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Kent County Food Pantry

Let’s get together to end hunger.

Help Kent County Food Pantry feed families in need.

Are you seeking food for yourself, your family, a neighbor, co-worker or friend?

Call us at the Food Pantry.

410-778-0550

Are you in immediate need of food?

Contact Kent County Dept. of Social Services: 410-810-7600

You can stop by the Pantry any time we’re open.

We are located in downtown Chestertown, Maryland at Christ United Methodist Church.

On the corner of High and Mill Streets, please use the Mill Street entrance.

The Pantry is open every Tuesday, Thursday and second Wednesday of the month from 10:00 a.m. – noon.

Our mailing address is P.O. Box 346, Chestertown, Maryland 21620.

Meet our amazing volunteers

Be a part of an amazing team!

There are many areas of the Kent Food Pantry that you can get involved in.

Are you a people person?  Do you prefer to move boxes rather than engage in small talk?  How about social media?

Just fill out our Kent Food Pantry Volunteer Form by clicking the button below.

Not ready to volunteer or want more information? Contact us

What We Do…

The Kent County Food Pantry provides supplemental food to persons with limited incomes. The Pantry’s goal is to ensure that all qualified clients in Kent County receive sufficient non-perishable food to meet their basic nutritional needs.

Eligibility is determined by Kent County’s Departent of Social Services, by local clergy, schools, law enforcement, and other caring individuals in the County.

If possible, please bring a written statement showing your need for food. The Kent County Food Pantry will provide food and give you a list of other food assistance options in your community, as well as other information you need to access food for you and your family.

If you need food, come to the Pantry Tuesday and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. until noon, or the second Wednesday of the month, 10 a.m. until noon.  If you do not have a referral, come to the Pantry and obtain your food.  You may bring your referral on your next visit.

A referral voucher can be obtained at the Kent County Department of Social Services (350 High Street in Chestertown) across from the Pantry.

Bring the voucher to The Food Pantry where you will meet our Program Director.  This voucher allows you to receive 60 to 80 pounds or more of food depending on your family size.

Please also bring bags or boxes to carry food as the Pantry does not provide those.

Who We Serve

  • Residents of all ages living in Kent County
  • People with disabilities
  • Low income elderly
  • Children in low-income households
  • Families with part-time or low paying jobs
  • Unemployed men and women

What We Give

A qualifying family will receive three or more bags each month.

Each Pantry bag includes plenty of non-perishable foods and everyday items needed by all. items such as:  toilet paper, soap, toothpaste and other personal products.

Supporters

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Board Members

Susan Basener

Board Chair

Sue Caswell

Program Director

Mariam Satchell

Social Media, Web, Public Relations

Jim Gribble

Treasury Auditor

Rachel Perry Panas

Backpack Programs

Joe
Baker

VP Purchasing Manager

Diana
Georgeson

Community Outreach

David
Menzie

Community Outreach

Marilyn
Parks

Community Events

Marti
Hawkins

Community Events

Chanelle
Copper

Backpack Programs

Stephen
Patrick

Warehouse, Stocking Shelves

Jim
Landskroener

Secretary

Contact us

Please let us know if you have any questions. We’d love to hear from you.

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We are so pleased to introduce you to our new Program Director: Susan Caswell.  She is a delight and has taken on this role with her trademark joy and excellence.

She has always tried to be involved in some form of committee/church service and has a desire and obligation to share with those less fortunate.  Sue has served on the Community Food Pantry Board, most specifically involved with our efforts to serve children.

Sue has had a dual career, first in healthcare administration and then as an educator. She has taught all levels of students in both private and public schools.  She spent her formative years in Turkey. It taught her the value of different cultures and a desire to know people from all over the world.

An interesting tidbit: Sue attended a boys’ prep school in Western Massachusetts.  It was at the time when girls’ and boys’ schools had declining enrollments because kids did not want to go to gender specific schools. Five faculty daughters were invited to attend as guinea pigs to see what it was like to have girls on campus. Needless to say, she did not play on the football team.  She did mention that the school merged with a nearby girls’ school so they must have been a least somewhat acceptable.

Sue has a wonderful husband Lansing, who is a professor at WAC, a son, Rob, a Thai daughter-in-law, Roj, and a sweet granddaughter, Hannah. She also has four dogs and six cats.

Her hobbies are sewing, cooking, gardening, kayaking, knitting, reading.

We hope you will welcome her with much love.

Miriam Greenlee, the loyal, caring, and capable Program Director of the Community Food Pantry for 17 years, passed away on August 28th after a brief illness.  Miriam began as a volunteer with her husband Curtis and then became the Program Director. She had many gifts – encouragement, a sense of humor, fairness, and a passion to help those in need – to name a few. She set the highest standard for quality at the Pantry, and all of us who serve there will commit to maintaining and growing the services she so capably directed.

The Community Food Pantry exists because our community provides the resources needed to obtain the food and run the Pantry week after week for the past 28 years!

Once again, the Pantry is honored to be the recipients of proceeds from Kent School’s Fourth Annual Empty Bowls Event held at the school on Friday, November 8, 2019. 

Kent School’s art teacher, Pat Parkhurst has stated, “This is our third year completing the Empty Bowls project with our students. It is a great example of our School’s mission in practice. The students’ work is not only artistically excellent, they are all practicing moral excellence by offering their pieces to support the Kent County Food Pantry.”

This year, talented and dedicated Kent County residents will have presented three “empty bowls” events. These events have the common goal of raising awareness of the hunger in our county and providing the means for people to help put food on the tables of those who are in need.

If you, the reader, have never attended one of the following events, mark your calendars for the future events. Not only are the pottery bowls a meaningful addition to your home, but the food, the camaraderie and the chance to support the Pantry are reasons to attend.

Chestertown RiverArts, under the leadership of Marilee Schumann and the RiverArts Clay Studio, holds their Empty Bowls event in the spring each year.

Soup-er Bowl at Kent County High School, is held in March each year. It is co-chaired by art teacher Stephanie Spence along with the National Art Honor Society students.

Therefore, young people, high school students, and adults all have the opportunity to participate and make a difference in Kent County.