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Thrive Not Just Survive
Here in MA over 600,000 people are struggling with hunger – of them roughly 140,000 are children. Many of our clients are children, most of whom are enrolled in school meal programs. Research shows a strong link to food insecurity and the prevalence of delayed development in young children, chronic illnesses like asthma and anemia, and behavioral problems like hyperactivity, anxiety and aggression. With your help we can make sure children have what they need to THRIVE- not just survive. Each year in June we hold our Annual Food Drive to help us stock the food pantry for the busy summer months ahead. During this week-long event we set up shop at Shaw’s Supermarket – Gold Star Blvd. to collect food and monetary donations which help us keep up with increased demand.
This year due to the COVID 19 pandemic we were unable to be there in person. However, thanks to our amazing network of supporters we had an overwhelming response to our 26th Annual Food Drive! 2,000 lbs. of food was collected remotely, and thanks to our generous sponsors and donors we raised nearly $16,000 for our Nutrition Center and Food Pantry!!!
We have seen a larger than normal increase in the number of families who need assistance, in addition to the expected uptick that happens each summer when school meals are not an option. The demand for emergency food has DOUBLED in 2020, and with some children not returning to school we see no reason for this not to continue for the foreseeable future. It will take a lot of community support to help these families at this extraordinary time! With so much uncertainty, we can at least help our neighbors be certain they won’t go hungry.
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