Cumberland food pantry struggles to stay open

A merger of two churches to save money may be creating another problem…

The food pantry connected to one of the churches, is in danger of closing. They may not have a choice,Saint John Episcopal church in Cumberland merged with St. Luke Episcopal in Pawtucket last march due to financial constraints now, there's only enough funding for the pantry building across the street from St John's for two months.

The pantry fed 5000 people in 2011, almost a 150 families a month so far in 2012- those who use it say the pantry leaving Cumberland  would be a huge blow to the community.Richard Walsh suffers from Parkinson's disease and is on a limited income, he says the lines of people needing assistance come all the way out to the street when the center is open.If you would like to help keep the food pantry open,pantry volunteers and community members will have a meeting February the 21st at St. Joseph's parish center to discuss what can be done to keep the pantry going.