How do you help in your community? I do a little bit but think I can do more. The following was in this week’s Newton Tab and it was my husband’s idea to post it on my blog (thanks, honey). It also ties in with a project I am working on with two friends.
The Newton Food Pantry needs help. It is a great organization run by volunteers in the basement of the (former) Waban branch libary (the building is now run by the Waban Improvement Society). The Village Bank ( a local Newton bank) is partnering with the Newton Pride Committee to re-stock the shelves of the food pantry. Donations are welcome from April 5-19 in collection boxes at Village Bank locations throughout Newton and at the Newton Cultural Center in Newtonville. If you are in the area, they are looking for donations of non-perishable foods, toiletries, diapers and cleaning products. Many thanks.
This leads me to the project. One day, while talking with two friends, the question came up about what happens to stuff at local bakeries at the end of the day. We each chose a bakery, now that we have places that are willing to donate, we are looking at how to get the food to places that need it.
New York City has City Harvest which is a “food rescue organization”. It started with a group of volunteers (25 years ago) who “connected and a handful of neighborhood restaurants to food programs serving meals to those in need”. So far the response has been overwhelmingly positive and we haven’t even gotten to restaurants yet.
I know about Community Servings in Boston and the Greater Boston Food Bank , two wonderful organizations. Is there already a City Harvest model in Boston? Is there anything like it?
Do you know anyone who has started something like this? Any help would be appreciated. Please feel free to send this along.