Marlborough Rotarians supply holiday food for neighbors in need


By Dakota Antelman, Contributing Writer

A Marlborough Rotary Club member places food into a kit to be sent out to a local family. Photo/Dakota Antelman

Marlborough – While many finished their last minute Christmas shopping Dec. 21, members of the Marlborough Rotary Club gathered at the Market Basket store in Hudson to pack 32 “kits” with food for city families unable to afford it this holiday season.

A now annual tradition for the club, members, their friends and family set up shop in the store’s cafe area Dec. 21 and quickly distributed everything from celery to potatoes to turkeys among rows of boxes. From there, the club shipped the boxes out to families.

“We really want to do this at a time of year for the people who don’t have the means to feed themselves,” said Marlborough Rotary Club president-elect Darlene Trainor of the event. “‘Service above self’ is what the Rotary Club is all about.”

The crates of food used for the event came exclusively from Market Basket shelves, paid for exclusively from a charity account that the club maintains and refills throughout their year through various fundraising events.

With Trainor noting her gratefulness towards Market Basket for working with the club to not only provide the food for the event, but also for hosting it, local Market Basket assistant store manager Tim Belleza said he’s happy to be involved in the process.

“It’s good for the people who are doing it and it’s a great cause giving food to families who wouldn’t have it,” he said.

Photos/Dakota Antelman

A volunteer at the Rotary Club event helps stock kits to be sent out to local families.
A volunteer at the Rotary Club event helps shuttle food towards kits to be sent out to local families.