City officials said more seniors are signing up at the local food bank and pantry, and the shelves are almost bare.

Mayor Ben Blake issued a press release Thursday calling on city employees and residents to drop off items at the Milford Senior Center and the Beth-El Center between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays.

There is also a drop spot for city employees in the Community Development Department and the mayor’s office.

“This is a call to action for the city with a big heart,” Blake said. “We will have these shelves stocked for our residents and seniors.”

Blake said he hopes people will deliver as many items as possible to the shelter by Friday, October 30, and he plans to do the same.

Milford Senior Center Food Bank Manager Sharon Brown speculates that seniors are choosing between buying medicine and buying food, or paying their bills and buying food.

The Senior Center is requesting all non-perishable items but, more specifically, there is an immediate need for pasta and soup.

The Beth-El Center is in need of the following kitchen items: paper towels, toilet paper, facial tissue, hot/cold cups (6oz or 8oz), 8oz bowls, paper placemats, paper napkins, food storage bags (gallon size), plastic wrap and heavy duty aluminum foil.

As far as food items go, the Beth-El Center is asking for the following: cereal, pasta, crackers, creamer, sugar and sweetener, coffee, powdered drink mixes (iced tea, lemonade, etc.), pasta sauce, canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, ketchup, mustard, relish, tuna, soup and canned vegetables and fruits.

The Milford Senior Center is located at 9 Jepson Drive. The Beth El Center is located at 90 New Haven Avenue.