At one of their busiest times of year, the volunteers of the Nantucket Food Pantry were hard at work Tuesday afternoon bagging goods for the more than 200 island households that are in need over the Thanksgiving holiday.
Inside the small office and storage facility off Washington Street, half-a-dozen volunteers worked diligently to pack bags for the line of clients waiting outside the door.
“I have enough for the 200 households I anticipate coming today and tomorrow for everyone to have equal access to nice new chicken thighs, and bags of oranges, bags of apples, bags of carrots and bags of onions,” said Nantucket Food Pantry Manager Lama Yeshe Palmo. “They should be able to cook whatever meal is within their ethnic cuisine for the holiday.”
Thanks to local donations and support from the Greater Boston Food Pantry, the Nantucket Food Pantry has more than 13,000 pounds of dry goods available for the month, including different varieties of beans, rice, canned chicken and tuna, fruits, and pasta. It even has island favorites from Something Natural and Espresso to Go.
Anyone looking to donate to the Food Pantry can make a monetary donation at assistnantucket.org, or donate dry goods to the box at the mid-island Stop & Shop, or at the Food Pantry itself at 10 Washington Street from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.