Congregational Church assembles meal packages for Ukraine


Congregational Church assembles meal packages for Ukraine
Gavin Caron weighs packages during a meal package assembly event at the Congregational Church of Westborough on June 11. The packages will head to Ukraine. (Photo/Maureen Sullivan)

WESTBOROUGH – Dried apples, cinnamon and rice. Bag after bag, each carefully packaged, weighed and boxed by volunteers at the Congregational Church on June 11.

Soon, these packages will head to Ukraine to help feed families impacted by the Russian invasion.

“You’re feeding 12,500 people,” said Matthew Martin of End Hunger New England, the nonprofit that brought everything needed – from rice and apples to bags and scales.

He added that the boxed packages will be sent to Ukraine via Direct Relief, a humanitarian organization that sends food and medical assistance to areas stricken by war or natural disasters. According to Pastor Betsy Dorsi, the Congregational Church has a big mission project each year.

“It’s a beautiful community service,” said Jakub Moskal, who was assembling meal packages with his son, Mateusz. “In this country, people have this call to service.”

Volunteers included 23 members of Westborough High School’s National Honor Society.

“They posted it on the high school’s website,” said sophomore and NHS member Elena Chen, who also gave a thumbs up when asked if she was having fun.

For information about End Hunger New England, visit

The Congregational Church is at 57 West Main St. Sunday worship takes place at 10 a.m. For information on church programs and activities, visit

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