MVFB Announces Neighborhood Food Drive

Together with the Mayor of Lowell, Patrick Ó. Murphy, the Lowell City Council and the office of Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, the Merrimack Valley Food Bank invites local media representatives to participate in the formal kick off of the “Pantry Raid.”

There are several groups and businesses involved in the event this season, including the Global War Veterans. Teams of volunteers will distribute empty paper bags are residences in Lowell, Dracut, Chelmsford and Groton from March 17 – 22, 2012. Residents are asked to place non-perishable food items in the bags and place the bags on their doorsteps before 9:00am on Saturday, March 24. Volunteers will pick up the full bags between 9a.m. and 1 p.m. Other locations will serve as donation drop off points, including the Lowell Mayor’s office, the Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce, Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union branches in Dracut and more.

For more information about the press conference, and to confirm attendance, please call Debbie Callery at (978) 454-7272  or e-mail by March 5, 2012.

The Food Bank supplies food to local pantries, shelters, soup kitchens, day and residential programs who in turn distribute it to families needing food assistance in Lowell, Dracut, Tyngsboro, Chelmsford, Tewksbury and Westford.

Think Spring!!!

Annual Spring Neighborhood Food Drive!
March 17th – March 24, 2012

• Please place canned and dry non-perishables or supplemental items in this bag.
• Place it in a visible location outside your home by 9:00AM on Saturday, 3-24-12.
Volunteers will be in your neighborhood between 9:00 a.m. and Noon.
• If your bag is not picked up by Noon on Saturday, 3-24-12 please call the food bank at 978-454-7272 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 978-454-7272 end_of_the_skype_highlighting and we will send someone to get it!

Most Needed/Wanted Items

Canned Vegetables/Fruit Pasta Sauces
Canned Meat/Tuna Peanut Butter & Jelly
Shelf Stable Milk (white or chocolate) Pasta Sauce/Rice/Beans/Boxed Potatoes
Breakfast Cereal (hot & cold) Beverages – Coffee, Tea, Juice Boxes
Canned Soups, Chili, Ravioli Baked Goods – Staples Sugar, Flour

Please NO glass jars or bottles No Perishable items (meat, dairy or produce)

How can you make a difference?
The Merrimack Valley Food Bank receives food donations from food companies but the majority of non-perishable food and supplemental items come directly from individuals like you. We received 69,000 pounds of non-perishable food items from food drives hosted on our behalf in 2011!

The Merrimack Valley Food Bank is a non-profit organization that distributes food to 80 programs that include the soup kitchens, shelters & food pantries in 30 cities and towns in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. We provide food for 55,000 individuals per month. The majority of our agencies are experiencing 45-50% increase in individuals and families served. Our mission is to help meet a person’s most profound need for adequate nutrition and freedom from hunger.

Thank You For Helping US…..Help OTHERS!

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