I am writing to bring attention to the upcoming April Food Day event on Saturday, April 1st, 2023, from 9AM to 1PM at the Town Hall, 40 Center Street Fairhaven, MA.
The Belonging Committee and the Fairhaven Rotary Club have partnered together for this event to bring awareness, resources and help to all those impacted by food insecurity. This event is a great opportunity for our community to come together and collect donated canned goods and nonperishables for local pantries.
It’s important to note that based on the census data of 2021, there are over a thousand residents and families living in poverty in Fairhaven. With inflation since the last census, and Pandemic Relief SNAP benefits ending in March of this year, we know the need has grown. This event is a chance for us to help those in need and make a real difference in our community.
The April Food Day event is not just a donation drive. We have many resources available for those who need assistance. The Council on Aging Director, Martha Reed, will be present to help people of ANY age sign up for SNAP benefits. She will also have resource material for seniors. The Family Resource Center from Fairhaven Public Schools will be providing guidance on resources for additional assistance for families. The Veterans Agent, Brad Fish, will also be there with brochures to answer any questions. In addition, PACE and the Commonwealth Care Alliance will be present to share their services. We will also have information available from the United Way and Ma.gov website.
We will have some fun activities and special guests as well. Bring the whole family!
We encourage everyone to come out and have fun while making a positive impact on our community. Let’s come together and show our support for our community members who are struggling.
We hope this event inspires others to find ways to help out neighbors. Look out for our follow up community event with the Rec Center and the Sustainability Committee as our partners for a clothing drive and swap in May!
Jessica Fidalgo, Chair of the Fairhaven Belonging Committee
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