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Pancake breakfast raises $1,000 for local food shelf

Matt Baldwin,  Deer's Head Chef and Mike Parker, Kiwanis President give Marilyn Jordan, Director of the Community Food Shelf a check for $1,000.

Matt Baldwin, Deer's Head Chef and Mike Parker, Kiwanis President give Marilyn Jordan, Director of the Community Food Shelf a check for $1,000.

— A local food pantry will be able to meet the needs of a community for a month with funds raised by piles of pancakes.

The Kiwanis Club of Elizabethtown held its second annual Pancake Breakfast March 25 at the Deer's Head Inn and served over 92 people. $1,000 in proceeds were donated to the Community Food Shelf on Williams Street.

Pantry help community

People Served per year

2009 - 1,461

2010 - 1,602

2011 - 1,393

Food Served per year

2009 - 19,716 lbs.

2010 - 23,240 lbs.

2011 - 22,510 lbs.

“I was completely overwhelmed at the generosity and the amount that they raised for the food shelf,” Marilyn Jordan, director of the Community Food Shelf said.

According to Mike Parker, Kiwanis President, attendance jumped in the fundraisers second year after 60 people enjoyed the breakfast in 2011.

“We really appreciate the people who came out to the breakfast and helped us raise money for the food shelf,” Parker said. “There is a need for those who are doing okay to help those who just need a little bit of help.”

The food-buying power of that donation will allow the shelf to buy 2,000 pounds of food through the regional food bank in Latham.

Jordan said the food will feed area families who utilize the food shelf for a month.

After learning about the increased need for the food shelf last year, Parker said the Kiwanis Club, along with Deer’s Head Inn owners Joanne and Matt Baldwin, decided to team up to help the food shelf.

“JoAnne said she would supply the place and we decided we’d bring the man power,” Parker said.

After going through two gallons of maple syrup and Kiwanis member Mike Baldwin made many pancakes, the group was able to offer the food shelf some support.

“We’re really grateful for how supportive the Deer’s Head Inn and the Kiwanis Club has been and we are thankful for the good relationship we have,” Jordan said.

The Food shelf is made possible by the participation of The United Church of Christ, St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church, the Church of the Good Shepherd, The Congregational Church in Lewis, and the St. Johns Episcopal Church in Essex.

For more information on how to make a donation to the Food Shelf call 873-6521.

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