is gratifying work for the staff of Fishes and Loaves. We feel it is an honor and are all committed to what we do. We strive to make people feel comfortable and welcome at Pilgrim House. We care.
We are available to anyone from North Canaan, Falls Village or Norfolk who needs food.
Some folks need help for just a week or two and others for a more extended period of time. Looking toward the future, we have these goals:
- To raise the community’s awareness of our program.
- To make everyone who walks through our doors at Pilgrim House feel welcome.
- To reach more of the community members who are in need of our services.
- To increase the nutritional value of the food we distribute.
- To have the food pantry open every week, unless severe weather conditions prohibit.
We help people cope with the struggle.
Please send your funding donor gifts to:
Fishes & Loaves Food Pantry
P.O. Box 306
North Canaan CT 06018
Thank you for your continued support and generosity.
Louise Riley, Director