Northborough – For many years now, a Community Meal has been served on Wednesday evenings at the Trinity Church, offering not only a delicious hot meal but also a way for community members to enjoy the company of others. About 10 different local church and civic organizations take turns preparing and serving the meal. But when the pandemic struck, those meals stopped.
Knowing how important this meal was to so many, in June, a group of women from the Northboro Junior Woman’s Club (NJWC), the Northborough Food Pantry, Northborough Helping Hands, Community Meals and Northborough Family and Youth Services “decided it was time to provide some hot food and some curbside cheer,” according to NJWC member Mary Ellen Duggan.
The groups reached out to local food establishments to “help us with this endeavor by providing a low cost (very low cost $5) to-go meal,” she said.
Meals are served every Wednesday in the Trinity Church parking lot from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Volunteers sign up to provide dessert, water and help serve the meals.
“The Northborough businesses that have helped us or committed to helping us in this endeavor to curb hunger are: Mooyah, Texas BBQ, Northboro House of Pizza, Monti’s Pizza, Kate’s Catering, Lowes Meat and Variety, Sir Loin’s Catering, Hillside Grill, Davidian’s Farm, Pickle Haus Deli and Wegmans: as well as Stevie’s Back Road Cafe and Catering in Hudson, Subway Marlborough West and Buffet Way in Marlborough,” she added.
Financial support has been provided by: St. Rose of Lima, St. Bernadette, Trinity Church, Church of Nativity, Universalist Unitarian Church, Lion’s Club, Rotary Club, Knights of Columbus, Northboro Junior Woman’s Club and Congregation B’nai Shalom, Northborough Food Pantry, Northborough Helping Hands and a grant from the American Baptist Home Mission Society.
“We feel that it will be necessary continue curbside pickup at least through the end of the year so if anyone would like to contribute to Community Meals, they can send checks to Helping Hands, P. O. Box 383, Northboro, MA 01532 with ‘Community Meals’ in the memo line of the check,” Duggan said.