My weeks of working are full of fun and new experiences, but none of those moments compare to when I help out the volunteers at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church on Tuesdays. Every Tuesday, I go to the church for two hours and assist in handing out emergency food to families in need. The food is provided by the Greater Boston Food Bank, and they bring things such as eggs, milk, meats, and other produce. The people I work with are happy to be there and they joke around with each other while we are waiting for people to arrive, which makes the day much better. When I finally get to distribute the food, the people are so happy, and their appreciation for my help makes me feel as if I am accomplishing one of my goals to help people.
The Greater Boston Food Bank was started by Kip Tiernan and started in 1981, at that time they were distributing 5 million pounds of food, but since then there numbers have increased to 35 million pounds of food. That fact represents 31 years of strenuous work, and it makes me happy to be a part of that. In addition the food pantry at St Mary’s Episcopal Church began their pantry in 1991, to help those who were struggling to put food on their tables. The pantry now feeds approximately 450 families or more than 900 individuals who live in the neighborhoods of Dorchester, Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, and other surrounding neighborhoods each month.
In conclusion I am glad to be helping with helping the cause to get food to those in need, and I thank you for taking the time to read this blog.
If you would like to be a volunteer, email the food coordinator at email@example.com or call (617) 282-3181.
Or if you or someone you know is in need of food assistance, the food pantry is open each Tuesday from 9:30-11:30 at 14 Cushing Ave., Dorchester, MA, 02125. Individuals may come to the pantry once a month to receive a variety of dry, canned and perishable food. ID required and there are “income guidelines.”
For information about Food Stamps and other free and low-cost food resources, call Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline: 1-800-645-8333.