Worcester County Food Bank Gets Boost From Project Bread

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The Walk for Hunger raised funds for Massachusetts food pantries, including ones in Auburn and Shrewsbury. Photo Credit: Project Bread

AUBURN, Mass. — Anti-hunger organization Project Bread has awarded $148,400 to Central Massachusetts organizations, including the Auburn Youth and Family Services Food Pantry in Auburn, the Worcester County Food Bank in Shrewsbury and the Community Harvest Project in Grafton.

“We have recently experienced a 16 percent increase in need at our pantry," said Sally D’Arcangelo, director of the Auburn pantry. "The funds we receive from Project Bread will assist in purchasing additional items that we can’t always get at the food bank: things like baby food, formula, and dairy products. We’re extremely grateful for the funding from Project Bread, which allows us to stay open. I don’t know what we would do without their support.”

The Worcester County Food Bank, based in Shrewsbury, distributes donated food and grocery projects to food banks in over 60 communities in Central Mass., including the Auburn pantry. The Community Harvest Project, a volunteer-run farm in Grafton, grows produce solely for the Worcester County Food Bank's clients.

The funds were raised by 43,000 supporters of the 44th annual Walk for Hunger in Boston. Statewide, Project Bread’s Walk for Hunger is funding over 430 food programs in 125 communities.

"As we begin to think about the holidays, it’s essential to remember those who are struggling to put food on the table for their families," said Ellen Parker, executive director of Project Bread. "We owe them as great a measure of relief as possible to get through these difficult times.”

For more information, go to www.projectbread.org.

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Often, the pantry at Auburn Youth and Family services runs empty as of late. There was an emergency donations request made via local churches because shortly before thanksgiving, the pantry completely ran out of food.

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