Thank you so much to all organizations and individuals who helped over the year. Without you, this would not be possible. We wish you all a happy and healthy New Year!
Remember that all donations are tax-deductible.This month, we would like to send a special thank you to:
- Kate Shaw, pictured below, and Central One Credit Union, who donated 350 reusable bags.
-Jonathan Freve, who sponsored the pantry for a grant from the Brookfield U.S. Foundation.- Rita Matraia, Core Connection, whose Turkey Trot race on Thanksgiving Day raised money for the food pantry
- The Nibot Noslen Band, who played their annual day-after Thanksgiving concert fundraiser.
- Scouting For Food, which collected more than 9,200 items to stock our shelves.
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Supporting Families in Transition
We are happy we can help support the families who have been placed in Northborough hotels by the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance. We support more than 20 families in conjunction with a local organization, Friends of Families in Transition.
The families we support are only supplied with a microwave and a small dorm-sized refrigerator, and are in need of meals that can be easily prepared in their hotel rooms. To help support this effort, we are asking for help with donations of microwavable meals, diapers, and personal care products
To learn more about helping these families beyond pantry donations, please call (508) 709-5519, email FriendsOfFIT@aol.com, or go to FriendsOfFIT.org.
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Elizabeth Wig’s Girl Scout Project
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Congratulations to Elizabeth Wig on her Gold Award! And we truly appreciate the work you did for our clients!
Article below by Elizabeth Wig
The Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious award a Girl Scout can earn, equal in rank to a Boy Scout Eagle Award. The Gold Award is a chance for Girl Scouts to branch out and choose a topic that they are particularly passionate about, and to make a bigger and more lasting difference in the world.
From the beginning, I knew that I wanted to do something relating to hunger with my Gold Award. Hunger is an issue that is important to me because it is both immense and entirely within people’s abilities to solve, and I want to help to solve it.
As I started looking for places that fought hunger and had needs that would fit the Gold Award’s parameters, I found that the Northborough Food Pantry was one place where I could help.
The Pantry’s waiting area needed a place to display health information for its clients, as well as something to do for the young children who often had to wait in line for a long time to get food.
For my project, I found a set of colorful drawers to replace the old shelves in the waiting area. Then, I got donations of children’s books from my church’s book sale and filled the drawers with those books. I raised money for a locking bulletin board and checked with the building inspector to make sure it was okay in the location, before buying one and installing it on the wall outside the Pantry. It now holds health information in a neater and more efficient display than before.
I’m planning an also installing a whiteboard for the Pantry and getting markers for it.
A huge thank-you to my family, Sarah Rothery, and all the workers at the Food Pantry for making this project possible!
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