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Jeremiah’s Inn 27th Annual Food Drive 

Families in Worcester need our help.  The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on our community. Unemployment and health concerns, navigating the challenges of remote learning, and losing out on those meals that schools typically provide has dramatically increased the level of stress on households that were already finding it hard to make ends meet.   Food insecurity in Massachusetts has risen from 8.4% of house-holds 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 27 years now we have been holding our Annual Food Drive in June to raise food, funds and awareness for our neighbors who suffer from food insecurity. Summer is typically a tough time for families due to the loss of school provided meals, and 2020 was like a year-long summer! More families visited our food pantry for the first time in 2020 than ever before. There was an estimated 300% increase in first time clients! This year we will held our food & essentials drive at Shaw’s Supermarket on West Boylston St. Staff and volunteers were there in person on June 12th & 13th raising awareness and collecting food & monetary donations. We were so grateful to have Colleen from K-LOVE Radio there providing positive and encouraging music, games and giveaways!! 

We also want to thank all those who donated food and toiletries to our satellite collection boxes at both Worcester Price Choppers on Cambridge St. & Park Ave. All told, we collected a total of 2,000 lbs. of food and essentials items during our week long drive. We would also like to thank our amazing sponsors and donors, without whom our food drive is not possible. Due to their contributions and the individual donations of so many online and by mail, we were able to raise nearly $18,000!! This has been one of the most successful events we have ever had thanks to our amazing community of givers. More children and families will have access to the healthy food, water, toiletries, and essential household items this summer because of your generosity. Thank You!!

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.   

Help Another Way

If you would like to hold your own Food Drive at your organization, school, or office or want to help raise funds virtually contact or fill out the form below indicating the Food Drive and we will contact you! 

Food Drive & 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 

If you have further questions or comments aboout the Food Drive you may use the form below to contact Alyssa Dancause. 

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1059 Main St., Worcester, MA 01603
(508) 755-6403