Community Cupboard receives gift for personal care products
By John Faucher
An anonymous donor contributed $15,000 to the New London Community Cupboard last week.
By request of the donor, the funds are designated for purchasing “non-food” personal care items.
Sue Tennie, New London City Clerk said the families served by the cupboard will appreciate the donation. “People are often forced to forgo these needed supplies to purchase food and pay bills,” said Tennie.
“This money has been designated to buy health and beauty products, and personal care products. It is greatly appreciated, as no city funds are available to purchase such items.”
Tennie said the food pantry relies heavily on the good will and generosity of citizens, local businesses, area churches, schools and professional organizations and industries. The food pantry has operated in New London for nearly 50 years.
Program Manager Kim Ebert said the program is dependent on donations from the community.
“We continue to see increases in the number of families we serve each week,” said Ebert. “Sometimes we see two or three new households each week.”
Ebert also said food items available through the federal commodity program have been drastically reduced. Most recently, she said the Boy Scouts contributed food items through its annual fall food drive. Postal carriers also hold a food drive in the spring.
“We operate 100 percent on donations,” said Ebert. “The people in our city have been so generous.”
The anonymous donor prepared a written statement that said, “People can use food stamps to buy soda and junk food, but not for shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, dish detergent or even toilet paper. It doesn’t make a lot of sense – seems hard to be against good oral care or bodily cleanliness.”