Martha Carey

Martha Carey, director of the Community Food Cupboard in Manchester, holds tins of pasta provided by Sam’s Wood Fired Pizza Co., winter 2020. 

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MANCHESTER CENTER — Hunger in the community frequently goes unseen. 

But according to Manchester Food Cupboard Director Martha Carey, it's a widespread challenge in the Northshire community.

Everyone is invited to learn more 12 p.m. on Tuesday at a brief talk at the Manchester Library on food insecurity and how the cupboard serves more than 150 families a week.  

Carey will share more about how the organization has adapted to meet needs during the pandemic. In her presentation, "Today's Food Cupboard: Helping the Hungry," she will share stories and talk about how a food shelf works and how she got involved in it. It's free, but the public is encouraged to bring personal care items to add to the library’s “special collection.”  

Throughout the month of November, the Manchester Community Library has hosted a drive for items identified as in-demand. Food cupboards focus on supplying food items, but personal care items are often requested. The library will continue to collect new wrapped toilet paper and personal care products until the talk on Tuesday.

After the talk, library staff will present the food cupboard with the “special collection” which currently includes over 200 rolls of toilet paper and a large basket with personal care products.  

There will also be a unique item in the donation — a blanket knitted by the Manchester Community Library’s Monday afternoon knitting group, “The Knit Wits.” It is patchwork of over twenty squares in pastel colors, each square knitted by a volunteer and assembled by the group. The blanket will be given to a family in need tagged by the food cupboard director.


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