Many rely on food pantries to get through winter

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Many of the men and women that Lorraine’s Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry in Chicopee helps each week had never imagined they would have to ask for assistance to put food on their tables.

Nancy Leone of Chicopee says that high costs have forced her to look for some assistance.

“Food is so expensive and everything is so expensive now, we really have to have a little help,” Leone said. “It’s really helpful.”

This is traditionally the lean season for food donations from individuals and agencies, but Lorraine’s Kitchen has found a new source of food for its clients.

“The grocery stores: Big Y, B.J.’s., the Walmarts, Stop & Shop, doing food resourcing for us; we get produce, we get dairy products, we get a lot of food that we aren’t able to buy through the Food Bank,” Kim Goullette of Lorraine’s said.

Lorraine’s clients take home their supplies of food every thirty days. During the past 23 years, Lorraine’s Kitchen has played an important role in the lives of many Chicopee residents.

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