Oxford selectmen streamline food pantry donations


OXFORD — As money rolls in to help the new Oxford Helping Hands Food Pantry, selectmen approved streamlining the process of accepting donations for the nonprofit, which will be based in the Town Office.

Selectmen must vote to accept donations to town-related accounts, but on Thursday, selectmen unanimously OK’d delegating responsibility to Town Manager Michael Chammings for accepting food pantry donations.

Chammings said it will help the pantry to receive the money more quickly. At the last two meetings, Oxford selectmen approved accepting $1,900 for the pantry from four donors.

Selectman Jay Goforth said he was fine with Chammings accepting the checks, as long as he informed the board during the town manager’s report at each meeting.

At the April 7 meeting, selectmen approved a one-year agreement for several residents to set up a food pantry in the Town Office on Tuesdays and Thursdays after a big turnout in January when several businesses got together to offer free food to local families.

Since then, the town has received $1,000 from Northeast Bank, $100 from Anderson Staples Post 112, $500 from Peter Laverdiere and $300 from Oxford Auto Salvage Inc.

At 5 p.m. on Friday, May 19, the pantry will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony in the Town Office.

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