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Volunteers Pack 15K Meals for Area Food Bank

February 20, 2018
On Feb. 7, volunteers from all walks of life gathered to pack 15,000 nutritious meals for the Merrimack Valley Food Bank during the fourth annual Interfaith Feed Your Neighbor event.

Hosted by the Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations, in collaboration with Outreach Inc., the event was open to all individuals, congregations and communities, both religious and nonreligious.

From 10 a.m. through 4 p.m., volunteers worked in one-hour shifts, during which they packed meals in assembly lines. And while they were working, they enjoyed opportunities to meet people of other faiths and traditions while engaging in dialogue and reflection — making the day even more meaningful.

“I am really happy that Feed Your Neighbor has become an annual tradition here at Merrimack,” said Fr. Raymond Dlugos, O.S.A., vice president for mission and ministry. “During this event, people from the community come to our campus and interact with our students while making a difference in the lives of people in need.

“This allows the wider community to appreciate the culture of care, concern, and respect for the dignity of others that is a hallmark of our campus. And it demonstrates that this culture not only exists in a few individuals who go out to serve, but is actually a part of the air we breathe here on this campus.”

There is still time to support the Outreach Program and end hunger. Please see a few ways Merrimack community members can help:

Online

  • Go to OutreachProgram.org
  • Hover over Donate Now (the blue box in the upper right-hand corner)
  • Select Donate to a specific meal packaging event (the top option in the dropdown menu)
  • Note EndHungerNE event #15 under Add special instructions to the seller on the second page. The transaction cost, which is 2.2% + 30 cents per transaction, will be deducted from your total donation.

By Mail

  • Send to: 93 Whiffletree Lane, Marshfield, MA 02050
  • Make your check payable to: The Outreach Program
  • Note “Event #15/Merrimack” in the memo section
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  • Merrimack volunteers packed lunches throughout the day Feb. 7, 2018, for donation to the Merrimack Valley Food Bank.
    Merrimack volunteers packed lunches throughout the day Feb. 7, 2018, for donation to the Merrimack Valley Food Bank.

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