Canton UU Church's food pantry collection exceeds goal of 600 items
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 9:04 am

Children in the religious education program prepare to add another grocery cart load to the growing collection are, from left, Brendan Nolan, Ryan Nolan, Emma Bentley-Hicks, Rebecca McCarthy, Ana Jukic, and Caleb Bentley-Hicks

CANTON – During November, Unitarian Universalist Church, 3½ Main St., sponsored a "shared offering" for an organization or cause outside the church. Instead of placing offerings in the collection plate, the congregation dropped their contributions into a grocery cart.

November's contributions included healthy non-perishable foods items that will help stock food pantry shelves in the community. The congregation surpassed its goal of 600 items.

On Sunday, Dec. 4, following the morning service, the congregation will create a "food drive convoy" to deliver most of the food items to the Church and Community Program on Main Street in Canton. Some of the non-perishable food contributions are also being distributed to food pantries in neighboring towns and villages.