Local generosity benefits RachelÃ¢€™s Table
As Director of Rachel’s Table, I want to sincerely thank the students of the Walter J. Paton School, the Beal Early Childhood Center, Spring Street Elementary School, the Heald and Chiampa Funeral Home, and realtor Steve Levine for the generous food donations that my organization received because of their eff orts. For many years, Mr. Levine has worked with the Shrewsbury schools to collect food at Thanksgiving. This year, the Heald and Chiampa Funeral Home was added. Because of everyone’s generous eff orts, they helped St. Paul’s Outreach in Worcester to provide Thanksgiving food boxes for 360 families. As Ralph Weirich of the pantry told us, “The students of Shrewsbury always come through with the items we seem to run out of.”
Rachel’s Table is a food rescue organization whose volunteers transport donated food to 40 pantries, soup pantries, soup kitchens, day programs, group homes and neighborhood pantries. We help to combat the growing problem of hunger in our area. During these difficult economic times, more and more people, particularly families with children, are seeking food aid. Agencies that help the hungry are having trouble keeping up with the tremendous need. Food pantries are desperate to fill their shelves.
In addition to the food donation distributed by Rachel’s Table, the Children’s Milk Fund program purchases 715 gallons of milk each week to help children through 23 agencies. Thousands of children are helped through this program. Rachel’s Table also provides fruits and vegetables for the summer meal program in Worcester – over 99,000 meals this past summer when schools, and their meals, were not available. Special food items are purchased for the clients of the Homeless Outreach and Advocacy program.
Last year, Rachel’s Table provided over a half million pounds of food and milk to help the agencies that help the hungry. We can only do so because of the kindness of people like Steve Levine and the people of Shrewsbury.
Carla Szymanski, Director
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