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Walmart grant helps Derry keep food pantry stocked

DERRY — For the past decade, the town’s Human Services Department has used grants from Walmart to pay for emergency food pantry supplies.

Once again this year, the town is applying for a $1,000 grant from the retail giant.

“This grant has offset the cost of the food pantry items purchased directly for Derry Human Services clients since fiscal year 2008,” said Jill McLaughlin, human services administrator.She said the department’s food pantry fills a vital need for the people it services.

“The use of a small food pantry cabinet enables immediate relief to clients in urgent need,” said McLaughlin. “Some of the items supplied include canned goods, cereals, toilet paper and laundry detergent. The grant will partially fund provisions for the municipal human services food pantry with a lower direct cost to taxpayers.”

McLaughlin said the grant amount from Walmart in past years has been $1,000 and that the department is seeking a grant in that amount once again this year.

The Human Services Department provides a number of programs for Derry residents, including fuel, housing and medical

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