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Shortages projected for our coming distributions: (1) dry, unsweetened cereal, (2) pasta sauce, (3) “meals in a can” (stew, canned pasta, chili, etc.), (4) pasta, (5) canned soup, (6) canned beans (black/kidney/red/etc.), and (7) dry rice.

In addition, we need: Similac Blue and Similac Orange baby formula, and/or domestic or foreign equivalents/substitutes. We also need: diapers sizes 3, 5 and 6, and Pediasure, as well as Ensure.

Paper grocery bags (Trader Joe’s or Wegmans size or similar) are continually in short supply. Can you help? Plastic newspaper bags and plastic grocery bags are always needed.

Over the week ending with the 19 December Christmas distribution, we received approximately 3.48 tons of nonperishable food in donations, and gave out some 4.06 tons of non-perishable food and perhaps two-thirds as much perishable food to 417 families. Due to our publisher’s deadline, the results of our 26 December distribution are not available as this is written. As always, special thanks go to all those helping us to keep St. Martin’s Pantry in operation!

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