AUBURN, Mass. – Like every year, Auburn Youth and Family Services will be distributing Thanksgiving food baskets to local families next week - and the agency needs some last-minute help.
“We’ve reached out to the community for food donations, and they’ve been so generous. And from now until next week, we’d love it if more and more of the community kept bringing in items,” said Executive Director Sally D’Arcangelo. “It takes a lot of resources to help out the hundreds of families, and we’re very fortunate that the community helps out.
“We’re so lucky to be based in Auburn. The people here are so giving every year,” she added.
The agency is asking the community to bring in nonperishable foods for Thanksgiving, including canned vegetables, cranberry sauce and soup. However, D’Arcangelo said the agency also has a freezer, so some perishable Thanksgiving foods are also welcome.
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. D’Arcangelo said they are looking for volunteers to help sort food and put together the food baskets. Some of the baskets will be delivered to homebound clients.
“The need in the community gets a bit greater each year,” D’Arcangelo said. “There are Auburn families with children in need, and adults living on a fixed income who need extra help to have a Thanksgiving.”
In addition to the Thanksgiving baskets, Auburn Youth and Family Services, through the Massachusetts Emergency Food Assistance Program and a partnership with Worcester County Food Bank, operates a food pantry at 21 Pheasant Court.
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, as well as 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.
Auburn Youth and Family Services is a private, nonprofit, multi-service organization for children, young adults, and families. The programs are offered primarily to Auburn residents, while also serving individuals from surrounding communities.
Services include counseling, tutoring; advocacy; information and referral; after-school and summer programs; support groups for children, adolescents and parents; a food pantry; and a clothing closet.
For more information, visit http://www.ayfs.org/ or call 508-832-5707.