Hunger in the News

2013 Lawrence Summer Meals Schedule
06/27/2013 - 5:05pm

The schedule and locations for the Lawrence Public Schools Summer Meals Program has been released. The program provides free breakfast and lunch to youth age 18 and under who qualify. English and spanish translation included. Click on the link below to view flyer.


National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive
05/06/2013 - 6:36pm

The National Association of Letter Carriers will conduct its 21st annual food drive to combat hunger on Saturday, May 11. Letter carriers will collect non-perishable food donations on that day as they deliver mail along their postal routes.

To help the effort, ECCF and EBSCO Publishing Company have partnered to purchase ‘Stamp Out Hunger’ bags that will be delivered to residents this week in participating towns. The bags have been proven to increase donations by up to 80%!

North Shore Hunger Network Goes to Washington, D.C.
05/22/2012 - 11:01am
Report from NSHN representatives

Washington DC- With thanks to the Essex County Community Foundation, 5 representatives from three local organizations in the North Shore Hunger Network were able to add their voices to the 700 antipolicy advocates that descended on Washington D.C. in late February to attend the Food Research and Action Center’s (FRAC) Anti-Hunger Policy Conference. The Three days were jam-packed with workshops including such topics as “Best Practices of SNAP (Food Stamp) Outreach” , “Making Summer Meals Happen”, " Keeping Hunger in the Public Eye", "Child Nutrition and Wellness", and "Strategic Partnerships and Coalitions for Effective Advocacy". The five North Shore advocates were busy learning and neworking from morning till night, until day three culminated in visits to their local representatives’ offices Senator Scott Brown, Senator John Kerry, and Congressman John Tierney.

National Letter Carriers' Food Drive, Saturday, May 12
05/02/2012 - 5:21pm

ECCF and EBSCO Publishing Partner to Support the U.S. Letter Carriers' Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive
Each year on the second Saturday of May, mail carriers across the country volunteer their time to collect food donations for the food pantries and soup kitchens in their communities. In 2011, this national drive provided 70.2 million pounds of food to help feed hungry families throughout the country. Celebrating its 20th year, the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive collects food at a crucial time of year- stocking pantry shelves with nonperishable food items for the summer months ahead.

Beverly Bootstraps and other food banks find innovative ways to fill pantries
02/28/2012 - 11:55am
By Katie Thompson, Gordon College News Service, Globe Staff

Kathy Kirlis knows about the economics behind supply and demand. As food pantry supervisor at Beverly Bootstraps Community Services Inc., she has learned that supply should ideally exceed demand, but too often lately the organization has found itself on the wrong side of that equation. In 2010, for instance, Beverly Bootstraps distributed 20,529 bags of food at its pantry on Cabot Street. That amounted to approximately 140,000 pounds of food. But in 2011, they distributed 23,253 bags of food weighing 120,000 pounds. That’s 2,724 more bags distributed with 20,000 fewer pounds of food available.

Endicott College's 'Halloween for the Hungry' helps Beverly food pantry, others
10/27/2011 - 2:00am
By Rachel Bell, Gordon College News Service, Globe Staff

BEVERLY, Mass — The Halloween schedule at Endicott College has the usual pumpkin painting, costume parties, haunted castle tour and ghost stories with the college president. But it also includes a week-long food drive called Halloween for the Hungry.

“We don’t get a pouring out of food,” said Lauri Rawls, 44, director of community service at Endicott who has worked at the College for almost four years. “But we received a good amount last year.”

Summer Meals
08/01/2011 - 11:30am

Free meals for kids are offered through The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) at locations throughout Massachusetts.

Visit Projects Bread's map site, to see locations of summer meal sites by town.

National Association of Letter Carriers’ Food Drive Saturday, May 14th
05/05/2011 - 12:00pm

The annual food drive organized by the National Association of Letter Carriers is set to take place on Saturday, May 14th. Participating post office branches encourage residents to leave a bag of non-perishable, non-expired food items by their post box prior to their normal mail delivery time on Saturday the 14th.

This food drive has become one of the most important food drives of the year for food pantries and soup kitchens to stock their shelves for the early summer months. Please support your local food pantry by participating in this national event and thank your letter carrier for helping alleviate hunger in the community.

Soup's On fundraiser set for Saturday
03/29/2011 - 2:00am
The Eagle Tribune

Students from Esperanza Academy in Lawrence, will make and serve appetizers, including stuffed mushrooms, empanadas, spinach-stuffed phyllo triangles, bacon-wrapped scallops, mini pizzas, and more. Dana Wilson, chef of Loretta in Newburyport, has been teaching the girls basic food preparation for four years. Esperanza is a middle school for girls in fifth through eighth grades. Soup's On guests will be able to select a handcrafted pottery bowl from a variety donated by New England artists, including Beth Kiker, Sheila Corbitt, and Nancy Cahan, all from Andover, Essex Art Center, in Lawrence, Methuen High School students and Mary Lee Moynihan in Methuen. Neighbors in Need provides food to over 500 families through 11 weekly food pantries in Lawrence and Methuen. Admission to Soup's On is $50 per person. For reservations or more information contact Linda Zimmerman at 978-771-2353.

Food pantries face new challenges — and come together
03/01/2011 - 12:55pm
Gloucester Daily Times
By Jesse Poole - Gordon College News Service

A food pantry that serves Manchester and Essex families may be losing some storage room and workspace but not its spirit of serving the North Shore community.

The South Hamilton home of Acord Food Pantry of South Hamilton was sold to Harbor Light Community Partners of Beverly after the death of the former owner. Harbor Light plans to install four affordable apartments, one of which will be handicapped accessible.

School lunches to be put on a diet
02/03/2011 - 3:00pm
Haverhill Gazette
By Tony McCarthy

What's on the plate of Superintendent James Scully and first lady Michelle Obama?

Your children's food. In light of reforms proposed by the USDA and a heavily publicized healthy-foods campaign by Mrs. Obama, Scully said he wants to take a closer look at meals offered to students throughout the district to ensure they're in line with national suggestions that soon enough will become mandates.


Teen feeds hundreds with Food for Friends
02/03/2011 - 1:00pm
Haverhill Gazette
By Ross Marrinson

On Saturday morning, when some kids her age were sleeping, playing video games or going to the mall, Pike School eighth-grader Victoria Skrivanos was cooking and serving a meal at the Holy Apostles Saints Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church in downtown Haverhill as part of Food for Friends, the nonprofit organization she founded in October 2009.

Victoria, 14, who lives in Andover with her parents, Lorna and Konstantino, and brother Niko, said she began Food for Friends because it combined two of her favorite activities.

Groundwork Lawrence’s Share-a-Share Program:
01/14/2011 - 1:57pm

Help us extend the harvest to the hungry!

Pantries find need still on the rise
01/01/2011 - 3:00am
The Salem News
By Jesse Roman

Although economists and politicians keep searching for signs of economic progress, local charities report that people on the North Shore are more needy than ever — and keeping up with that demand is getting harder.

Food Bank CEO has appetite for expansion
12/31/2010 - 3:00am
Boston Business Journal
By Mary Moore

The Greater Boston Food Bank warehouse sits on the side of the southbound Expressway just outside downtown and, in its looming presence, is a statement about who Catherine D’Amato is in the food bank industry.

Salem neighbors hold food drive
12/15/2010 - 3:00am
The Salem News
By Tom Dalton

SALEM — The Federal Street Neighborhood Association, one of the city's oldest and most active community organizations, is holding its first food drive.

Borrowing from the model used by postal workers, the group will go door to door Saturday collecting nonperishable items that residents leave in bags by their front doors.

"I just thought it would be nice," said Jane Arlander, a Federal Street board member and food drive organizer. "I thought we could collect a lot of stuff for the food pantry for winter when people need it most."

Use of food stamps grows
12/13/2010 - 3:00am
The Daily News
By Alex Marciello

Food stamp use soars

Collecting an overlooked bounty
11/24/2010 - 3:00am
The Boston Globe
By Lisa Zwirn

Lovin’ Spoonfuls brings perishable foods to hunger agencies

Police ask residents to fill a cruiser for food pantry
11/10/2010 - 3:00am
The Daily News
By Dave Rogers

When it comes to the common police phrase "to serve and protect," it can seem the meaning of "to serve" isn't fully understood. To get a better idea what it means, however, all you have to do is participate in the Amesbury Police Department's "Fill a Cruiser with Food" drive. The annual food drive is being held on Saturday, Nov. 20, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., outside the Macy Street Stop & Shop. Food collected at the drive will stock shelves and provide meals at Our Neighbors' Table, Amesbury's food pantry, throughout winter and into spring.

Scouts collecting food for pantry on Nov. 13
10/28/2010 - 2:00am
The Daily News

AMESBURY — Since 1910, the Boy Scouts of America have called upon the boys and young men of this country to help their local communities. Scouts learn about local forms of government, honor those in the armed services and help the community when there is a need.

Celebrating 25 years of helping others
10/21/2010 - 2:00am
The Salem News

PEABODY — Haven From Hunger, a food pantry and soup kitchen in Peabody, celebrated its 25th anniversary on Sunday with a dinner for supporters, volunteers and staff at Pellana restaurant in Peabody. Haven serves more than 1,000 local families a month with free meals and groceries, under the stewardship of Executive Director Trudy MacIntyre. Haven was started in 1985 as a soup kitchen serving a meal two nights a week at the United Methodist Church of Peabody. It moved to its current location on Wallis Street after a fire at the church.

City signs on to help bridge gaps to healthier neighborhoods
09/17/2010 - 2:00am
The Boston Globe
Stephen Smith

In Boston, it is a time of the signs.

On three dozen roadway billboards and almost a score of T placards, some of the most defining digits in our lives — ZIP codes — started sprouting this week. The message, scheduled to be formally unveiled today, is subtle but powerful: Where you live matters when it comes to health.

Eat an Apple (Doctor’s Orders)
08/12/2010 - 2:00am
The New York Times
By Natasha Singer

Cultivating Healthy Living
07/24/2010 - 2:00am

New gardens at Peabody shelter offer nutrition, education

Salem News
By Matthew K. Roy Staff writer

PEABODY — The modest garden behind a parking lot in downtown Peabody is, admittedly, not yet what it will be. "It wasn't planted at an ideal time so the quality of the plants aren't all that wonderful," said Betsy Leeman, Citizens for Adequate Housing's director of development.

The Greening of Lawrence
07/22/2010 - 2:00am
Globe North
by David Rattigan


A little more than a year ago, the land behind La Fruiteria warehouse on Manchester Street in Lawrence was a brownfield site. Now it’s a playground.

"It's perfect," said Glenny Lara, 30, a resident of the nearby Arlington neighborhood who brings her young daughters to the park three times a week. "I can come here and bring my kids and enjoy it, instead of staying indoors."...

Salem Food Pantry Moving Across River
07/15/2010 - 12:54pm

The Salem News
by Tony Dalton

SALEM — St. Joseph's Food Pantry, one of the largest free food distribution programs on the North Shore, is moving out of a Catholic church in the heart of the downtown and into an old manufacturing building across the North River.

The move will sever the pantry's last symbolic tie with the Catholic Church and locate it about a mile from the low-income parish neighborhood where it began. Read article...

My View: Hunger doesn't take a summer vacation
06/26/2010 - 2:00am

by Fred Berry

Schools across the North Shore have closed the books on another year.

For many children, it is the most wonderful time of the year, filled with vacations, camps, barbecues and family outings. Unfortunately for a growing number of other children, however, it is a time when they face going hungry.

Food Pantry opens at Boxford's First Church Congregational
06/22/2010 - 4:59pm
By Brendan Lewis/
Posted Jun 22, 2010 @ 08:51 AM

First Church Congregational Boxford is pleased to announce the opening of their Food Pantry.

Locals asked to help Stamp Out Hunger
05/06/2010 - 2:00am

The Salem News
by Sylvia Rosen

Yesterday, you may have noticed a little something extra in your mailbox. Letter carriers dropped off postcard reminders and plastic bags encouraging residents to participate in this year's Stamp Out Hunger food drive.

Haverhill Letter Carrier's Annual Food Drive May 8th to Benefit City Pantries
04/30/2010 - 2:00am

Press Release

The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will conduct the nation’s largest food drive on Saturday, May 8. On that day, letter carriers will collect non-perishable donations from homes as they deliver mail along their postal routes.

The 18th annual NALC National Food Drive to “Stamp Out Hunger” is the largest one-day food drive in the nation. Carriers will collect a more than 70 million pounds of food in over 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states. Donations will be picked up by more than 1,400 local post office branches including Haverhill and delivered to food banks, pantries and shelters.

Volunteer drivers at heart of program
04/23/2010 - 2:00am

The Salem News
By Sylvia Rosen, Correspondent

IPSWICH — At 9 in the morning, you can find Joyce Burrier waiting by the door at Whittier Manor on Caroline Avenue. She is there to unload packages of nutritious meals that will make their way into homes all over Ipswich. The meals are for SeniorCare's lunch program, Meals on Wheels.
It's a program that is making a difference for a lot of older people in town.
"Meals on Wheels gives people a chance to live independently," Burrier said. "We have a man that is 101 years old and living by himself, because he can — because we help feed him." Read more...

Farmers Market moving, expanding hours
04/13/2010 - 2:00am

The Gloucester Times
By Sophie Hagberg

The Cape Ann Farmers Market will undergo several changes this season, adding terminals to provide access for those on assistance programs, shifting its location, and expanding its hours and the Backyard Gardeners Program.
Market manager Nicole Bogin said a grant from the state has enabled the market to input Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) terminals.These stations will allow vendors to process vouchers from senior citizens and from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the new name for food stamps. Read more...

Animal welfare group CoPAL helps families feed pets
04/01/2010 - 2:00am

Andover Townsman
Andover, MA

The Coalition to Protect Animals Locally, a non-profit, local organization whose mission is to support animals, has been donating pet food to organizations like Neighbors in Need, which operates seven food pantries in the Merrimack Valley and feeds over 500 families a week. After being contacted by Andover's Linda Zimmerman, executive director of NIN, and told that CoPAL's prior two pet food donations were almost all gone, volunteers from CoPAL loaded up their minivan and on March 24 contributed more than another 600 pounds of pet food. Read More...

Will Eat for Cause: Local Nonprofits Head to the Kitchen with New Fundrasing Efforts
02/02/2010 - 3:00am

Gordon College News Services
By Maggie Roth

They’re sharpening knives, grabbing aprons, and cooking up a storm, not for some culinary prize but for a good cause.
On Monday, February 8th, Beverly area chefs will show their stuff in the first annual Bootstraps Best Chef Competition. Sponsored by Beverly Bootstraps Community Services, a nonprofit organization in Beverly, MA, that seeks to give “a hand up, not a hand out,” the unique event began as an idea from an intern and has grown into a cook off involving four local, chef-owned restaurants competing against one another, taking the majority of their ingredients from the Bootstraps pantry and hoping their creations will win the flavor-favors of prominent local judges (including Mayor Bill Scanlon of Beverly, CEO Ken Hanover of Beverly Hospital, and cookbook author Anna Kasabian of Manchester). Read more...

Families Struggle to Afford Food, Survey Finds
01/26/2010 - 3:00am

New York Times
by Jason DeParle

WASHINGTON — Nearly one in five Americans said they lacked the money to buy the food they needed at some point in the last year, according to a survey co-sponsored by the Gallup organization and released Tuesday by an anti-hunger group.

The numbers soared at the start of the recession, but dipped in 2009 despite the continuing rise in unemployment. The anti-hunger group, the Food Research and Action Center, attributed that trend to falling food prices, an increasing use of food stamps and a rise in the amount of the food stamps benefit.

More than 38 million Americans — one in eight — now receive food stamps, a record high. Read more...

A new tool helps fight stubborn foe
01/21/2010 - 3:00am

Boston Globe
by Joel Brown, Globe Correspondent

Hunger is on the rise in Essex County, and so is the urge to help.

The new Essex County Hunger Relief website,, connects those in need with local food pantries, and shows donors and volunteers places where they can contribute.

Area antihunger organizations “are all seeing this huge increase in need,’’ said Julie Bishop, vice president for grants and services at the Essex County Community Foundation, the Danvers-based organization that created the site. “People who had been donors are coming to be clients.’’

The easy-to-use site puts information about the area’s 60 sources of food assistance in one place. The Find Food page provides the location of the nearest food pantry, as well as such information as hours and residency requirements. Read more...

Salem Pantry now open twice a month
01/06/2010 - 3:00am

The Salem News
By Tom Dalton
Staff writer

SALEM — The Salem Pantry, one of the city's longest-operating food pantries, has expanded its service from once to twice a month. The pantry traditionally has been open on the last Saturday of every month. Beginning this weekend, it will also be open on the second Saturday.

"We have been talking about expanding our commitment to the community, and that is really what we wanted to do," said Elizabeth Black, the pantry director.

The move was triggered, in part, by the difficult economic times, the director said.

"We've noticed a lot of new people, fresh faces coming through, especially over the last year," she said.

The pantry, which is open from 9:30 to 11 a.m., is at 211 Bridge St. inside The First Universalist Society of Salem. Read more...

Community Action Inc. says Amesbury aid fund is empty
01/02/2010 - 3:00am

The Daily News
By Liz King
Staff Writer

AMESBURY — The number of homeless people forced to live in motel rooms, shelters and even in their cars is reaching levels so high that service agencies can't keep up.

For 25 years, Community Action Inc. has helped hundreds of local families with rent, mortgage and utility assistance. But the Amesbury center's homeless aid fund, which is made up of private donations from the community and corporations, has been emptied, said Elaine Miller, director of Community Services at the Haverhill-based CAI.

"Our Amesbury homeless aid fund has been depleted for the first time in about 10 years," Miller said. "It's difficult to keep up with demand, and we expect things will be the same in 2010 — we haven't seen change in the economy, and the forecast isn't looking bright."


Amesbury Center in need of pantry food
12/23/2009 - 3:00am

The Daily News

To the editor:

We wish to extend our deepest appreciation to all who've supported Community Action Inc.'s Amesbury Center during a particularly difficult 2009. Donations of food, clothing and cash have allowed our staff to keep pace with the growing needs among local families coping with a very stubborn economy, rising housing costs and joblessness. Unemployment across the region has doubled over the same period last year, forcing many moderate-income families to turn to us for help for the very first time. Without individual giving, foundation support, corporate donations and the support of local parishes and civic groups, we would be unable to meet every need.

Retirement a Huge Loss: Food pantry director hosts last holiday dinner
12/17/2009 - 3:00am

The Daily News
By Lynne Hendricks
staff writer

AMESBURY — Last night, Rosemary Werner looked out upon the sea of volunteers serving the annual holiday meal at Our Neighbors' Table and felt a mixture of sadness and joy to see so many smiling faces arriving to minister to those struggling through the holiday season.

As she tended to the details for what would be her last official holiday dinner as director of ONT — with temperatures hovering in the 20s and the wind whipping across the church lawn — Werner was feeling grateful to have steaming hot cups of coffee to deliver to people lined up in the cold for holiday assistance. Read more...

Needs for giving time, money or goods greater than ever this holiday
11/28/2009 - 3:00am

The Daily News
By Lynne Hendricks
Staff Writer

NEWBURYPORT — A woman sat in the parking lot of Our Neighbors' Table this week for hours before gaining the courage to walk inside the food pantry and seek help with providing food for her family.

Food banks go high-tech to feed the hungry
11/27/2009 - 3:00am

Associated Press

SEATTLE – Food banks across the country are undergoing a high-tech revolution, adopting sophisticated databases, bar coding, GPS tracking, automated warehouses and other technologies used in the food industry that increasingly supplies their goods.

It's a long way from handing out macaroni and canned soup from a church basement.

While more people can be fed through these innovations, food bank directors say it's also a sad acknowledgment that hunger has become a huge and seemingly unending problem.

A tour of Bread and Roses Soup Kitchen
11/26/2009 - 3:00am

By Jonah Ruh
Lawrence, MA

Bread and Roses was founded 30 years ago with the philosophy of it’s namesake, The Bread and Roses strike of 1912. The strike was started by women demanding better pay and humanitarian treatment from the mills they worked for. “Bread for the body, Roses for the soul” they stated. Now Bread and Roses Soup Kitchen operates with these ideals firmly intact- providing a good meal 5 days a week in a warm, caring and homey atmosphere. “It’s like a family here”, says director Bob Lanzoni. “Anyone with a birthday that night, gets a cake.” If a child has a birthday they get to go up to the magical kids room and choose a toy. If someone needs shaving cream and Bob has it, he supplies them.

Bob explains how Bread and Roses works.”We have about 150 guests each night. 80 of those are regulars, people who by their economic situation will likely never make it on their own and 70 who come sometimes or only once- among these there are always new faces.” They have only 1.5 paid employees and still the place is spotless, organized and welcoming. “We have a wonderful crew of regular volunteers. In addition, we have 23 groups that come to cook once or twice every 6 week block. These groups include businesses, churches, sororities and other youth groups. It is a system that brings freshness, variety and community involvement- many having been loyal for years."

Stepping up to help fill others' plates
11/22/2009 - 3:00am

The Boston Globe
By Brian Benson, Globe Correspondent

The housing market may be struggling, but Cape Ann real estate broker Charlene Delaney is not moping about the weak economy.

Instead, the Gloucester resident uses time that she would have spent showing houses to volunteer at The Open Door, a Gloucester food pantry that also serves Essex, Ipswich, Manchester, and Rockport. Read more...

Church pantry expands hours as number of needy families grows
11/10/2009 - 3:00am

Eagle Tribune

HAVERHILL — Two days a week isn't enough.

As the number of families struggling to put food on the table grows, a local church is expanding its food pantry operation to provide people with free groceries.

The Sacred Hearts Church pantry, which has been helping needy people for 30 years, has added a third day to its schedule.

Until now, the pantry has been open from 8:30 to 10:45 a.m. Mondays and Fridays. Now it also will be open on Wednesdays at that same time. Read more...