Volunteers share love – and lasagna – with Shrewsbury firefighters

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By Melanie Petrucci, Senior Community Reporter

Volunteers share love – and lasagna – with Shrewsbury firefighters
(l to r) Melissa and Lucy Baldino, Margie White, Phyllis Simas, Martha Pierson, firefighter Chris White, Nancy Coghlin, firefighter Michael Penney, Fire Captain Frank Ludovico, and Ruth McCue

Shrewsbury – Shrewsbury firefighters were feeling the love Feb. 14 when they received a gift of 18 lasagnas, courtesy of members of the local chapter of Lasagna Love.   

Lasagna Love is a nonprofit whose volunteers make and deliver the delicious comfort food to those in need, first responders, or just anyone who needs a reason to smile. Margie White, a local Lasagna Love Coordinator, commented that the lasagnas would be dispersed among the three fire stations in town and would be enough for the staff in all shifts – perhaps for a couple of days. (For more on White’s involvement, click here.)

Included were all the fixings such as Italian bread, salads and overflowing trays of cookies. 

“This is unbelievable, and we are very excited,” remarked firefighters Michael Penney and Chris White. “This is very nice and we appreciate it – and it’s a great idea too!”

When asked why the lasagna makers wanted to get involved with this project, Nancy Coghlin shared, “This was a labor of love for all that they [firefighters] do for our town. We are so grateful to have them and we always know that we can call on them when needed so it’s wonderful to be able to give back.”

The group is already making plans to share some lasagna love with the Shrewsbury Police Department next month around St. Patrick’s Day.