Dracut Food Pantry is Filling Hearts with Hope
Sep 06, 2017 06:00AM
● By Juli Couture
Fall has arrived. Though the cool nights fill most of us with warm thoughts of pumpkin-spiced everything, hot cider and crockpot masterpieces, for others in our community, it brings a fear of not being able to fill their child's lunch box each day. Thankfully, there is a group of selfless volunteers who have come together in a continued effort to make certain that our friends and neighbors have hearts full of hope and cupboards full of food.
The Dracut Food Pantry
was established in 2006 by members of St. Francis Parish, St. Marguerite
D’Youville Parish and Christ Church United. A 10-person Board of Directors was then formed with volunteers from the churches as well as the within the town, and in
October of 2007, the Pantry opened their Lakeview Avenue doors and set out to immediately
to serve the community. Though the need at first started small, today they
serve over 100 local families, and it seems the number continues to grow.
Hunger is a very real crisis going on near and far. If you’d like to make a difference in our community, the Dracut Food Pantry offers many ways you can help. First and foremost, you can stay informed of events, drives and critical need items by liking them on Facebook and visiting their webpage and signing up for their newsletter. There is also a need for additional volunteers to work at the pantry. From assisting members while they shop to stocking shelves, there are plenty of ways volunteers can lend a hand at the Pantry to keep it running smoothly. You can also simply make a donation. Monetary donations are more than welcome and can be mailed directly to the Dracut Food Pantry at 1934 Lakeview Ave., # 11. Of course, non-perishable food donations are also always needed and can be dropped off inside the Dracut Fire Station on Pleasant Street, the Parker Memorial Library on Arlington Street and the Dracut Water Supply District offices on Hopkins Street. You can also organize a food drive through your place of business, church or in your own neighborhood. The Pantry suggests calling or emailing them when you are organizing your drive so they can assist by make arrangements for pick up or drop off of the goods.
Though the committee and the volunteers work tirelessly to bring relief to those in need, they give the credit of their success to local businesses, organizations, schools, volunteer-led food drives and the citizens of Dracut. Thanks to these wonderful people, the Pantry is celebrating their 10th year of service! To celebrate and offer their thanks to those who have kept their mission going, the Board of Directors will be holding an open house at the Pantry on Tuesday, September 26th from 5-7. This is a great opportunity to come and thank these incredible men and women for all they have done for our neighbors as well as make a donation in person.
Please consider doing what you can to help this wonderful organization in their goal to make sure there are no empty cupboards or lunchboxes in our community. Together we can end the hunger occurring in our own backyards.
Dracut Food Pantry
Beaver Brook Village
1934 Lakeview Ave., Ste. 11
Dracut, MA 01826-3265
Email: [email protected]
Email to sign up to volunteer: [email protected]