2017-01-13 / Your City

Event to prepare 100,000 meals for local food pantries

Submitted to The Champion

To help combat hunger in the community, United Way of North Central Massachusetts is seeking 400 volunteers for Thursday, Jan. 19 to package 100,000 meals for local food pantries.

“Because of the ongoing needs of our local pantries, we established an aggressive goal of packaging 100,000 meals,” said Phil Grzewinski, president of United Way of North Central Massachusetts. “We know the food pantries really need healthy food to provide to their clients.”

“We want to extend a special thanks to Aubuchon Hardware, Dunkin Donuts, Research Results, Inc., Phil and Debbie Richards and DoubleTree by Hilton Leominster for making this event possible,” said Fran Longton, volunteer manager for United Way of North Central Massachusetts. “We selected this week to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, which commemorates Dr. King’s life and teachings through community service projects that help to empower and strengthen local communities.”

The event will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Leominster from 4-8 p.m. Jan. 19. Volunteers will work in teams of 12 to assemble, package, seal and box nutritious meals of rice and beans and macaroni and cheese and other meals. The boxes of meals will be distributed to 20 food pantries in Leominster, Fitchburg, Gardner, Devens, Pepperell, Templeton and Westminster.

According to Longton, it’s a great event to do as a family, and children aged 10 and up can participate with their parents. All volunteers must register prior to the event to participate, which can be done at www.uwncm.org.

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