Our Food Forward Project was established in 2016 with the goal of helping those in our community who are food insecure.
We adding one dollar to the price of our Church suppers and it’s that extra dollar that funds the program. A great meal is enjoyed and that little extra means someone else will also eat, thus paying it forward.
In 2016 the project raised $929, in 2017 $809, in 2018 $888, in 2019 $1040. We are especially thankful for all the generous donations made beyond the single dollar from the meals.
Past recipients to the funds are Kid’s Café, sponsored by the Attleboro Faith Collaborative, and the Attleboro emergency homeless shelter. This year we focused on the “Community Comets Food Pantry” at the Community School in North Attleboro. This pantry was established during the 2018-2019 school year, to address the growing problem of children attending school hungry. A noticeable drop in attendance, attention, and grades rallied the school to provide groceries for students to take home at the end of the week. “Fuel for the Weekend” was born. Though the program is quite new, a palpable, positive chance in the students has been witnessed.
Thank you to Marion England for introducing us to this special cause and for your savvy shopping skills in filling the shelves at the new pantry. Marion’s enthusiasm has spread to others so there are now a number of churches, businesses, and other individuals who have joined us in participating.
Respectfully submitted: James Koepfler