Golfers, kids give to Westborough Food Pantry
Westborough - Competitive on the course, a group of neighbors and friends decided to put their challenges to work for the local Food Pantry.
Calling the tournament “The Gables Cup” after the neighborhood in which many of the golfers live, Tim Weckworth and Craig Nichols started what they hope will be an annual charity event for their neighborhood and members of the Westborough Country Club.
“What we wanted to do more importantly was identify a charity here in Westborough that we could basically donate money and other additional services to,” Weckworth said. “It’s more or less representing the two groups and really getting 20 great guys together for a great cause.”
To get their children involved, the golfers had them collect food for the pantry. So when the Food Pantry operators received a check for $2,000, they also received bags of food from the children, who crowded in the small facility in the Forbes Building.
Donated to the town by the Forbes family, the Forbes Building is generally dedicated to use by community groups. The Food Panty has three rooms on the bottom floor.
Patrons must prove they are Westborough residents to use the pantry, said Ginny Lindsey, who, with her husband, Harry, runs the volunteer Food Pantry. The number of people in a family determines how many bags of groceries they get. Each family can select what they need from a storeroom filled with dry goods and bread. Then they may take their share from the dairy and meat room, including eggs, ground beef and chicken. Much of the meat and dairy products are purchased through monetary donations, while canned and dry goods are often donated directly.
Ginny said the pantry is often in need of personal products like soap, toothpaste and other items.
The Gables Cup tournament was played Aug. 15, with 10 players each from the neighborhood and the golf club.
“We had five foursomes that competed against each other for the Gables Cup, and with it, a year’s worth of bragging rights among friends,” Weckworth said. “Really, all the 20 guys came together for the charity. We wanted to do our part and also get our children involved.”
Between 30 and 40 children, ranging in age from 4 to 12, participated in the food drive. They collected more than 350 pounds of food.
The Food Pantry has been handling an increasing demand, and at the end of August was helping nearly 90 families, Harry said.
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