Region – This summer, the Foundation for MetroWest launched a $55,000 Summer Hunger Challenge to support its MetroWest Hunger Relief Fund. Thanks to the generosity of foundation donors and fund holders, they achieved the goal of distributing $110,000 to 51 hunger relief agencies in 30 cities and towns throughout the region, including the Hudson Community Food Pantry, Marlborough Community Cupboard, Friends of FIT in Northborough, the United Parishes of Southborough Food Pantry, and Westborough Food Pantry
“The MetroWest Hunger Relief Fund is an initiative of the foundation that we are particularly proud of,” said Mary Crowley, director of operations & programs. “As a community foundation, we have a unique opportunity to take a regional approach to supporting hunger relief in order to maximize impact. Our research shows individuals utilizing food pantries, community suppers, and other services often require more than what their hometown has the capacity to offer. By supporting organizations in 30 different cities and towns, our hope is that no matter where a MetroWest family looks for food support, they find what they need.”
To honor the important work of the grantees, all members of the MetroWest community are invited Wednesday, Oct. 7, from 4 – 5:30 p.m. at Bentley University for a panel talk, “Hunger in MetroWest”, followed by a celebration of the grantees. This event, co-sponsored by the Bentley Service-Learning Center, is open to all who are interested in learning more about the prevalence of hunger in the region and the work being done to address this need. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Jonathan White, director of the Bentley Service-Learning Center.
Panelists will include Joanne Barry, A Place to Turn; Jessica Caouette, Share Our Strength; Ashley Stanley, Lovin’ Spoonfuls; Jonathan Tetrault, The Greater Boston Food Bank; and Matthew Tobia, Mt. Calvary Community Supper.
To learn more about the event or register to attend, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/panel-talk-hunger-in-metrowest-tickets-18231870014.