SHIP & Little Free Food Pantries

SHIP - Stafford Helps Its People

609-597-1000 ext. 8583 

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Little Free Food Pantries 

Local Eagle Scout Parker Petty made it his goal for his scout project to help feed people in need in his community in 2018.

The Free Little Pantry was set up in four locations in town, thanks to Parker, some helpers and in conjunction with the Stafford Township Recreation Department. Unlike some food pantries that are in physical buildings, these pantries are boxes filled with food items.

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The Free Little Pantries are in need of food and personal hygiene items. 

These can be dropped off at the Bay Avenue Community Center, 775 East Bay Avenue


Chapstick                 Canned Milk            Pop Tarts          Handwarmers          Rice                           Crackers

Deodorant                Canned Meat           Easy Mac and Cheese          Bread          Instant Potatoes      Soups

Peanut Butter          Chilis/Stew               Canned Potatoes           Jelly               Applesauce              Instant Oatmeal

Boxed Pasta             Tortillas                    Soap Pasta Sauce              Dried Fruits              Toothpaste/Brushes

Granola Bars            Nuts            Toilet Paper

They are located at four different locations throughout town:

Bay Avenue Community Center

Beach Avenue Park

Heritage Park 

Ocean Acres Fire/EMS buildings

These boxes are now open and accessible to the public all day, every day, all year long. Leave what you can, take what you need.

Not only can people take food if they need it, but they can also donate items as well. The pantry boxes stock non-perishable food, canned goods and personal care items. The recreation department is asking that people do not donate sharp objects like razors or chemicals. All donations are greatly appreciated.

Anyone who takes an item from the pantry is also encouraged to check the expiration date before eating anything just to be safe.

Please know that the Little Free Food Pantries are continually checked and stocked by the Recreation Department. 

Do not hesitate to stop by the food pantries, all we ask is that you take only what your family needs that day. 

Residents can also donate by dropping off small amounts of non-perishable food items directly to the boxes. Large donations should be dropped off at the Bay Ave Community Center located at 775 East Bay Avenue.

Please do not leave bags of groceries on the ground.

Please be sure to check expiration dates before donating. 

Contact 609-597-1000 ext. 8583 for assistance, more information or to volunteer. 

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