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Fall River food pantry moving to satisfy increase in demand, donations



Photo courtesy of CFC Food Pantry

FALL RIVER – Citizens for Citizens, Inc. will be officially running their Fall River food pantry, previously housed at Griffin Street, at a new location located at 822 Eastern Avenue beginning Wednesday February 23rd.

The new location previously housed Potter’s Printing, which has since moved to the Herald News building. According to a release, the agency has signed a 3-year lease agreement with the previous owners of the building.

According to the pantry, this new building will provide the agency the ability to receive, store, and distribute greater quantities of food to the local community to meet current need.

“The COVID-19 pandemic created an increased demand for food, with CFC’s pantry serving almost 7,000 individuals during the course of 2021. In order to keep up with the growing demand during the pandemic, rows of food had completely taken over what used to be CFC’s waiting room. With limited space and limited refrigeration, the agency had to turn away some large donations of fresh and frozen foods because they were unable to store it or distribute it before it expired. The increased square footage provided by the new building will allow CFC to not only receive more food from community partners and businesses, but will also provide future opportunities to help other local pantries with storage constraints.”

The building was made possible by the support of local legislators and the use of State Line Item and CARES Act funding that was provided to Community Action Agencies like CFC to address the acute and evolving effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on low and moderate income people across the Commonwealth.

According to their website, office hours will be Monday/Wednesday/Friday 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and also the first Thursday of every month 5:00 p.m. – 7 p.m. for those who work during the day (paystub needed)

Those in need can receive food once every 30 days as long as food is available.

Go to CFC Food Pantry for more information.

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