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MLK, Jr. Day of Service

To honor Dr. King's legacy of service to community, the CCHRC sponsored a food drive at Crosby’s Market on Monday, January 17th.

With wave after wave of the pandemic, food insecurity in Massachusetts is on the rise with 1 in 6 people experiencing hunger. All donations of non-perishable food were therefore donated to the Open Table food pantry which offers fresh market groceries and prepared meals at their main facility in Maynard.

The morning weather seamed to threaten the noon start as volunteers gathered to set up for the afternoon. “But then the skies cleared and the hungry crowds began to flock to Crosby’s for their groceries” said Rich Yamartino, one of the organizers for the day. “People are so generous when asked to contribute with many donating both food and money to the Open Table” Yamartino continued. Shari Barzun (Co-Chair of CCHRC) spent most of her time shopping for food. “I would run in to buy food with the donations and no sooner had I finished than the pot was full and ready for a return trip to the store.”

Many volunteers came with family members young and old working in one hour shifts thru the afternoon. “This has to be the most successful food drive I have ever participated in” exclaimed Ji Orloff, co-organizer. “We collected nearly 900 lbs of food - all going to the Open Table.”

The CCHRC would like to thank all of the volunteers who helped with the drive.

A special thanks to Crosby’s Market for their continued support of the Open Table.

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