The Marshfield Board of Selectmen unanimously voted Monday night to support a town meeting article that calls not only for the renovation of the town library, but to also add space in the vacant Boys and Girls Club for three other town entities – the food pantry, recreation department and POST learning program.
Marshfield’s Food Pantry Director Jim Hewitt said their current facility, located at the First Congregational Church, just isn’t big enough to take care of the large number of people they serve.
“So far this year, we’ve had over 720 family visits. We’re averaging about 220 to 230 families a month. Those families, through the course of the year, will come to us for twelve months, which equates to about 3,000 family visits. That includes 25 or 26 shut-ins that we do home deliveries – probably about 80 to 90 seniors a month who come and get food from the pantry.
But Hewitt said the new proposed facility has more than double the space of the current food pantry.
“The new proposed space has a little over 1500 square feet for us, which would be really bountiful for us to buy food in bulk. We’d be able to store fresh produce, which we really can’t do now and those are the kind of things that we really want to do for these families, because it’s far more nutritional than mac and cheese. So we’re really hoping this goes forward and that we can become a part of it.”
The renovation is estimated to cost about $2.5 million.