Our Founding and Now Feeding in Pandemic
One evening in the winter of 2014, there was a knock on the door of the Rectory at the Goshen United Methodist Church. The Pastor, Diane Davis, opened the door to a mother and her family, looking for food. Her husband had recently been laid off and they had no food. They did not ask for money, only for food. Pastor Diane went through her pantry and gave the woman food for her family. She then realized for the first time that there were people in the community that were hungry on a daily basis. Pastor Diane decided then and there that the Milton Delaware Community needed to find a way to help feed others. She approached the ladies of the
church and with their help, the Milton Community Food Pantry was born. The Milton Community Food Pantry was incorporated in January 2016. Barbara Wright was approached by her niece to take the lead and ultimately become the founding President. Over the next five years, with almost no budget and no professional staff, Barbara assembled a team of volunteers that rescued food and fed others. In the first five years 450,000 meals were distributed. From a humble beginning of feeding 20 families every Monday to close to 100 families weekly
the Pantry has become a fixture in the community. With the pandemic forcing the
Pantry’s main building to be closed, the new President, Donna Murawski, has been able to forge a partnership with the Food Bank of Delaware and continue to distribute emergency food twice a month from the Milton municipal parking lot. In the meantime, the Pantry is looking for its own dedicated facility that would be more suited to the post pandemic world. The Pantry is hoping by years’ end to be able to resume regular weekly distributionsof food. At the same time, all of the volunteers are eagerly waiting to return for regular operations. The Pantry is
continuing to build a strong community base by joining with the CFC, United Way, 211 Social Service Referral Center and various Delaware foundations. By donating to the Milton Community Food Pantry, you can help us realize our dream of us getting back to feeding people 52 weeks a year instead of only twice monthly. CFC support is critical as we continue our mission to help feed others and find a suitable facility in this time of pandemic.