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Jeremiah’s Inn 28th Annual Food Drive

June 6-12 2022 

Families in Worcester need our help.  The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on our community.  Food insecurity in Massachusetts has risen from 8.4% of households pre-pandemic to 17.5% of households at the end of 2020. Representing the largest relative increase of food-insecure individuals in the nation due to COVID-19, according to Project Bread‘s website. Last year, thanks to organizations and individuals like you, we were able to assist over 5,000 households representing roughly 14,000 individuals in Worcester who struggled with hunger and food insecurity.

Jeremiah's Inn - 2020
Jeremiah's Inn - 2020

 For almost thirty years we have been collecting food, essential items, and monetary donations during the first week of June to raise awareness that hunger is a year-round issue and to highlight the increased demand for our services during the summer months when children lose access to school-provided breakfast and lunch. It also helps to stock the food pantry to help us keep up with increased demand. We are so grateful to Trecie and her team at Shaw’s on 14 West Boylston St. for allowing us to take over the store for the week. The support from shoppers was outstanding – we raised $1,400 and collected around 1,200 lbs. of food which will be distributed back to the community. Together with our sponsors, our online campaign, and other food drives such as the Heard Street School Drive put on by miss Evelyn and her 5th-grade class, this year’s food drive brought in a total of 1,600 lbs. of food and essentials and over $19,000 – and donations are still coming in!! We are so grateful to have the level of community support needed to ensure our neighbors have access to the essential items and food they need to stay healthy. Thank you, Worcester!!!

It’s Not Too Late to Make a Monetary Donation!!

Monetary donations are the easiest most cost effective way to donate to the food drive. We can purchase food wholesale at a lesser price than at grocery stores, and pallets are easier to store than individual cans and boxes.   

Food & Essentials Wishlist 

  • Rice 
  • Pancake Mix
  • Soups
  • Canned meats
  • Beans
  • Flours (all types)
  • Cooking oils (all types)
  • Special Diet items (vegan & gluten, nut, soy-free etc.)
  • Nuts and trail mix
  • Shelf stable box meals such as meal helpers and mac & cheese
  • Cereal 
  • Baby items
    • Diapers
    • Wipes
    • Formula
    • Baby food
  • Household items
    • Disinfecting cleaners
    • Toilet paper
    • Paper towels
    • Detergents (laundry & dish)
  • Toiletries
    • Feminine hygiene 
    • Toothpaste
    • Soap
    • Shampoo
    • Antiperspirant