Pantry offers emergency food supplies for those impacted by storm

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — WestBay Community Action‘s food pantry is stocked with emergency food supplies for residents who lost power in this week’s storm, President/CEO Paul Salera and Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian announced Thursday.

The powerful storm Tuesday morning downed trees and power lines around the region, leaving tens of thousands of people without electricity. Crews have since been working nonstop to clear debris and repair power lines, reducing the number of outages to about 6,000 by Thursday afternoon.

The WestBay Marketplace, located at 211 Buttonwoods Avenue, is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., however it will be closed Monday in observance of Victory Day.

“I can refill my fridge, cause I had to throw away everything. Lost everything,” said Sue Gardiner. “I pretty much cleaned out the freezer this morning and the refrigerator yesterday.”

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The organization said those seeking assistance should go to the Program Services Office next door to speak with a case worker and fill out forms. Food will be available to applicants the same day.

WestBay said some residents have also started a food drive, and the pantry be accepting donations of canned and boxed goods and gift cards to local markets. The agency said volunteers are also welcome to stop by to learn how they can help.

For more information, call the pantry at (401) 732-4660 ext. 140.

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