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

In addition, we need: Similac Blue and Similac Orange baby formula, and/or domestic or foreign equivalents/substitutes. We also need: diapers sizes 4 and 6, baby wipes, and Pediasure, as well as Ensure.

Paper grocery bags (Trader Joe or Wegmans size or similar) are continually in short supply. Can you help? Plastic newspaper bags and plastic grocery bags are always needed. Plastic 12-egg cartons are very much needed. Other 12 or 6 unit containers are useful as back-ups. (18 and 24-egg containers are too large for our distribution).

Over the week ending at close of business 24 October, we received approximately 1.96 tons of non-perishable food. At expected client numbers, we again have enough for next week – for only the second time since at least July! Thank you! Food shortages noted above are for the two and three weeks ahead, except baby items mentioned afterwards which are short now.

In the week ending 24 October, we gave out some 2.10 tons of non-perishable food and somewhat less perishable food to 216 families. As always, special thanks go to all those helping us to keep St. Martin’s Pantry in operation!

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