EASTON, MD. — Recently, when the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVDP) food pantry leadership was confronted with a growing shortage of food items, they asked the Cambridge Wal-Mart’s management for help.
The pantry’s shortages included cereal, tuna fish and beans. Those items and other goods form the contents that fill the Easton-based food bank’s grocery bags provided free to needy residents in Talbot County.
Kathy Weaver, food pantry director, approached Cambridge Wal-Mart Store Manager Mike Quillen with the problem. Quillen responded with a positive, “We’ll take care of it” and has been providing a steady supply of canned goods and other items ever since.
Weaver has called Quillen as a “lifesaver these past few months” when the society was unable to fill its needs from their usual source, the Maryland Food Bank. She added, “I don’t know what we would have done without his willingness to supplement our missing items.”
The Society set records so far in 2014 in the amount of food they have given away to those Talbot County residents in need. They serve an average of 800 individuals and families each month.
St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Center is at 29533 Canvasback Drive in Easton. It’s open on Tuesday from 1 to 4 p.m. and on Saturday from noon until 3 p.m. Call 410-770-4505.
Cambridge Wal-Mart Store Manager Mike Quillen (left) assists Society St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry Director Kathy Weaver and her husband Dick Weaver load groceries from the store on to the Society’s truck.