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Merrimack Valley

February 27, 2014

Month-long food drive seeks to restock pantry shelves


This winter has found Our Neighbors’ Table in desperate need of personal care products. Shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, bar soap, shaving cream, disposable razors and diapers (sizes 4 and large) can be dropped off at the bank branches along with food. More than 30 percent of the food at Our Neighbors’ Table comes from community donations. Last year’s food drive filled an 8-foot box truck with an assortment of canned food.

The organization is also in need of donations of canned chicken, pasta sauce, canned meals and canned fruit.

“It is important to have community support,” Bukoskey said. “Without that, we really couldn’t (do this).”

President and CEO of Merrimac Savings Bank John Meserve was happy to have his bank joining the food drive for the first time this year.

“I am sure that all of the participating organizations are pleased to provide this support to such a worthwhile cause,” Meserve said in a press release. “Our Neighbors’ Table does so much for our communities and offers a support system that is utilized by so many. This is but a small way to say thanks.”

The shopping carts will disappear once April begins, but Bukoskey hopes they will inspire some thought.

“They are there to remind the people in the community that it is a struggle for some of them to put food on the table,” Bukoskey said. “And it is through the generosity of the banks and the credit unions that we can make this food drive a success. People can drop off donations anytime they go to the bank.”

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