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 colleagues and the administration agreed with us on the merits of allocating these resources to the Council at this time.”
The food pantry funding was included in the $1.1 billion COVID-19 supplemental budget, enacted by the House and Senate and then signed into law by Gov. Charlie Baker. The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources contacted the Council of Social Concern this week with the news that, as a core program, its food pantry qualified for the direct budgetary earmark.
“This will be a great help to us in buying food for the holidays, as the postal food drive will not be taking place this fall,” said Council Executive Director Dean Solomon. “This funding will mean that we can continue to provide families in need with food for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The Council of Social Concern’s Food Pantry, which serves the communities of Woburn and Winchester, is in need of donations to help neighbors in need during the COVID-19 crisis. For information on how to help keep the shelves stocked by donating, call 781-935-6495 or email Paula Matthews at [email protected].
The Food Pantry’s hours are, by appointment, as follows:
• Tuesdays and Thursdays: 9:45 a.m.-noon and 1:30-3 p.m.
• Wednesdays: 6-7 p.m.
The pantry is located at 2 Merrimac St., Woburn. For those who cannot make an appointment, emergency boxes are available from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Monetary donations are also welcome and can be made at http://socialconcern.org.