Keith Marin (left) from Safe Net Ministries was the guest speaker at the February 15, 2017 meeting of the Stafford Rotary Club, held at Sun Valley in Stafford. Marin spoke of the organization’s recent move from downtown Main Street to 58 West Stafford Road, where the problem of parking, congestion and food deliveries have improved greatly.
The group’s goal is to provide temporary assistance to those in need of food, clothing and utilities in the Stafford and Union community. Safe Net works in concert with Stafford Social Services and community clergy members to meet the special needs of residents who are caught in difficult, transitional times in their lives.
On the second and fourth Saturday of each month, approximately 400 families – consisting of 63 seniors, 127 children, mentally-challenged and homeless citizens and shut-ins – benefit from the food pantry. 
“Food stamps don’t get you very far,” noted Marin, who is the president of Safe Net. “We offer food through Flo's Friendship Kitchen and our food cupboard, and we try to help with utility bills, gas so people can visit family members in the hospital, etc. We often find people through Social Services.”
Safe Net Ministries is supported by both private and corporate donations and also relies on Foodshare. Marin made particular note of the generosity of TTM, Verizon, Stafford Middle School, Stafford High School and Stafford Library.
Safe Net has a 15-member board of directors and a number of volunteers, however, there are occasions when the group has been short-handed. To learn more and/or become a volunteer or donate, visit the Safe Net Ministries website at You can also find Safe Net Ministries on Facebook.
Click here to read more about Safe Net Ministries and their recent move in the Stafford edition of Courant Community.