Food Pantry thanks its volunteers

IMG_6147Our food pantries feed a lot of folks, all year round.

We had nearly 130,000 client visits last year. That’s a lot of food, and a lot of people. Week after week, it’s our volunteers who make it all possible.

The Boston Food Pantry thanked some of those volunteers on Sat., Oct. 19 with an informal BBQ. It was just a small way to say thanks to those who help us stop hunger. IMG_6151



Interns spend a day at the food pantry

A fun shot of the Food Pantry staff

A fun shot of the Food Pantry staff

Our high school interns yesterday got a first hand look at what it takes to run a food pantry – and for Communications intern Rautchy Polanco, the experience was a memorable one. Read his account below:

Yesterday I had the opportunity to be involved in a food pantry, as a Red Cross volunteer, to distribute food to the people in our community. The experience working with people as a team was great and fantastic. We made many people smile and they thanked us. We also got to meet other volunteers from another group called the Food Project and the Food Bank.

I would love to be involved in something like this again: everyone works together so well, like a family. All the volunteers had a great time, and some of them had volunteered plenty of times before at the food pantry. They agreed that the experience is always amazing and fun, as you work to make families happy.

Team Red Cross runner takes the lead in fundraising

From left, Sharon Roop and Deb Spirio

From left, Sharon Roop and Deb Spirio

Deb Spirio is on a roll.

The Team Red Cross marathon runner’s first fundraiser at the Neiman Marcus Special Jewels department was a big success and brought in $845. And her second bake sale proved to be another hit, totaling $650!

Spirio has pulled in at least $1,500 from these two fundraisers alone  – funds that will benefit the Red Cross Food Pantry. You can help her raise more by clicking here.

Great work, Deb!

Closing out 2012 with a good deed

Food pantryFor their first time ever, students from the Red Cross Club at Sharon High School volunteered at our food pantry on December 29.

They reported having a great time, and club Co-President, Peter Hu, said he thought it was a great experience.

What a great way to end 2012! Thanks for your support, Sharon High Red Cross Club!

Help the Hungry and DANCE!

On January 12, 2013 the Great Hall of the Massachusetts State House will be transformed into the American Red Cross Youth Winter Dance. The event, which lasts from 6-10 p.m., is being organized by the Youth Advisory Board of the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts, and is sponsored at the State House by Rep. Kathi-Anne Reinstein, D-Revere.

Youth ranging from ages  14 – 18 can purchase tickets for $12.00 by calling the American Red Cross at 617-274-5321 or by visiting Eventbrite. All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Food and Nutrition Programs at the Red Cross, which serves more than 125,000 individuals at its Eastern Massachusetts locations yearly.

Canned goods for our Boston Food Pantry will be accepted at the door the night of the event. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Dance your heart out, meet new people and help your community all at once! We hope to see you there!

Winter Dance

Red Cross Clubs Boost Holiday Spirit for Troops

 With the holidays fast approaching, local American Red Cross youth have been providing ways to show their support to troops by sending a little something to signify their appreciation. Students involved in The Red Cross Club at North Reading High School are currently participating in their own Care Package Drive to collect holiday stocking stuffers that will be sent to deployed service members stationed in Afghanistan. They have received enough supplies to fill more than 500 stockings already. Items such as non-perishable snacks, toiletries, batteries and DVDs are among the list of suggested donations that can be left in various donation boxes the group has placed at CVS, Walmart and the post office in their town.

Another Red Cross Club located at the Learning Academy in Peabody has contributed to the Holiday Mail for Heroes program by collecting a total of 3,600 signed holiday cards thus far. The cards will be distributed to troops overseas as well as veterans across the country. In addition, this club successfully helped feed 2,247 families at the Red Cross Food Pantry on November 14th. We cannot thank both organizations enough for their boundless efforts!

Turkeys! Turkeys! Turkeys!

Over the course of three days, 214 volunteers and staff distributed about 175K pounds of food to almost 3000 families in the Red Cross Boston Food Pantry for Thanksgiving distribution, including about 12,000 bags of food and 2700 turkeys. About 825 of the families served had children in them.

On Saturday, 11/17/12 the pantry served a record number of 1440 families in the course of three hours.

Above, volunteers and staff who helped hand out all that food!

From our extended family of volunteers, donors and staff, Happy Thanksgiving!

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