Food pantry’s new director a dietitian

A new director has joined the Marietta Community Food Pantry, working to keep it running as smoothly as possible.

Nancy Broughton was hired into the position around March 24. She said she became interested in work at the food pantry for several reasons.

“I’m a registered dietitian…I have experience (with food),” she said. “That’s a big part of the reason why I was interested in the job. I’ve also been a volunteer in the community, pretty much since I (moved) here. That’s also a big part of the reason why I was interested the job.”

Broughton moved to the area in 1981. She has worked a wide range of jobs, but all devoted to diets and food.

“I’ve worked at Marietta Memorial Hospital as a clinical dietitian and in outreach as a diabetes educator,” she said.

Some of Broughton’s new duties at the pantry include food ordering and documenting what food comes through the door.

“I order the food and handle the day-to-day operations,” she said. “I just handle whatever comes up and assist the volunteers as needed.”

The pantry served 2,786 households in 2013, which included 752 seniors, 4,273 other adults and 2,432 children.

Broughton said she’s having a good time at her new job.

“I really enjoy the job and the volunteers are fantastic,” she said. “I would not have been able to make it through the last three weeks without their help. They really have knowledge of day-to-day how things work. It’s something different everyday; it’s always interesting.”

Broughton said her work has let her know the huge need for continued food pantry service there is in the area. She said on top of the need exhibited, there’s always somebody dropping food off at the door.

“It’s interesting to see the need in the community, but also the other part that has been eye-opening to me is how generous the community is to the food pantry,” Broughton said. “I’ll come in in the morning and there’s boxes of food…and these groups collect canned goods. That kind of help makes all the difference.”