Spring 2016 Newsletter

In this issue learn all about:

  • A record setting $11,000 in proceeds to the Northborough Food Pantry
  • Westboro Speedway Plaza Stop & Shop collection bin and ongoing partnership
  • Stamp Out Hunger - Saturday, May 14, 2016
  • By the Numbers
  • How can I help?

Amazing. Thank you. And Wow.

scouting for food
In March there are over 45 National something food related Days. A well known one is National Corned Beef and Cabbage Day on March 17th (St Patrick's Day) but did you know that the following day is National Sloppy Joe Day or that March 20th is National Ravioli Day. You can look at http://www.nationaldaycalendar.com to see many more days when a particualr food is celebrated.

Recently the organizers of a Northborough Thanksgiving morning tradition and the Co-Directors of the Northborough Food Pantry met to review and celebrate another food related event, the 8th Annual Northborough Turkey Trot.

Recipe for a great Thanksgiving morning


  • 1 Northborough resident's idea
  • 5K run/walk route
  • 8 years of growing tradition
  • 24 local sponsors
  • 517 registered participants


  1. Bring all of the above together at 8AM on November 26, 2015 at Zeh School, Howard St, Northborough.
  2. Set the "trotters" off on the 8th Annual Northborough Turkey Trot.
  3. Award prizes to a variety of category winners. Congratulations to all participants.
  4. Donate a record setting $11000 in proceeds to the Northborough Food Pantry.

If you were anywhere near Zeh School on Howard St, or trying to navigate Church St, in Northborough at 8AM on Thanksgiving morning you were treated to a glimpse of the 8th Annual Northborough Turkey Trot which benefits the Northborough Food Pantry. With the idea that 300 or so registrants would join in this years event, Rita Matraia, the owner of Core Connection fitness club and founder of this town event, welcomed close to 500 participants on Thanksgiving morning. An astonishing 479 "Turkey Trotters" finished their route.

Success of the event can be seen by the smiles on faces captured by Maggie Kosovsky of Kosovsky Photography. Check out the entire video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RKasBE0WM4 or at www.northboroughturkeytrot.com Success is also noted by a record setting $11000 in proceeds being donated to the Northborough Food Pantry (NFP). The pantry is run completely by volunteers which allows !00% of proceeds to be used to purchase food items for those utilizing the pantry services. This generous monetary donation raised by this one event ensures the pantry will be able to provide supplemental food to Northborough residents in need for many months to come.

Thank you to the following local sponsors for supporting this wonderful tradition:

Rafferty Law Office, CTS (Communication Technology Services, LLC), The Core Connection, Metrowest Oral Surgical Associates, Orthomed Massage Clinic, Apex Dental, Karen Scopetski Realtor, Brand Pendulum, Sigma 7 Group, TD Bank, Fidelity Investments, Rail Trail Flatbread, Primary Care & Sports Medicine, Avidia Bank, Putnam Pipe, Bistro Limoncello Ristorante, Armeno Coffee Roasters, Anthony Andrew Jewelers, Lowe’s Variety & Meat Market, Soleo Health, Bluewater Landscaping, GPS Financial Management Inc., WCD Garage, and Kosovsky Photography.

Powerful Local Partnership: Highlighting the Westboro Speedway Plaza Stop and Shop

Have you ever visited the Westboro Speedway Plaza Stop and Shop and wondered what happens to the food placed in the donation bin at the front of the store? Those items are collected twice a week by our Junior Volunteers and swiftly placed on the shelves to nourish local families. Anyone who wants to donate food items to our pantry, but not make the special trip to 37 Pierce St, can confidently put the items in the bin at this S&S knowing they will get to our pantry shelves in a timely manner.

While this may be the most visible sign of the ongoing support that the Speedway Stop and Shop provides the Northborough Food Pantry, the depth of their support is far deeper. Recently the managers, Sean and Jonathan, have run promotions at the cash registers asking customers purchase specific items to be donated directly to our bin. This promotion has been wonderfully successful with lots of canned beans and couscous side dish mixes being made available to us! Thank you to all who have participated, it is greatly appreciated.

The Stop and Shop Food for Friends program enables customers to purchase $10/pre-made box of staples at registers during Nov-Dec. These boxes were given to our clients to help bridge the holiday weeks when we were closed. Our new facility allowed for easier access and distribution of these prepared boxes. A recent generous monetary donation was made via the Stop & Shop Food For Friends program.

Thank you, Speedway Plaza Stop and Shop! You are such an amazing partner!

Stamp Out Hunger

Letter Carriers Deliver 23rd Annual Food Drive May 14, 2016. Please have your donations out for your postal carrier by 9am!

Stamp out hunger
Saturday May 14th, letter carriers with the US Postal Service will host the 23rd 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.


By The Numbers

In February, 2016, 362 bags of food were distributed, a 73% increase since February, 2007, and 100 Households benefited from the Northborough Food Pantry, a 64% increase since February, 2007.

Since July, 2015, 161 families have used the Pantry at least one time. This is a total of at least 459 people benefitting from Northborough’s food pantry.

133 Generous Volunteers
make this possible.
Thank you!

How You can help


The Northborough Food Pantry is a non-profit organization run on the generosity of donors & volunteers.

Monetary donations are gratefully accepted. Funding is needed to purchase eggs & meat, & to supplement donations.

Tribute Gifts are a wonderful way to honor your friends and family.

Checks may be made payable to:

Northborough Food Pantry

Mail to:

Northborough Food Pantry

37 Pierce Street

Northborough, MA 01532

Stay tuned for the next newsletter, where we will highlight some additional Amazing Organizations, and their Fantastic Food Drives! Sign up to receive the newsletter on the website homepage:


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