Our Place Drop-In Center – Serving the Greater Rockingham Community
Our Place Drop-In Center is open 9:00 am to 4:00pm on Monday through Friday; we serve free breakfast and lunch and offer free groceries in our food pantry. All are welcome!Our Place offers three main services to the local community:
- A Drop-In Center for people who need shelter during the day, a telephone, fax and computer to use for local or long-distance communications, and a shower and rest room for personal care.
- A dining room where people enjoy healthy, delicious hot meals and a safe place to socialize with other people in the community.
- A Food Pantry that is set up like a small grocery store and provides a choice of foods from the main food categories: grains, proteins, vegetables, fruits (including 100% fruit juice); miscellaneous shelves with items such as salad dressing, salsa and muffin mixes; and personal care items. There is also a baby food section that we keep fully stocked with jars of baby food, formula and some sizes of diapers.
In our food pantry we serve a diverse population including senior citizens, people who have lost their jobs, disabled head of households, and many young families with children and who are working for low-wages and limited hours or who are unemployed. Even though individuals or families may receive 3 Squares VT benefits, the money is not enough to feed themselves or their families for the entire month. Many senior citizens, young families and others in our community eat meals with us a few times every week.
Wholesome foods including fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and whole grain breads are provided to people in the communities we serve; this include Athens, Bellows Falls, Cambridgeport, Rockingham, Saxtons River, Walpole, North Walpole and Westminster. By supplying free meals and groceries and a welcoming place to eat and socialize, we are helping people nourish themselves and their families and enabling them to have more money for other necessities such as housing, car expenses, and medicine.
In addition to providing food to nourish members of our community, we offer a safe, welcoming place where people can just sit and relax or converse with other guests. Sharing meals is an enjoyable experience that also nourishes the spirit – we see people helping each other in many ways.
We welcome donations of food or money and believe in the philosophy that every little bit helps and every contribution matters.