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Gray House Announces Urgent Need at Food Pantry

SPRINGFIELD — Shelves at the Gray House Food Pantry are getting very bare, according to Dena Calvanese, executive director.

“As quickly as food gets put on the shelves, it gets distributed to families in need. It’s a struggle to keep up,” said Calvanese. “Summertime is a slow time for donations, but the need still exists. Hunger doesn’t take a summer vacation.”

The Gray House is primarily looking for pantry staples such as beans, tuna or canned chicken, peanut butter, soup, pasta, sauce, cereal, canned fruit, and boxed milk. It would also welcome any fresh produce that people have from their gardens.

The Gray House is a small, neighborhood human-service agency located at 22 Sheldon St. in the North End of Springfield. Its mission is to help its neighbors facing hardships to meet their immediate and transitional needs by providing food, clothing, and educational services in a safe, positive environment in the North End.

The food pantry provides emergency food to nearly 8,000 people a year, most of them families with children. Donations can be dropped off on Mondays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or by appointment by calling (413) 734-6696. For more information about the Gray House, visit www.grayhouse.org, or call Calvanese at (413) 734-6696.