AUBURN, Mass. – With Thanksgiving just about a week away, an Auburn doctor is having a food drive on Thursday by providing medical services in exchange for food donations.
Dr. Francis P. DeFalco of DeFalco Family Chiropractic in Auburn will be donating his time to collect non-perishable items for families in need. The food drive will benefit the local community and be delivered to Auburn Youth and Family Services.
All new patients and existing patients will get a free visit on Thursday in exchange for a food donation. These visits will include consultations, orthopedic and neurological exams, adjustments, therapy and report of findings.
“I’ve always been an advocate of giving back to the community,” DeFalco said. “It minimizes the financial burden, and it’s the right thing to do to help such a great cause.”
To make an appointment, call 508-407-8809. DeFalco Family Chiropractic is at 1 Saint Mark St. The office’s hours on Thursday are from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Auburn Youth and Family Services, through the Massachusetts Emergency Food Assistance Program and a partnership with Worcester County Food Bank, operates a food pantry and food distribution program at 21 Pheasant Ct.
The food program’s 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.
In addition, Auburn Youth and Family Services will be holding its Thanksgiving food basket distribution on Monday, Nov. 19 and Tuesday, Nov. 20. Shifts are 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Volunteers can help sort food and put together Thanksgiving food baskets. Some of the food baskets will be delivered to home-bound clients.
For more information on the food pantry and food basket distribution, call 508-832-5707 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.