By Rob Glidden
Volunteers from Home Depot in Southington spent a recent Friday at Plainville’s Food Pantry helping the organization meet its maintenance and construction needs.
There are two branches in Home Depot within in Southington – this one is on the southern side of town in the Milldale section– and tries to do community services projects on a regular basis. A planned future project will service the nearby Milldale Firehouse, which is the home of Southington’s food pantry.
While in Plainville, “Team Depot” gave a new coat of paint to the inside of the pantry and worked on rain gutters for the facility. There was also a lot of attention given to the smaller buildings behind the pantry’s main headquarters.
“These storage units out here for donations needed to be finished,” said Jim Bacon, a service associate who led the team of volunteers. “It will help them utilize this space better by adding shelves and racks.”
In their current state, the storage units are simply empty rooms where donations of all items will be stored. With new shelves and racks, the various items can be clearly organized. As one example, bikes are often given to the food pantry, and Team Depot planned to install bike racks to keep them from taking up room on the floor.
“This is great,” said Scott Unnever, the pantry’s warehouse director. “Like anything else, our facility needs maintenance and upkeep. It was perfect timing that they reached out when they did.”
Many Plainville residents and business offer the food pantry their time and money, but the organization has still been dealing with large revenue losses because of the difficult economy. With the constant struggle to keep the shelves stocked for those in need, issues like maintenance can fall to the wayside.
“They have so little money to work with, so they depend on some volunteer work,” Bacon said.