by: Liz Fogerty
(April 17, 2023)
The National Charity League, Inc. (NCL), the nation’s premier mother-daughter volunteer organization with two operating chapters servicing the Ridgefield community, have joined efforts to support the food pantry at Ballard Green, The Ballard CountryStore, one of six locations in Ridgefield, originally created by the mission of Ruby’s Little Pantry.
Since the Covid pandemic, food insecurity and the demand to meet basic home and food necessities of those in need has increased. Unfortunately, this need has not diminished and extends beyond the efforts currently provided by Ridgefield Social Services.
Engaging the depth and scale of NCL, organized by school-age classes from 7th grade through 12th grade, it was determined that each class would own one month a year as a volunteer effort to collect donations and keep the pantry stocked.
The need to re-fill the pantry every month created an opportunity for the local NCL chapters to come together to ensure all 12 months of the year were covered. Today both Chapters, Ridgefield and Nutmeg, have committed to ensuring that the Ballard Country Store is stocked each month.