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The Council of Social Concern's Food Pantry is getting ready for its Annual Holiday Food Basket Distribution for families in need who reside in Woburn or Winchester. Last year, the pantry distributed over 800 Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets to local families.

If you know of any families in need, please refer them to the attached flyer, so they can sign up for a Thanksgiving basket. The form also explains how to request a Christmas basket, which is being done differently this year than for the Thanksgiving basket.

There are also a number of ways individuals in the community can donate or volunteer to help with this food basket project. To learn about all of the opportunities, click here.

Letter Carrier Food Drive for the Pantry!

From date: 
Sat, 11/03/2012 (All day)
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Help the Council of Social Concern keep their food pantry stocked for families in need!

Saturday, November 3, put out your non-perishable food donations (within date and preferably not in glass jars) before your mail is delievered. Your letter carrier will collect your donations and bring them to our food pantry. 

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Once again, the Council of Social Concern is participating in the annual Letter Carrier Food Drive to help keep the shelves stocked at the Pantry. Your genorisity on Saturday, November 3 can truly make a difference for the numerous families in our community who are in need every day. 

Letter from Karen Colatrella:

Since the recession began, Council of Social Concern’s Food Pantry has seen a dramatic increase in the number of households we are serving, and the situation shows no signs of improving.  As a result, we are going through food at an alarming rate, and keeping our shelves stocked for our “neighbors in need” is a real challenge.

Once again, the Letter Carriers of the Woburn Post Office are coming to the rescue.  Although they have suffered their own cutbacks and are facing an uncertain future, these dedicated men and women are still conducting their annual Henry Shaughnessy Memorial Holiday Food Drive to benefit our Food Pantry.  Henry wore the uniform of a U. S. Postal worker for 50 years and was an inspiration to his fellow Letter Carriers in the way he performed his job with pride, commitment and compassion for the residents on his route. 

I cannot overemphasize the importance of the Postal Food Drives to our community – the National one held in the spring and this additional one that Woburn conducts in the fall.  These food drives make it possible for us to keep our shelves stocked for the local children, elderly, disabled, physically and mentally impaired, unemployed, underemployed and despairing that rely on us being here to help.

Deadline for Thanksgiving Food Basket from CSC

From date: 
Fri, 11/02/2012 (All day)
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If you would like to receive a Thanksgiving food basket this year, please fill out the attached form and return it to the Council of Social Concern by November 2nd! These baskets are only for families in Woburn or Winchester. For more information, call the Council of Social Concern at (781) 935-6495.

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As always, this Sunday, September 16 from 10:00am-2:00pm, the farmer’s market at Spence Farm will be in full swing. Lyn-Dell Farm will be selling their fantastic grilled hamburgers and sausages and will have raffles of various items with all proceeds going to the Council of Social Concern. There will also be a collection of canned goods and non-perishable food items for the food pantry at the Council of Social Concern. On Saturday, September 15, there are two big happenings at Spence Farm that you should know about! 

Farmer's Market!

From date: 
Sun, 09/16/2012 - 10:00am
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Please join the Woburn Farmer's Market, Lyn-Dell Farm, and Our Market vendors as they support the Council of Social Concern's Food Pantry. Proceeds from raffles will go to the Council of Social Concern. Canned goods and other non-perishable food items will be collected for those in need.

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Despite reports of our improving economy, we do not see evidence of that at the Council of Social Concern Food Pantry.  In fact, the number of households served in the fiscal year just ended surpassed the previous year by 10%.
 
Summer poses a special challenge for many of the families who rely on our Food Pantry to help them make ends meet.  Children who receive free or reduced breakfast and lunch in school are now home for three meals a day.  This places an additional financial burden on those who are already struggling to put food on the table.