The Southborough Food Pantry located at Pilgrim Church had to close down while the move was in town, but you probably won’t hear anyone complaining about that. In fact, you’re more likely to hear food pantry volunteers singing the movie’s praises.
Caterers for the movie were set up to feed hundreds of cast, crew, and extras. And what they didn’t use, they donated to the food pantry.
Volunteer Marge Coldwell told me pantry members delivered large amounts of donated food to area shelters, including Sage House Family Shelter and Pathways Family Shelter, both in Framingham. In total, about 30 families in Framingham benefited from the food.
Meals leftover from the movie were also donated to Roland’s House, a homeless shelter in Marlborough.
The food varied each day, but meals included steak, chicken, fried and baked fish, pork chops, potatoes, pasta, rice, vegetables, fried plantains, salads, fruit, desserts, and rolls or bread. And it was all prepared and ready to eat.
At the end of filming, the caterers also donated all the bottled drinks that were left over. Marge says several cases have already gone to food pantry families.
The pantry resumes normal operations at Pilgrim Church today.