Stamp Out Hunger
Letter Carriers Deliver 21st Annual Food Drive May 11, 2013. Please have your donations out for your postal carrier by 9am!
Saturday May 11th, letter carriers with the US Postal Service will host the 21st annual Stamp out Hunger food drive to
collect food donations for those who struggle to feed their families. On that day, postal customers are asked to leave food items at or next to their mailboxes.
Donations collected in Northborough go directly to the Northborough Food Pantry.
The Stamp out Hunger food drive is the nation's largest single-day food drive, having
collected more than a billion pounds of non-perishable food since it began in 1992.
Click here to see the food items that are needed most.
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Beyond the Numbers: Donna's Story
A Northborough resident and mother of one in her mid-40s, Donna was involved in a bicycle accident when coming home from a job interview. The accident left her with high medical bills and ongoing prescription costs. Donna receives only $19 per month from a Food Stamp program, and has had to cut her meal sizes to make sure that her son had enough food. “He’s a young man with a great appetite!” Donna says.
Donna was nervous when she decided to come to the food pantry for help. She had donated items to the Pantry in the past, but she was afraid of the transition from being a ‘provider’ to ‘not providing’. She was expecting an industrial food distribution - a formal, pre-packed bag without regard to choices, however, she was pleasantly surprised to find similar items to what she would normally purchase at the store, and warm, friendly staff and clients. “The process was easy and the people were absolutely amazing,” Donna said.
Donna was also able to take advantage of the Pantry’s cooking classes with her son, and they had a great time together. He took more pride in what he was cooking at home and enjoyed eating the food more. They are trying to make more healthy eating decisions, and find out what food items affect their health.
Donna appreciates that she has been able to give to the pantry in the past, and is grateful and that the service is available to her now. With her weekly shopping at the pantry, she takes home enough food for about 3 days each week.
Thanks to your donations of food, time, and money, Donna and her son are able to have enough food on the table.
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The Feinstein Food Challenge
With the Feinstein Food Challenge, Food Pantry donations in March and April can go even further!
How? With every donation to the Northborough Food Pantry, the Pantry will receive a percentage of
the Feinstein Challenge $1 million!
Last year, all of the schools in Northborough participated, running food drives in March and April. They collected over 3500 food items and over $3000.
The students delivered all of the donations in April, and many helped sort, deliver and stock.
How can I help?
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We are so lucky to have such a wide variety of contributing partners! This month, we would like to highlight the support given to the pantry by local churches/congregations including:
- St. Rose of Lima - for their monthly food collections, Easter white bag donations, Young Neighbors in Action for help with sorting and stocking donations
- St. Bernadette's - for their monthly food collections
- First Parish - for their food collections, financial donations
- Church of the Nativity - for their monthly food donations
- Trinity Church - which provides volunteers to run an on site pharmacy program to distribute over the counter medications to food pantry clients and runs the Community Meals Program to provide weekly free hot meals
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for donating over 30 cases of food from the Bishop's Storehouse
Thank you to all of our partners!
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