Friday, March 10, 2017

Hunger in Eastern Massachusetts

From a quick look at the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) web site you can learn that in Eastern Massachusetts:

  • One in ten members of our community is at risk of hunger. 
  • Hunger is not a problem facing just those in poverty - it is also a challenge faced by working- and middle-class neighbors. 
  • 1 in 3 at risk are children. 
  • 1 in 5 at risk are seniors. 
  • 72% of the households served need to use a food pantry on a regular basis to have enough to eat.

Yes, these essential statistics of hunger are important to know and to understand. But each week while we are working to address the situation spelled out by these GBFB numbers we are reminded hunger is about more than statistics - hunger is about real people.

Friday, February 24, 2017

A Typical February?

Typical? Yes it was cold. Yes there were blizzard conditions and we had to cancel food distribution one week. Of course 63° yesterday was not so typical. But the assistance we received from friends and family during school vacation week was exactly the "typical" dedicated effort that allows the pantry to continue its support to our neighbors in need. So yes, all things considered, a typical February for which we are very thankful.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Gonsalves Tae Kwon Do 'Kick Out Hunger' Delivers Again!

This year in their annual Christmas Food Drive, the Gonsalves Tae Kwon Do students and instructors collected 1,565 food items totaling over 1000 lbs! These items were delivered to the St. Anthony Food Pantry in New Bedford before Christmas and they were handed out to those in need in our community. Awesome job to everyone that participated, you should be very proud of yourselves. And a special "thank you" to Master Aimee for developing and executing the idea of Kick Out Hunger!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Food Pantry Christmas Party

More than 60 of our dedicated food pantry volunteers got together on Friday December 16 for a delightful Christmas party. The celebration was a well deserved thanks for all their efforts as well as a fun chance to get together and enjoy food, games, and laughs.