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?


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.



Board Members

Susan Basener

Board Chair

Miriam Greenlee

Program Director

Jim Harbeson

Treasury Auditor

Jim Gribble

Treasury Auditor


Purchasing Manager

Sue Caswell

Backpack Program

Diana Georgeson

Backpack Program

Marti Hawkins

Community Support

Jim Landskroener


Margie Baker


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.

Those of us who work with our clients at the Food Pantry have the opportunity to speak with them, to welcome them, and to offer assistance.  Miriam Greenlee, our Program Director, meets with each client personally on every visit.  She has come to know many of them, and often they share their stories, both positive ones and ones of difficulty. Mrs. Greenlee not only provides helpful information, but just as importantly, she provides encouragement and respect. Recently she “went the extra mile” for a needy family.

Mrs. Greenlee was unloading supplies she had purchased for the Pantry on a day when the Pantry was closed.  While at the door, she was approached by a stranger, a mother who had five children and her sister with her.  Instead of telling the mother to return the next morning when the Pantry opened, she listened to the woman’s story and concluded she was in great need for food.  The family had been evicted, gathered their few belongings and managed to find another place to rent, but there was no money for food. All her husband’s salary was used for the rent.  And so, this family was welcomed into the Pantry where they received enough food for about one week, and each of the children received a box of donated Girl Scout cookies as a treat.

If the family needs food again, they may return the following month with a referral. But in the meantime, a family crisis of hunger was averted, and the Food Pantry carried out its mission: no one in Kent County should go to bed hungry.

Once again, the Washington College Office of Student Affairs hosted the Empty Bowls fundraiser for the Food Pantry on March 23.  The Prince Theater at the Garfield Center was full of supporters who paid $20 for a lovely handmade pottery bowl and a delicious meal.

The homemade soups were prepared by volunteers from RiverArts.  The bowls were made and donated by local potters in RiverArts Clay Studio as well as other studios in the area.

Special thanks for the beautiful bowls created by Marilee Shuman, Jessica Connor, Lolli Sherry, Doug Sassi and others. The bowls are taken home as a reminder that not everyone has a bowl full of food each day.  Joe Baker, Purchasing Manager of the Community Food Pantry, spoke about the work of the Food Pantry and thanked everyone for their support; the Food Pantry relies on local donations and efforts by individuals and groups to support the work of the Pantry. Many thanks to Kellyanne Ford and Heather Morris from Washington College, Jodi Bortz and Lani Seikaly from RiverArts and Jim Landskroener from the Garfield for their time and leadership to make this a very successful event.

All proceeds will benefit the Food Pantry.

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…


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…