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Rachel’s Table Worcester Foodraiser collects ton of food for the hungry

Rachel’s Table volunteers and Big Y staffers who helped out during the Foodraiser. Big Y supermarkets sponsored the event and Gibson Dairy donated its truck and driver to transport the food to the Friendly House pantry.

WORCESTER – On Sunday, May 7, Rachel’s Table Worcester held its first annual Foodraiser food drive at the Big Y supermarket on Mayfield Street and collected over a ton of food for those in need in Worcester.

Shoppers and volunteers worked together to take advantage of Big Y’s sales that day and purchased 2,307 pounds of food that was then donated to the Friendly House Neighborhood Center’s food pantry. Donations of $450 were used to buy additional food and Big Y gift cards.

“It was wonderful to have so many people involved in helping others, from our group of wonderful volunteers to all of the shoppers at Big Y who were so generous, to everyone at Big Y,” said Carla Szymanski, director of Rachel’s Table, Jewish Federation of Central Mass.’s hunger relief organization that has provided more than 12 million pounds of food and milk since it began 28 years ago.

Szymanski said Rachel’s Table Worcester got some friendly advice from Rachel’s Table in Springfield, which has held annual Foodraisers at Big Y in Longmeadow for several years.

CAP: Josefina Velez, left, and Susan Daly, both from Friendly House Neighborhood Center, begin to shop during the May 7 Foodraiser in Worcester.

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