Spring 2014 Newsletter

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Spring 2014


The Feinstein Food Challenge

Feinstein Challenge

For the 17th straight year, Alan Shawn Feinstein will divide $1 million among hunger fighting agencies nationwide, and the Northborough Food Pantry is once again, very enthusiastic about participating in this great fund raising effort.

All food donated to the Pantry between March 1st and April 30th is tallied and reported and funds are distributed by the Feinstein Foundation based on the percentage of food collected. A detailed national report can be found on the Feinstein Foundation website, http://www.feinsteinfoundation.org

This challenge generates amazing results. In 2013, Northborough students donated close to 4500 items and our Food Pantry received a check for $250 from the Feinstein Organization. More importantly, our schools donated enough juice boxes, cereal and healthy snacks to last 3 months! In the past we have had to purchase those items week to week as funds allowed. Recently we have been serving over 70 households each week, but it is a manageable task thanks to the continued support we receive from our schools and the community.

How can I help?

 

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Local Project Prepares Healthy Meals for Families in Transition

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In a joint project between Framingham State University Student Robert Driscoll and the advanced Food and Nutrition Classes taught by Susan Halpin at Algonquin Regional High School, students researched then worked on preparing healthy meals using a small microwave, similar to what is in the motel rooms where the Department of Transitional Assistance places homeless families.

student deliveryThis semester at Algonquin Regional High School, students who are in the advanced Nutrition and Culinary Arts classes are working on how to prepare meals using microwaves, to learn and experience the dorm room style cooking. Using what they have learned, on March 21, 2014, these students will be helping to provide a meal to the Families in Transition. The recipe that will be delivered to the 20 or so families housed at a local Northborough motel is a Sweet and Sour Chicken recipe with Long Grain Rice, along with Strawberry Cheesecake Bites.

Also, the Student Council at Algonquin Regional High School, advisor Mr. John Barry, is creating a reusable shopping bag that will be given to these families. It will contain items like a microwave recipe book, measuring cups, cutting boards, wooden spoons, and more. These supplies will help the families prepare all the recipes that are in the book the students have created for them. These cooking supplies are being funded by the student council at Algonquin Regional High School.

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Stamp Out Hunger

Letter Carriers Deliver 22nd Annual Food Drive May 10, 2014. Please have your donations out for your postal carrier by 9am!Stamp out hunger

Saturday May 10th, letter carriers with the US Postal Service will host the 22nd 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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