The Pantry Foodservices Inc., a new entity created by the owners of the Berlin-based David Alan Hospitality Group, began last March when the need for food became urgent for families hit by the economic downturn. Helping People Live in Vitality is the organization’s mission, as it looks to collaborate with various organizations covering all of New England.
“We want to help people get back on their feet so that they can care for themselves,” said David Alan.
The Pantry Foodservices Inc. made its first delivery to the Klingberg Family Pantry recently. The 50 boxes included juice, oatmeal, veggies, fruit, milk, beans, rice, peanut butter, granola bars, soup, tuna, pasta, macaroni and cheese and tomato sauce.
The Klingberg Family Centers’ pantry opened in September of 2020 and as of January had served more than 9,000 meals.
“We saw the severe need and knew that something needed to be done,” said Dr. Steven Girelli, President/CEO of Klingberg Family Centers. “Healing from trauma is very difficult if you don’t know where your next meal is coming from.”
Also supporting the Klingberg Family Pantry are the Joey Logano Foundation and the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain.
Founded in 1903, Klingberg Family Centers is a private, nonprofit, multi-service agency providing help to people throughout Connecticut. The main campus is located in New Britain.