By Patricia LeBoeuf, Bennington Banner
BENNINGTON — In a collaborative effort to provide assistance to struggling individuals, BROC Community Action was set to donate food, hundreds of bars of soap, money and gift cards to Greater Bennington Interfaith Community Services on Monday.
“They’re doing a great job over there, and we have resources, and so it seemed like a really smart partnership to put BROC Community Action together with GBICS, Kitchen Cupboard in this case, and throw our weight behind their efforts,” said Tom Donahue, CEO of BROC.
Donahue said he believes collaborating with GBICS’ Kitchen Cupboard program is a strong response to make sure people are taken care of in their time of need.
Basically, he said, they’re taking “everything from our food shelf” and bringing it to the Kitchen Cupboard program.
Donahue said he did think about different ways BROC could run its food shelf program during the COVID-19 crisis, but it seemed to make more sense to put the weight of the program behind GBICS.
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“It made more sense for us to collaborate than try to duplicate,” he said.
He added that “this isn’t a one and done” — he’d like to continue to provide support to the Kitchen Cupboard program until things go back to some sort of normalcy, and BROC can operate its food shelf program like it has normally.
The Kitchen Cupboard, at 121 Depot St., provides free food to individuals and families in need and teaches them how to eat better on a budget, according to GBICS’ website.
The Kitchen Cupboard does not require financial information or proof of need.
As of Thursday, March 19, the Kitchen Cupboard’s food will be distributed by putting pre-filled bags of groceries on tables outside for people to pick up, according to the website.
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