In December 2021, Pre-K through second graders at Perkins School collected over 300 non-perishable food items and winter clothes for the Newark Food Closet, says the Wayne County Times. The donation came in the wake of an especially difficult year for the Newark-based food pantry.
“When I contacted the food closet this year to see if they wanted to accept donations, they said that this year has been extremely tough. They have had a hard time keeping their shelves stocked. They said they have been getting wiped out right down to nothing. So, Perkins decided we had a mission to do,” explains Perkins kindergarten teacher Beth James.
Newark Food Closet, located in the basement of Newark Emmanuel United Methodist Church, currently needs the following items in addition to monetary donations: juices, canned fruits, vegetables, beans, soups, peanut butter, jelly, eggs, cheese, butter, macaroni and cheese mixes, instant potatoes and other canned food items like SpaghettiOs.
The Food Closet is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to noon, as well as 9-10 a.m. on the third Saturday of each month. Donations can also be dropped off at Citizens Bank at 711 W. Miller Street.
Monetary contributions may be sent via check, made out to the Newark Food Closet, to this address: Newark Food Closet, 301 E. Miller Street, Newark, NY 14513.
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