The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries provides food for shoreline communities including Clinton and Madison. The pantries have seen a greater need for food develop over the past couple of years. The pantry first served approximately 25 families and now serves 110 families, which represents more than 400 people, according to Lin Smith, the director of volunteers and programs at the pantry.
Food distribution is every Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the in Clinton.
Smith said the pantry receives generous donations from local grocers and residents and she buys special products at a discount from the Connecticut Food Bank in East Haven. Smith said she is seeing more donors come forward but the volume of donations per donor has decreased.
Smith said food is the most-needed donation but bath products and cleaning supplies are highly prized and very much appreciated by pantry customers.