The Sherman Congregational Church will collect non-perishable food for Thanksgiving to donate to senior families through Hungerford Place, the Sherman Food Pantry, through Nov. 19.

Hungerford Place, organized in 1993 by seven individuals and endorsed by the town’s three churches at the time, was established to provide food assistance and basic necessities to people in need.

The group named the organization after the Hungerford family, highly esteemed for generations in Sherman.

Originally, Hungerford Place was an actual food pantry where the community donated food for people in need.

After many years, Hungerford changed and now gives out grocery gift cards because there is no longer space to house the food.

At Thanksgiving, the Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and Hungerford work together to provide a Thanksgiving basket for each family and senior in town in need.

Donations can be placed in a basket in the narthex of the church at 6 Church Road.

Needed are gravy, cranberry sauce, canned vegetables (including sweet potatoes), rice, instant potatoes, instant dressing, puddings, Jell-o, canned fruit, cake mixes and anything else non-perishable needed for a Thanksgiving feast.

Small jars or boxes are encouraged, since the meals are for seniors, not large families.

The second offering at the church service Nov. 18 will provide grocery gift cards to those in need year round.

Donations may also be sent to the church.