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ABCD Dorchester NSC & Bowdoin Street Health Center Host Holiday Harvest

photoIn collaboration with the Bowdoin Street Health Center, the Dorchester NSC will donate dozens of turkeys to some of the most vulnerable families  on Monday, November 25 between the hours of 11AM-2PM and Tuesday, November 26 from 10AM-1PM. Additionally the Holiday Harvest provides an affordable Farmer’s Market to promote healthy eating options during the holiday season. The event will take place at the Dorchester NSC, 110 Claybourne Street, Dorchester.

ABCD President/CEO John J. Drew explains, “While the economy has improved for many of us there are still too many families where unemployment or disabilities make it impossible to pay for basic needs. For most of us winter is an inconvenience, even a major inconvenience, but for those struggling, it is a time of crisis.” He added “Fuel assistance applications and food bank referrals are at an all-time high. Many people who never had to ask for help before are turning to ABCD for assistance this holiday season. We need help from the public to put a smile on a child’s face and help their family be warm and safe this winter.”

The Holiday Harvest and Turkey Distribution hosted by the ABCD Dorchester NSC will provide an opportunity for residents to receive both a turkey and shop for healthy and affordable produce. “We are grateful to collaborate with the Bowdoin Street Health Center in our annual Holiday Harvest and turkey distribution event”  explained Eric Mitchell, Operations Coordinator for the ABCD Dorchester Neighborhood Service Center. “Not only do we provide turkeys to help celebrate Thanksgiving, families also have access to affordable fresh produce. Healthy eating is a lifelong choice and the holidays are a great time to educate our community about nutritional options.” Continue reading

2013 Boston CAN Share

With the harvest fully upon us this fall, the annual Boston CAN Share has begun!  The citywide drive helps to support food pantries across the city and to support Boston Bounty Bucks, the program which helps to provide low-income families with access to healthy fresh foods by doubling their SNAP benefits at farmers’ markets. Residents of Bowdoin Geneva have much to gain through each of our support of these critical services.

As we have in years past, Bowdoin Street Health Center is helping to collect non-perishable food donations on behalf of the CAN Share.

Donated food can be placed in the marked box in the BSHC Community Health office at any time or can be contributed during the Food Day Celebration on October 24th.  We will continue to accept donations through Friday, January 3rd. Continue reading

Boston CAN Share

Welcome to the holiday season and happy “Giving Tuesday”! As we did last year, Bowdoin Street Health Center is helping to collect non-perishable food donations as part of the annual Boston CAN Share. The citywide drive helps to support food pantries across the city and to support Boston Bounty Bucks, the program which helps to provide low-income families with access to healthy fresh foods by doubling their SNAP benefits at farmers’ markets. Residents of Bowdoin Geneva have much to gain through each of our support of these critical services.

Donated food can be placed in the marked box in the BSHC Community Health office at any time or can be contributed during the Food in the ‘Hood Meeting on December 12th at 6pm.  We will continue to accept donations through Wednesday, January 2nd. Continue reading

Food Pantry at St. Mary’s

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.

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