By Melanie Petrucci, Senior Community Reporter
Shrewsbury – Amidst uncertainty as to when restaurants in the commonwealth will be allowed to re-open due to Gov. Charlie Baker’s order prohibiting the gathering of more than 25 people and on-premises consumption of food or drink because of COVID-19, Tavern in the Square restaurants in Massachusetts including Shrewsbury, Lowell, Burlington and North Station, designated March 27 as a day when they would give care packages away to local families in need.
Individuals were lined up when the giveaway began. It was on a first come first serve basis.
“We have 50 bags full of a combination of fruit, grains, meats and milk. It’s a combination of essentials,” shared Stephanie Pepler, general manager.
She added, “It’s a Tavern in the Square initiative. We have partnered with some of our suppliers. They were also concerned about too much food and didn’t want it to go to waste.”
“This is a way to give back to the community anyway that we can because this is an uncertain time and we don’t know when we will reopen…but at the very least we have this stuff available and we wanted to get it out there,” she said.
The care packages also included rolls of toilet paper and paper towels.