The National Association of Letter Carriers will again sponsor the Stamp Out Hunger food drive on Saturday, May 10. This is a major source of food for us and we encourage everyone to participate. To donate food, leave nonperishable food items in or near your mailbox and the letter carriers will deliver all Bedford donations to us. No expired items or glass containers, please. We can also use volunteers to sort and store the donations. If you'd like to help, please come to Bedford Town Center (12 Mudge Way, downstairs) at 3:00 on the 10th and plan to stay until 6:00. Thanks to the Letter Carriers, donors and volunteers for the support!
Looking for something different? Try one of our community dinners in April. Here's what you have to look forward to. Dinners are free and everyone is welcome. Come join us!
|April 3||American chop suey||Members of St. Michael Parish and several local volunteers|
|April 10||Meatloaf and potatoes||Members of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, the moms of Boy Scout Troop 144 and a local family|
|April 17||Veggie lasagna||Several hardworking individual and family volunteers|
|April 24||Italian dinner||Several more hardworking individuals and two local families|
We are very grateful to everyone who contributed or participated in the Lane School's 2014 Soup-er Bowl food drive. The drive provided us with several hundred pounds of needed canned goods, and student helpers to stock our shelves. What a wonderful demonstration of cooperation and community support. Read all about it in this article from the Bedford Citizen. Thanks everyone!
Here's a press release from our friends at the Bedford Rotary. They're encouraging participants to bring food donations for the Bedford Food Pantry, too!
Bedford Rotary Pay It Forward Meals for Haiti Event Sign Up is Open!
Meal Packaging Event set for April 26th at Middlesex Community College
March 15, 2014 – The Rotary Club of Bedford announced today that volunteers may begin signing up for the opportunity to help package over 100,000 meals for Haiti. The food packaging event will be held between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM on Saturday, April 26th at Middlesex Community College in Bedford. The online signup can be found at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050F4EADA92AA75-payitforward2.
At last year’s inaugural event, the town held a 2-hour, 15,000 meal packaging event on a Thursday evening. “The response was tremendous!” said immediate past President Pete Colgan. “Based on the enthusiasm for the idea, we’re significantly raising the bar this year.” The club has collected over $20,000 so far – enough to package over 100,000 meals. “With about a month to go, we are still seeking sponsorships large and small” said Linda Cargiuolo, co-chair of the event.
“To package 280,000 meals will require us to raise over $70,000 and schedule 2,300 volunteer hours during the one-day, eight-hour event,” said Cargiuolo. “It’s a daunting challenge, and we’re going to need help from everyone – school kids, senior citizens, local businesses, church groups, sports teams, town employees, and the list goes on and on. The fact that we’ll need so much help will, we hope, really bring us together as a community.”
Stop Hunger Now is the organization that will be arranging the logistics for the packaging and distribution of the food. “They do the hard work,” said Rotary President Margarita Kaliviotis, “of organizing the ingredients, packaging, and shipment of the meals. All we need to do is organize the funding, the people, and the happy energy that will be required to pull this off.”
We have several openings for pantry team members to staff the pantry one Thursday afternoon per month. Read more about the job in the Volunteer tab, then let us know that you're interested!