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February 6, 2014

Town food pantry to benefit from grant money

DERRY — The town’s Human Services Department will benefit from a $1,000 grant from Wal-Mart.

Town Council approved the grant application that will aid in keeping that department’s client food supply stocked.

Human services administrator Jill McLaughlin told the Town Council the money will be used to help offset the cost of the food pantry items that have been purchased specifically for those clients who come to the town office for help.

“The use of our small food pantry cabinet enables immediate relief to clients in urgent need,” McLaughlin wrote in her report to the council.

She said the pantry provides staples like canned goods, cereal, personal care items and laundry detergent to help those needing help quickly.

The Human Services Department maintains the small food pantry and provides immediate relief to clients in urgent need.

McLaughlin said the grant money and any items purchased will be at no cost to taxpayers and will also help reduce the amount of grocery vouchers Human Services provides to clients.

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