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December 18, 2013

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After seeing a video in class on homelessness, Gagne’s students decided to help by collecting and donating goods to Emmaus. Items collected included food, arts and craft supplies, as well as household goods and toiletries.

Students in the class have also been volunteering their time a couple days a week to tutor school-aged children at Emmaus.

Emmaus Inc. is a community-based-non-profit cooperation that provides housing and services to homeless adults and families in Haverhill.

Andover Whole Foods joins up with Project Bread

Whole Foods Market is joining with Project Bread this December to provide for people in need. Through Whole Foods Market’s “Give Bread” program, shoppers can add $2 or $5 donation coupons to their grocery bill to help children and families struggling to put food on the table and eat healthy during the holidays.

“We are so grateful for the extra support from Whole Foods Market and their customers this holiday season,” says Ellen Parker, executive director of Project Bread.

“When we all work together, we can accomplish so much more toward our goal of ending hunger and ensuring everyone in Massachusetts has access to fresh, healthy foods all year ‘round.”

Each person who donates money through “Give Bread” at the Whole Foods Market in Andover will be supporting local programs. Project Bread funds 365 community food programs in 110 communities across Massachusetts.

Nine of those programs are in the Andover and Lawrence area, including Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, Inc.’s Hunger Prevention Program, Neighbors in Need’s Farming for Our Neighbors, and Groundwork Lawrence Community Gardens Program, among many others.

“At Whole Foods Market, we believe being part of a community means being an active neighbor and that true community transcends the boundaries of our towns and cities,” said Laura Derba, regional president. “That is why we’re proud to contribute to those in need throughout the region through Project Bread this holiday season.”

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