Photo: Reilly Lubien and Patty Mihelich at the Belmont Food Pantry.
This past winter, Unity Avenue’s Reilly Lubien was worried that some fellow Belmont residents might “not have supplies; you know, they might be unhydrated.”
So the Wellington Elementary kindergartener set out to collect money, first, from her parents and close relatives, then took to her mom’s Facebook page to announce her intent. Knowing that residents rely upon the Belmont Food Pantry for their weekly food, Reilly chose this vital town resource to take her collection in late March. The pantry’s director, Patty Mihelich, said the funds will be used to help the nearly 150 families who sign up each week for the basics.
This Saturday, May 9, fellow Belmont residents can join Reilly to help keep the pantry’s shelves filled by leaving food donations by their mail box or at the front door to be collected by US Postal Service letter carriers and brought to the Food Pantry as part of the NALC Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive — the largest one-day food drive in the nation.
“It is only second to Belmont Serves [in October] in terms of number of contributions that comes to the pantry,” said Mihelich.