ROCKLAND – The South Shore Food Bank has launched a new initiative to connect local business and food pantry leaders in a skills-sharing program.
Ten leaders from food pantries across the South Coast will meet monthly with business owners to share information on topics such as board leadership, fundraising and marketing strategies.
The South Shore Food Bank is a regional food bank for receiving and storing deliveries, and serves as a hub for food distribution between the Greater Boston Food Bank and approximately 18 pantries on the South Shore.
Weymouth Food Pantry launched the organization last year and opened a new warehouse that provides storage capacity for up to 600,000 pounds of perishable and non-perishable food for pantries across the South Coast.
“Independent, grassroots organizations play a vital role in addressing food security and
health outcomes of residents in the region,” Pamela Denholm, executive director of the South Shore Food Bank, said in a statement. “We look forward to supporting community leaders as they rise to meet the ever-changing challenges around food security and food equity in our communities .”
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Food pantries across the region have reported, on average, an increase of 113%.
customers since the start of the pandemic and they continue to see high levels of need.
On the South Coast, Denholm said that can be largely attributed to rising grocery costs, higher gas prices and a housing shortage.
Through the leadership program, the South Shore Food Bank hopes to strengthen
network of food safety organizations and to build the skills needed for success.
The regional organization has pursued other projects to improve food distribution. Earlier this year, the South Shore Food Bank received a refrigerated van through Whole Foods Market’s Feeding Our Neighborhoods program.