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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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Kent County Food Pantry distributed 126,000 pounds of food during 2016.

An average of 125 families pick up food monthly. Besides the standard menu items, our families enjoy fresh eggs and vegetables brought in every week and delicious cheese from our local cheese shop, donated every month!

Summer of 2017 brings in fresh vegetables from local gardeners and Colchester Farms.  Our clients choose from a wide variety of foods.  Recipes are also provided.  If you have fresh vegetables to share, please bring them to the Pantry between 9:30 and 10:00 on Tuesdays.  If this is not convenient for you, please contact us through this website or call 410-778-0550.

If you have questions about how long your food and beverages will stay safe and tasty, check out this website: www.stilltasty.com. It is full of information that you can and should use when preparing meals.

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.