By Laura Hayes, Senior Community Reporter
NORTHBOROUGH – The Northborough Food Pantry was recently honored by the Northborough Post Office for its work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Post Office specifically presented them with a framed piece of artwork of a stamp.
Last August, the USPS issued a Forever Stamp that says “Thank You” in an elegant gold script. The stamp was created by Dana Tanamachi.
“There is a renewed awareness of the need for gratitude and these elegant and joyful stamps add visual appeal to notes, cards, acts of kindness and a job well done,” Postmaster Mark Stone said during the presentation.
He continued, “The Northborough Food Pantry is deserving of a thank you for a job well done. You were there for Northborough when you were needed most.”
Stone told the Community Advocate that these stamps are available for purchase at the Northborough Post Office at 235 West Main St.
Stone said the Postal Service came up with the idea in August to find local community organizations that served their communities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I chose the Northborough Food Pantry just because food insecurity is a big thing, especially throughout the pandemic,” he said. “There were people who lost their jobs. People who didn’t have income. It was a critical service to people in need.”
This isn’t the first time the Post Office has worked with the food pantry.
Typically, in May, the National Association of Letter Carriers holds a food drive. Northborough carriers donate the food they collect to the food pantry.
Stone learned that the Northborough Food Pantry served up to 75 families a week throughout the pandemic.
“They have an amazing staff,” Stone said.
He specifically named Karen Scopetski, Vicki Killeen and Marjorie Femia, thanking them for their efforts.
“These ladies do amazing work,” Stone said.
The Food Pantry is located at 37 Pierce St. and is open on Wednesdays and Thursdays.