Woburn food pantry awarded $15K in COVID-19 supplemental budget – News – Wicked Local

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State Reps. Richard Haggerty, D-Woburn, and Michael Day, D-Stoneham, secured $15,000 in state funding for the Woburn Council for Social Concern’s Food Pantry to help address food insecurity issues due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Food insecurity continues to be a very difficult issue affecting our community, it is my hope that these resources will assist the food pantry in providing the support that individuals and families need,” said Haggerty. “As we deal with the economic fallout of COVID-19, we must be mindful of the everyday challenges faced by our friends and neighbors.”

“The Council of Social Concern provides essential help to those facing the most dire challenges, and it does so while allowing its clients to maintain dignity and hope, two things needed now more than ever,” said Day. “This funding will fill a gap as we approach the colder weather and the holiday season, and we are pleased our

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South of Downtown community rallies to support Lincoln restaurant owner after prostate surgery | Local

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Pepe Fierro at Bryan East Campus during his stay for prostate surgery.

Pepe Fierro has long been a selfless figure in Lincoln’s South of Downtown community.

But when the restaurant owner needed surgery because of a prostate cancer diagnosis, he knew it was time to take care of himself and let the community support him.

And the community has stepped up, with a GoFundMe page for Fierro that has raised more than $23,000 since it was created Sept. 19.

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Pepe Fierro is comforted by his dog Jet after returning home from the hospital.

White Elm Brewing Co. is hosting a Pints for Pepe event Wednesday to raise money to support Fierro in conjunction with Juju’s Vegan Creole and Cajun Cuisine.

Fierro — the owner and chef of Pepe’s Kitchen, a restaurant in the South of Downtown neighborhood that specializes in healthy, vegan food — had surgery

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Emerging Leaders To Start Holiday Initiative Working With Local Food Shelves In Wright County

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October 9, 2020

As challenging and, at times, depressing 2020 has been under the cloud of COVID-19, as the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season approaches, that angst may become even more pronounced – especially for families struggling to make ends meet.

In an effort to try to help these families, the Wright County Emerging Leaders, a group of 18 employees from several county departments, is looking to help bring a little normalcy back for struggling families at the holidays through its “Season of Giving” initiative.

Erin Baker and Kara Kampa, both social workers in Wright County Health & Human Services, spoke to the Wright County Commissioners explaining that they’ve come up with the idea of hosting a specific food drive to create “baking boxes” – boxes filled with items specific to baking breads, cookies, pies and other treats – to give families something they rarely can get at local food

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Northeast Texas Habitat for Humanity launches campaign, cooking videos | Local News

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Northeast Texas Habitat for Humanity launched an awareness and fundraising campaign on Monday, which was also World Habitat Day.

Building Hope Together is a multi-month campaign focusing on inspiring hope in the community by sharing the Habitat story and on raising operational funds to fill the gap created by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a written statement from the organization.

“As COVID-19 has forced the cancellation of live fundraising events that have been so very valuable to us in the past, it has also presented our three-county service area with greatly increased need for Habitat services,” Northeast Texas Habitat CEO LaJuan Gordon said in the statement.

Due to the pandemic, Habitat changed the fundraising to a mixture of online events, programs and contests.

For the next six Tuesdays a series of virtual cooking classes will be offered on Facebook. Each episode of Serving Up Hope will feature a local chef

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Costa Enterprises McDonald’s gifts local educators free coffee and soft drinks

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NICEVILLE — Costa Enterprises McDonald’s has delivered Teacher Appreciation Cards to 78 local schools in Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton, and Washington counties to show its gratitude for the area’s educators. This totaled 6,900 Teacher Appreciation Cards.

As a part of the Costa Cares mission, Costa Enterprises McDonald’s is committed to giving back to the various communities surrounding its stores. The Teacher Appreciation Cards were a small gesture to thank the teachers, faculty and staff members who are dedicated to serving their students day in and day out.

The Costa team has hand-delivered gift cards to all local high schools, middle schools and elementary schools surrounding its 24 stores. 

“We wanted to create something to show how much we value these outstanding professionals, especially during these unprecedented times” said David Costa Sr., CEO of Costa Enterprises McDonald’s. “Their jobs

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‘Dark kitchen’ chain works with local restaurants to sell over food delivery apps

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The coronavirus has left many restaurants struggling as the pandemic forced them to temporarily close their doors and still has many operating at a lower capacity than normal.

Owners are looking for ways to bring in more revenue. Fast-casual Asian chain Wow Bao has one idea: open their restaurant inside an existing restaurant as a delivery-only “dark kitchen” eatery.

Wow Bao, which serves up steamed bao, potstickers, dumplings, rice and noodle bowls, announced on Wednesday that it has added 100 locations in just six months by partnering with other restaurants. Its food is offered via third-party delivery services like UberEats, Grubhub, DoorDash, Postmates and Caviar.

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Longtime Auburn-area restaurant site goes up in flames | Local News

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SENNETT — Fire caused extensive damage Friday at Route 20 Grill & Tap, a restaurant just outside of Auburn that traces its roots to 1904.

The restaurant at 3193 E. Genesee St. Road, Sennett, was reported to be fully involved in flames shortly after 3:30 p.m. Friday and part of an exterior deck collapsed shortly after firefighters arrived.

Firefighters initially entered the building and fought flames from the first and second floors before being evacuated

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Food bank reduces hours temporarily after employee tests positive for COVID-19 | Local News

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By the end of each day, shelves at the Missoula Food Bank and Community Center show bare spots that will need attention before the store opens again.

An employee of the Missoula Food Bank & Community Center tested positive for COVID-19 and the food bank will temporarily reduce its hours, according to a news release from Executive Director Aaron Brock.  

“Our front-line team has taken every precaution, but we have known that this was a possibility since we started seeing community spread in Missoula County,” Brock said in the release. 

The release stated that all of the staff working in the store with the employee who tested positive will quarantine, and a small staff of four people, who were not in contact with the employee, will step up to continue reduced operations. The staff member who tested positive was last in the food bank on Sept. 29. 


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Week-long Walk Off Hunger event raises money for local food banks

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FeedMore Western New York’s annual fundraiser supports its mission and raises awareness about food insecurity in Western New York.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Every year, FeedMore Western New York holds “Walk Off Hunger,” a fundraiser to support FeedMore’s mission and raise awareness about food insecurity in Western New York.

To participate in the walk, which runs from October 3 through October 10, you can register as an individual for $25 or $20 per person for groups of four or more. Anyone under 15 years old can register for free.

Registered participants receive a reusable tote bag, mask, bottled water, hand sanitizer and other items. Participants are also invited to an online auction and able to create a JustGiving fundraising page to raise more money for FeedMore.

Walkers can use FeedMore’s walk routes, their own favorite trail or attend a meetup event on Saturday, October 3 or Saturday, October 10. Meetup events

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Business Buzz: New Dominican cuisine food service | Local News

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They moved to Missoula to be closer to family, he said, and have noticed that people here are always on the lookout for more worldly flavors.

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“I thought Dominican food would be a lot like Mexican food, but it’s not,” he said. “I’ve been there five times now, each time for about a month. (My wife) lives in a rural country area. It’s the real experience, not like the touristy areas.”

The Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes’ Economic Development Office is now accepting applications for coronavirus business relief funds. The CSKT Small Business Relief Grants program offers over $1 million in federally allocated financial assistance to qualified CSKT-member-owned small businesses and active CSKT-member livestock producers in the recovery, stabilization, and adaptation of business operations. Funds can be used for working capital to support payroll, rent, accounts payable (such as utilities

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