Giving Back to the Local Community, Danbury Food Pantry

Staff Blogger: Alyssa Jones, Advancement & Communications Intern

Food Donation InfographicIt’s time to go back to 1983, when Lakeside was alive and thriving as it is today, and right outside the gates, a small food pantry was beginning to take shape, known as the Danbury Food Pantry.

Thirty-two years later, the Danbury Food Pantry now serves nearly 50 families in the local community.

The leader of the pantry, Jan Hirt, shared, “The food pantry is open every third Saturday of each month. We’re located at St. Paul Lutheran Church on Church Road.”

During the summer, food pantries seem to struggle the most and need all the help they can get. To assist the pantry, Lakeside guests and residents are encouraged to donate non-perishable and toiletry items that are left over after their summer vacation.

Important items that are always needed include:

  • Canned meat, fish or fruits and vegetables:  Tuna, chicken, stew, chili, salmon or corned beef are always needed by families.
  • Soup:  Soup is easy to store and keep at the pantry.  It also provides much needed nutritional value.
  • Pasta:  Boxed pasta is also popular and can help make a perfect meal.
  • Milk Products:  Picking up powdered milk, boxed puddings or cheese and cracker spreads will help provide calcium.
  • Grain Products: brown rice and whole wheat pasta are a good choice.
  • Baby Food:  Infant Formula and Baby food can be expensive and is a good donation.
  • Non-food items:  Don’t forget that non-food items are also needed including deodorant, soap, shampoo, toilet tissue, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shaving cream, cleaning supplies and diapers.

Donated items can be dropped off to the Hoover Auditorium Lobby. If you would like to volunteer and help take the weekly collection to Danbury Food Pantry, email

You can give to Danbury Food Pantry by donating non-perishable times or by participating in the Cup of Kindness project.

Cup of Kindness is a class offered through the Rhein Center in which students learn ceramic technique, while creating two cups, one to keep and one to donate to the Cup of Kindness project.

The goal is to “raise as much money as possible to support the mission of the Danbury Food Pantry, to unleash the power of the creative spirit through the arts, and to involve the entire Lakeside Chautauqua community in celebrating a shared vision and achieving a shared goal.”

In 2014, a total of $1,625.21 from the Cup of Kindness project was donated to the Danbury Food Pantry and was used to help purchase perishable items, such as milk and eggs, for families in need.

The class is being offered again this year. Sign up for a class online. Thank you, Lakesiders, for your support of the local community.

Have you ever participated in Cup of Kindness? What are some other ways Lakesiders can help the Danbury Food Pantry? Let us know in the comments below.

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