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 Gribble

Treasurer

Jim Harbeson

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.

For the fifth year in a row, Peoples Bank and many generous local sponsors, have put their energy, staff, and finances behind Chester Gras, a Mardi Gras celebration that benefits our backpack programs. On February 10, 2018, rainy winter weather could not dampen the Chester Gras spirit, and a great time was had inside the warm tent on Spring Street. The event featured 10 delicious gumbos donated by area restaurants as well as some Cajun food, a silent auction, children’s activities, and lively music by Phil Dutton and the Alligators. Hundreds of people, many families with children, attended. The result? Over $9,600 raised for the Food Pantry to purchase food for the backpack programs. These volunteer run programs provide weekend food (in the students’ backpacks) for children in our public schools who live with food insecurity. Thank you everyone.

A Mardi Gras Dance Party was held in the evening at the Mainstay in Rock Hall.  All proceeds of this event were also donated to the Backpack Programs, totaling $2100.  Thanks especially to Carol Colgate at the Mainstay and Phil Dutton for making this happen!

 

Beginning in 2007, concerned citizens in Kent County at the grass roots level recognized the fact that a large number of our children live in homes where there is insufficient food, and as a result, local backpack programs emerged. The Backpack Program refers to organized efforts in our community to provide a bag of nutritious meals and snacks for school children on a weekly basis. These foods are provided for the weekend when school breakfasts and lunches are not available to children who live with food insecurity. The goal is to relieve immediate hunger and to allow children to come to school on Monday feeling well and ready to learn.

In school year 2015-2016, 1014 of the 2018 students enrolled in Kent County Public Schools received free breakfast and lunch, 50% of the total school population. This school year, 2016-2017, volunteers are packing meals for 289 students, 28% of the students with free lunch status:

  • Kent Co. Middle School 50 students
  • Garnett Elementary 90 students
  • Rock Hall Elementary 60 students
  • Galena Elementary 16 students
  • Worton Elementary 40 students
  • Millington Elementary 33 students

The Backpack Program began in Rock Hall 10 years ago. Garnett Elementary students were added in 2009, Kent County Middle in 2010, and soon followed by Millington, Worton, and Galena Elementary Schools.

The Community Food Pantry learned of these efforts of volunteers in churches and civic organizations, and in 2010 invited the backpack committees to order shelf stable individual servings of food from the Maryland Food Bank at no charge. Presently the Food Pantry is funding over $28,000 of backpack food a year. In addition, many individuals, churches and other organizations purchase food or make financial contributions.

Donations for the Backpack Program can be mailed to Backpack Program, c/o The Community Food Pantry, P.O. Box 346, Chestertown, MD 21620. Please make out the check to “Backpack Program.”

The Community Food Pantry’s Annual Appeal has once again provided funding needed to purchase food for our families in the coming year. The faithful support of our annual givers is most appreciated, and we are so grateful for the donors who have sent gifts this year for the first time. The Pantry is proud to receive almost all of its funding locally. Thank you for helping us take care of our own in need.
In addition to financial gifts, the Pantry received many warm coats, hats and gloves for the winter. Talented knitters, including the Presbyterian Church Knitters, brought in beautiful handmade hats, mittens, and scarves. Thoughtful people delivered toys and other special items to provide gifts for families during the holidays.
Our Pantry happily groaned under the weight of 9,351 pounds (6,228 from Kent County alone!)  of donated food during the months of November and December.
Thank you one and all.
The 2016 Annual Report is available upon request.

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…

The 8th Annual Empty Bowls (Event Notice)

The 8th annual Empty Bowls will take place on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, at First United Methodist Church, 105 N. Mill Street. Chestertown RiverArts Clay Studio hosts this popular community event that raises funds for the Kent County Food Pantry.…

"Dickens of a Christmas 2017” Benefits the Pantry

The organizers of this delightful family event December 1st through the 3rd in Chestertown chose to donate the proceeds of this event to the Food Pantry. A special thanks to Kay MacIntosh, Economic Development & Marketing Coordinator…

Chestertown’s first “Dickens of a Christmas” event

With “A Christmas Carol,”  Charles Dickens captured the Victorian revival of the holiday and helped establish our modern observance: family gatherings, seasonal food and drink, games, dancing, and festive generosity of spirit! Now,…

Ferris Foundation Supports Backpack Program

The Carl and Constance Ferris Charitable Foundation has once again generously honored our work with the Backpack Programs in Kent County. The Food Pantry received a $20,000 donation to be used to purchase food for the 295 Kent County Public…

Chester Gras and Mardi Gras Dance Party Benefits Backpack Programs

For the fifth year in a row, Peoples Bank and many generous local sponsors, have put their energy, staff, and finances behind Chester Gras, a Mardi Gras celebration that benefits our backpack programs. On February 10, 2018, rainy winter weather…

The Backpack Program

Beginning in 2007, concerned citizens in Kent County at the grass roots level recognized the fact that a large number of our children live in homes where there is insufficient food, and as a result, local backpack programs emerged. The Backpack…

A Season of Giving

The Community Food Pantry’s Annual Appeal has once again provided funding needed to purchase food for our families in the coming year. The faithful support of our annual givers is most appreciated, and we are so grateful for the donors who…