Loaves & Fishes exists as a mission of love and faith to provide food and temporary support services to residents of Ayer, Devens, Groton, Harvard, Littleton and Shirley, and advocates for changes by its clients that will promote independence and self-reliance.

Donations are greatly appreciated and our need has never been greater than now. Items needed include nonperishable food items in cans and boxes, condiments, pasta and sauce and personal-care items. For information go to www.devenspantry.org.

All donations for Loaves & Fishes may be dropped off at the Ayer Fire Station, 1 West Main St., Ayer, at any time. Please consider bringing a donation to the Turkey Party on Nov. 14, or to the Ayer Fire Department's 5K Road Race on Thanksgiving Day.

With the holidays fast approaching, nonperishable food donations are also welcomed by PACH (Pepperell Aid from Community to Home) in Pepperell and TEO (Townsend Ecumenical Outreach) in Townsend. Please leave donations at a church or the pantry's office.

Thank you.