Bridgewater Tax Collector Catherine Vikstrom will conduct a food drive during July.

Nonperishable food items and household goods will be collected and delivered to the Bridgewater food pantry, housed in the parish house at the Bridgewater Congregational Church.

"The month of July is a very busy month for walk-ins in the tax offfice," Vikstrom said.

"The first installment of real estate taxes and all motor vehicle taxes are due in July," she said, "and we typically have many customers pay at the counter."

Vikstrom encourages taxpayers and other visitors to Town Hall to make a contribution to the food pantry.

"There are always people in need, and summer is traditionally a slow time for pantry donations," she noted.

The food pantry, which made its home in the parish house in January 2010, is available to all Bridgewater residents.

The Rev. Peter Hammond and his wife, Kimberly Gellatly, direct operations for the food pantry on a volunteer basis.

No proof of need is required; confidentiality is guaranteed.

"We're open weekday mornings and often into the afternoon," Gellatly said. "If a resident is unable to come in the mornings, we will also be happy to open up at a time more convenient for them.

"We believe there are more people in town that might need a little help and we welcome them," she said.

She said deliveries are available.

Hammond and Gellatly were recently honored by Bridgewater Grange No. 153 for their volunteerism.

Items sought for the food pantry include paper goods (tissues, toilet paper, paper towels and napkins), household items (laundry and bath soap, toothpaste, shampoo, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, cleaning products), and food items such as peanut butter and jelly, coffee, dry pasta, cereal, granola bars, tuna, juice and canned fruit and vegetables.

Gift cards for area stores are also welcome.

For information about the drive, call Vikstrom at 860-355-9220. For information about the pantry,

call Gellatly at 860-354-8283.