AUBURN, Mass. – Want to make gingerbread houses to help a great cause? Then Pakachoag Church in Auburn is the place to bring your holiday creations on Sunday, Dec. 2.
The Gingerbread House Festival will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2, to benefit the Auburn Youth and Family Services food pantry. Admission is $3 a person, $10 a family or free with the donation of a nonperishable food item. The church is located at 203 Pakachoag St.
All ages and abilities are encouraged to enter gingerbread houses, and prizes will be awarded in divisions that include children (several age groups based on entries received), amateur (adult) and professional.
All materials, except for the base/carrier, must be edible confections, and entrants must display extraordinary enthusiasm and creativity. The gingerbread houses should be brought to the church completed and ready to display by noon on Dec. 2. Entrants can have their houses sold in a silent auction to benefit the food pantry.
Attendees get to vote for their favorite gingerbread creation and visit with Santa. Refreshments will be served.
Auburn Youth and Family Services operates a food pantry and food distribution program at 21 Pheasant Ct. The program is offered through the Massachusetts Emergency Food Assistance Program and a partnership with Worcester County Food Bank.
The mission is to help alleviate hunger for Auburn’s children and families, as well as educate families about the importance of good nutrition.
The food pantry’s wish list includes peanut butter, jelly, juice, popcorn, canned corn and green beans, Parmalat milk, cereal, canned soups and pasta, shampoo, toothpaste and laundry detergent.
The food pantry operates weekly on Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Emergency disbursements are made on an as-needed basis.
The Annual Crop Walk, U.S. Postal Worker Food Drive, a $1,000 grant from Project Bread and a $1,500 grant from Fallon Community Health Plan supply funds and food for the pantry.
For more information on the food pantry, call 508-832-5707 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.