The Sherman Congregational Church will collect nonperishable food for Thanksgiving through Nov. 20.

Donations will be distributed to 18 senior families through Hungerford Place, the Sherman Food Pantry.

Hungerford Place was organized in 1993 by seven individuals and endorsed by the town’s three churches at the time.

It 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 and Hungerford work together to provide a Thanksgiving basket for each family and senior in town in need.

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

Gravy, cranberry sauce, canned vegetables (including sweet potatoes), rice, instant potatoes, instant dressing, puddings, Jell-o, canned fruit, cake mixes are among the items needed.

Small jars or boxes are most suitable since these are meals for seniors, not large families.

The second offering at the church service Nov. 19 will go to providing grocery gift cards to those in need year-round.