Help Kent County Food Pantry feed families in need.

Let’s get together to end hunger.

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

410-778-0550

If you are in immediate need of food, contact Social Services, 350 High Street, Chestertown, 410-810-7600, or call the Pantry 410-778-0550. You can stop by the Pantry any time when open.

We are located in downtown Chestertown, Maryland, on the corner of High and Mill Streets, at Christ United Methodist Church. Enter at the Mill Street entrance.

The Pantry is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. until 12 noon and the second Wednesday of the month from 10:00 a.m. until 12 noon.

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

Meet our amazing volunteers

Would you like to be a part of our amazing volunteer 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?

Please fill out our Kent Food Pantry Volunteer Form.

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

What We Give

  • 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

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

 

Board Members

Susan Basener

Board Chair

Miriam Greenlee

Program Director

Jim Harbeson

Treasury Auditor

Jim Gribble

Treasury Auditor

Joe
Baker

Purchasing Manager

Sue Caswell

Backpack Program

Diana Georgeson

Backpack Program

Marti Hawkins

Community Support

Jim Landskroener

Secretary

Margie Baker

Volunteers

David Menzie

Community Support

Marilyn Parks

Community Support

Rachel Perry Panas

Social Media

Contact us

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

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 27 years!

Once again, the Pantry is honored to be the recipients of proceeds from Kent School’s Third Annual Empty Bowls Event to be held at the school on Friday, November 9, 2018. 

Kent School’s art teacher, Pat Parkhurst said, “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 an Empty Bowls event in the spring. 

The Soup-er Bowl at Kent County High School, held in March this year, is co-chaired by art teacher Stephanie Spence along with the National Art Honor Society students. Kent School holds an Empty Bowls for their students in November. 

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

The 8th annual Empty Bowls event was held on April 11 at First Methodist Church in Chestertown. All proceeds from the evening are donated to the work of Community Food Pantry. Dedicated potters from RiverArts Clay Studio created beautiful bowls.

Everyone who came chose a bowl and then was served delicious homemade soup, bread and cookies.  Music was provided by the Ukulele Club, and Sue Caswell from the Pantry Board briefly spoke about the impact of the Pantry in the community.

The sell out crowd seemed appreciative of all the efforts and clearly enjoyed the evening which was a delight for the senses! Besides the Clay Studio, other sponsors were Kent County Arts Council, Bookplate, MassoniArt, Mimi’s Closet, Peaceful World Enterprise, and Welcome Home.

The annual Soup-er Bowl Event at Kent County High School, an Empty Bowls Project, is scheduled for Thursday, March 15, 4:30-7:00 at Kent County High School. It is presented by the Art Honor Society students and the art department under the leadership of Mrs. Stephanie Spencer.

Stephanie Spencer, Chair of the Fine Arts Department at the High School, educated her students about the degree of hunger in Kent County. Her students have learned about the work of the Community Food Pantry whose goal is that “no one goes to bed hungry in Kent County.” The students created pottery bowls that will be used used to serve a delicious meal of homemade soup, bread and dessert, prepared and donated by friends and family.  Each person who attends purchases a ticket for $12 takes home an empty bowl as a reminder of the hunger in our County. All the proceeds benefit the Community Food Pantry in Kent County. Once again the Food Pantry will gratefully accept this donation made possible by the time and talents of students and faculty at our local High School.  A special thank you also goes to the parents, teachers, and local restauranteurs who made and donated the soups.

Reservations are requested 410-778-4540.

2018 Empty Bowls & Support for the Food Pantry

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 27 years! Once again, the Pantry is honored to be the recipients of proceeds from Kent…

The 8th Annual Empty Bowls

The 8th annual Empty Bowls event was held on April 11 at First Methodist Church in Chestertown. All proceeds from the evening are donated to the work of Community Food Pantry. Dedicated potters from RiverArts Clay Studio created beautiful bowls. Everyone…

SOUP-ER BOWL 2018

The annual Soup-er Bowl Event at Kent County High School, an Empty Bowls Project, is scheduled for Thursday, March 15, 4:30-7:00 at Kent County High School. It is presented by the Art Honor Society students and the art department under the…

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