Vegetables, Not Canned Goods, for Springs Food Pantry Recipients This Thanksgiving

Melissa Mapes, left, and Jess Tonn, farmers, dropped off vegetables at the Springs Food Pantry on Tuesday. Durell Godfrey photos

The Thanksgiving larder at the Springs Food Pantry was stocked on Tuesday with produce donated by a number of East Hampton farms, including Share the Harvest Farm, Balsam Farm, and the Bistrian farm.

Close to 400 pounds of fresh vegetables — onions, potatoes, cabbage, leeks, carrots, garlic, spinach, Brussels sprouts, and kale — along with herbs such as sage, thyme, dill, and parsley were delivered to the pantry, housed at the Springs Presbyterian Church.

Food pantry volunteers worked to fill bags to be given out to needy families for a Thanksgiving feast. This was the first year, volunteers said, that they were able to eliminate canned goods and fill the food bags with fresh produce instead.

Mike Bistrian hauled in some Brussels sprouts.
Holly Heichart was among those helping carry in the goods.
Melissa Mapes
Just look at all those carrots volunteers were unpacking.
The volunteers made sure each bag was packed full of healthy options for the Thanksgiving table.