By Melanie Petrucci, Senior Community Reporter
Shrewsbury – It must be getting close to Thanksgiving when the Stop & Shop Turkey Express pulls into town to make their annual delivery of donated turkeys to the Worcester County Food Bank (WCFB.) On Nov. 7, Stop & Shop District Director Tom Mormino and several regional managers delivered 1,000 turkeys to the WCFB, located at 474 Boston Turnpike in Shrewsbury.
“It’s an annual event, we donate thousands of birds and this food bank is getting 1,000. It’s an event that is near and dear to our hearts. We contribute tremendous amounts of food to food banks throughout the year and this one just happens to be at Thanksgiving. It ties in with our ‘Food with Friends Food Drive,’ that is coming up,” explained Mormino.
“Stop & Shop has been a long-time loyal and generous donor,” said Jean McMurray, WCFB Executive Director. “Stop & Shop understands that hunger is a year round challenge for so many of our neighbors.”
The WCFB distributes food (fresh produce, dairy, perishable and non-perishable products) to 118 food pantries, meal programs and shelters. It serves as a centralized hub for receiving donated food and then distributing it to those in need throughout Worcester County. The food bank distributes enough food on a weekly basis that will provide 104,000 meals. That amounted to 6.5 million pounds of food last year.
“We’ve partnered with food banks throughout the year and have built a very good relationship to make the process efficient with less food waste and the products go to those who really need it,” Mormino added.
McMurray said that they need food donations all year long, not just at this time of year. Their focus is on quality a much as it is on quantity. She emphasized the need for good quality heathy foods that are low on sodium and sugar content.
For more information about the WCFB visit https://foodbank.org