Jancewicz & Son Teams Up With Fall Mountain Food Shelf

Bellows Falls Shopper Dec. 13, 2011

Jancewicz & Son Teams Up With Fall Mountain Food Shelf

WALPOLE, NH - On Saturday, Jancewicz & Son of Bellows Falls sponsored a food drive at Walpole's North Meadow Plaza, to benefit the Fall Mountain Food Shelf. The Savings Bank of Walpole also sponsored the event, which featured a live remote radio broadcast with 103.7 WKNE-FM.

In Photo: Jayson Dunbar, (left) owner of Jancewicz & Son in Bellows Falls, recently partnered with The Savings Bank of Walpole and WKNE-FM to collect nearly two tons of food and $1,070 to benefit the Fall Mountain Food Shelf. Photo by Joe Milliken.

"This is our second year sponsoring an event for the Fall Mountain Food Shelf, and we are happy to also be partnering with the Savings Bank of Walpole," Jancewicz & Son owner Jayson Dunbar said in a recent interview.

"We sponsor a couple other events like this in the Keene area, so we were looking for an organization closer to where we live and work to partner with. So last year we connected with Mary Lou (Huffling, food shelf director) and the folks at the Fall Mountain Food Shelf." Last year, the Jancewicz & Son crew filled an entire van, collecting some 2,000 pounds of food for the food shelf.

"The amount and the variety of food that was collected was simply wonderful," Mary Lou Huffling said in a recent interview. Huffling is the director for the Fall Mountain Food Shelf. "We cannot thank the people at Jancewicz & Son, the Walpole Savings Bank and WKNE enough for all their efforts."

Based in Alstead and located at 18 Griffin Hill Road, the Fall Mountain Food Shelf served for over 33 years, the towns of Alstead, Langdon, Walpole, North Walpole, Acworth and Charlestown. They receive generous donations from various businesses, organizations and residents throughout the towns they serve, as well as many generous people and business from Vermont as well.

According to Fall Mountain Food Shelf director Mary Lou Hufflink, the food self recently provided Thanksgiving food boxes for some 950 families (four-person families on average) throughout the area they serve.

The Fall Mountain Food Shelf also offers Fall Mountain Friendly Meals, which provides meals and food to elderly homebound, chronically ill and low-income families living in the Alstead, Acworth, Langdon, North Walpole and Walpole areas. Currently, they serve lunch to over 70 low-income elderly people and families in need, every Tuesday and Thursday at 11 a.m. in the Alstead Fire Station.

An all-volunteer organization, the food shelf creates a very welcoming atmosphere to all who visit, and an atmosphere which fights loneliness and offers food to the spirit as well as the body. New volunteers are always welcome to assist in setting up the dining area at the fire station, serving meals
and socializing with guests.

New drivers are always welcome and needed, to provide rides to and from the fire Station and to help with a meals-on-wheels program, which delivers over 150 meals each day. There is also a need for drivers to bring senior citizens to and from doctor’s appointments to pharmacies to pick up prescriptions and home after hospital stays.

Also, the Fall Mountain Food Pantry is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM. The pantry is located in the Baker Building, on Toute 12A in Langdon and all are welcome. For further information contact Mary Lou Huffling at 603-835-2283.