Generous community support for the Southborough Food Pantry

Above: Just some of the faces of generous contributers to our community’s food pantry (images cropped from Facebook)

Last weekend, Post Office workers collected and delivered contributions to the Southborough Food Pantry. The pantry posted a thank you on Facebook. In looking at it, I noticed several other contributions worth recognizing.

Here are some highlights from Southborough Food Pantry’s Facebook page (In reverse order, these all took place since the Scouting for Food drive in November):

USPS Drive:

The USPS did it again! The postmen and women collected almost 1200 lbs. on their routes Saturday. They are always so happy when they bring it to us. Wonderful people. Huge thanks to them and to all of the generous people who left their bag out.

Algonquin drive:

We are so fortunate to have received a fantastic donation from Algonquin High School’s annual food drive. They provided us with enough cereal, juice, Chef Boyardi, soup, jelly and granola bars to last through the summer. Each year the kids outdo themselves.  Thanks so much. Thanks to Justine and Laura for handling everything in Mr. Barry’s abscence

20160519_food_pantry_fay_st_marks_5k-croppedFay School & St. Mark’s 5K collection:

Thanks to Fay School and St. Mark’s School for all this food collected at their 5K Road Race. The schools are celebrating their 150th. Thank you Nicole Casey for coordinating the collection.

Birthday party collection

20160519_food_pantry_birthday_girls-120160519_birthday 2A very big thank you to the Laurie girls – Stella and Sienna as well as twin sisters Emily and Ivy for their donation of a large carton plus 3 tote bags full of food for the Food Pantry from their Willie Wonka Birthday Bash!

St. Matthew’s collection:

20160519_food_pantry_collection_St_MatthewsA monetary donation, bags of groceries and MUCH soup from St. Matthew’s tonight brought to us by Jack and Elizabeth Muirhead!

Fundraising initiative:

Just after Halloween 2014, Lila Shields had candy that she didn’t want.

20160519_food_pantry_shieldsShe wanted to help other people.

Lila decorated a box for donations and put it next to a bowl of the candy on her mother Melissa’s desk at work. Every time someone took some candy, they left a donation.

Since then she has asked people who visited her house, relatives and friends, to make a donation to help other people.

This morning Lila and her mother Melissa delivered a check for the money she collected to Pat Draper at the Southborough Food Pantry to help our families.

A very big thank you to a creative, caring young lady.

20160519_food_pantry_library_driveSouthborough Library’s amnesty program:

Thanks to the Library staff and patrons for the yearly amnesty program.

St. Anne’s Giving Tree:

St. Anne’s “Giving Tree” has again provided gifts to all our clients to ensure they have a Happy Christmas. We get all the hugs and wish to pass them along to everyone who took a star and granted a wish.

Fresh produce contributions and Thanksgiving baskets:

Thanks to Chestnut Hill Farm for supplying the fresh vegetables, Wegman’s for the fruit and to the Girl Scouts for putting the Thanksgiving baskets together.We are so blessed to have all this support in ensuring our clients have a healthy meal and a Happy Thanksgiving.

Community Fund grant:

We are extremely grateful to the Southborough Community Fund, a fund of the Foundation for Metrowest, for the generous collaborative grant given to us, the Senior Center and the Youth & Family to be used for emergency assistance.

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