BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) – Thanksgiving came early to some Boston Public School students and their families thanks to a partnership between several major local nonprofits.
The American Red Cross of Massachusetts delivered turkeys, fresh produce and various dried items to 1,100 families on Saturday. This was done in partnership with the YMCA of Boston, the Community Hub Schools program and volunteer drivers who brought the food to families’ homes.
CEO of the Red Cross of Massachusetts, Holly Grant said the organization has been serving more families during the pandemic and expects to reach even more during the holiday season.
“Food insecurity is still really great,” Grant said. “There are still a lot of people who are going through a really, really hard time and that’s what we’re trying to do today is really be there for those people who need us so that they can have a good Thanksgiving.”
Superintendent of Boston Public Schools, Brenda Cassellius said there is a great number of families impacted by food insecurity in the district and hopes this effort will help provide relief.
“It’s been a really tough two years,” she said. “For families to have one less thing to worry about, it’s quite a gift.”
The Red Cross Boston Food Pantry has served the community since 1982 and served 382,603 individuals last year, according to the Red Cross. More information about the organization’s distribution programs can be found on their website.
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