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People Helping People Raising Funds to purchase Holiday Dinners for families in the Community of Burlington

Burlington’s People Helping People is a non-profit organization. Under the umbrella of PHP is the Burlington Food Pantry, the Covenant for Basic Needs and the Holiday Wish Tree. Over 225,000 pounds of food will be distributed in 2018 to families of the Burlington Community Food Pantry.

There are many people in need in the Town of Burlington. It could be a neighbor, someone sitting next to you at Church or perhaps at a school event. In addition to receiving their monthly food distribution in December, we would like to once again provide these families with resources to enjoy a holiday dinner with their family.

This is difficult to do without fundraisers such as the Capital Grille Raffle. People Helping People is holding their Eighth Annual Capital Grille Raffle for a chance to win a $1,000 gift certificate to the Capital Grille in Burlington (certain conditions apply). The prize, which covers dinner for six, including wine, was donated by the Capital Grille at 10 Wayside Road in Burlington

People Helping People would like to thank Managing Partner of the Capital Grill Adam Meckler for all he does to support the Community of Burlington and for his generosity with the donation.

Raffle tickets are just $20 each and can be purchased from Janet Sullivan Fitzgerald sullivanfh@comcast.net, Dan DiTucci Spencer Cleaners at 271 Cambridge Street and 240 Middlesex Turnpike, Olde Town Liquors 242 Cambridge St and from John & Shannon at A Whole Bunch of Flower Market, 326 Cambridge St., Burlington

The Tickets will be sold throughout October, November, and December. So think about helping those in need during this holiday season and purchase a $20 raffle ticket!!!! The drawing will the first week of January!

To purchase a raffle ticket, click here!

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ATTENTION: MAJOR CHANGES

We are excited to share some changes in the pantry with you. The pantry will reopen on Tuesday, October 9 after having undergone a complete makeover. This will include a completely new floorplan and shopping format. Our goal is to provide you with more flexibility, a shorter wait and allow us to better meet your needs.
We sincerely hope you will like the changes we have made:

• No more appointments, come when you need food (see new hours below).
• Pick up food once a week, both fresh food and canned goods.
• Browse the shelves by yourself. Volunteers are available to help upon request. Check in upon arrival, pick out food, just follow the signs, check out when done.
• Volunteers will restock the shelves throughout distribution. Items will be replenished as needed.
• Expanded distribution hours (effective starting Tuesday, Oct 9)

Monday 11 am – 2 pm (Note: we are closed Monday, Oct 8)
Tuesday 3 pm – 7pm
Wednesday 11 am – 2 pm
Thursday 10 am – 12 pm (noon)
*Note: No changes at this time to monthly deliveries.

Do not forget that we will be conducting our annual re-registration of all clients during the month of October. When arriving at the pantry for the first time after Oct 1, you MUST bring your photo ID and 2 recent utility bills (or bank statement, etc.; dated within 45 days) to verify your Burlington residency.

Please be patient with us as we all need to adjust to the new and improved pantry operations. You may experience a longer wait time until everyone adjusts to the new systems, but we are confident that after the transition it will allow us to much better meet your needs.

Thank you,
Jane McIninch & Cheryl Barnes
Pantry Coordinators

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The 6th Annual People Helping People Pumpkin Patch

The 6th Annual People Helping People Pumpkin Patch will take place on the grounds of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church at the corner of Bedford Street and Terrace Hall Ave. 100% of the profits go to support the PHP Burlington Food Pantry. The patch will open on Sunday Sept. 30. Hours are weekdays 12 -6PM and 11-6PM on weekends. Come by and get your pumpkin and show support for People Helping People.

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Thank You Reading Cooperative Bank

People Helping People would like to take this opportunity to thank Reading Cooperative Bank for the recent event they held at Jack’s Coal Fired Pizza in Burlington to support PHP. Pictured left to right Jack Ferren VP Business Development Officer Reading Cooperative Bank, Dan DiTucci Co-Chair of PHP Fundraising and owner of Spencer Cleaners in Burlington and Brian Downey, Branch Manager for Reading Cooperative Bank in Burlington. PHP is very thankful for the support that Jack Ferren provides our organization throughout the year.

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Seniors Being Hungry is a Nationwide Epidemic

Nearly one in every six seniors in America faces the threat of hunger and not being properly nourished. This applies to those who aren’t sure where their next meal is coming from and those who don’t have access to the healthiest possible food options. The issue is severe enough that the AARP reports that seniors face a healthcare bill of more than $130 billion every year due to medical issues stemming from senior hunger.

Continue to full article: http://www.aginginplace.org/the-facts-behind-senior-hunger/

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Letter to parents April 2018

Register Now
PHP Lunch Program for Kids April Vacation 2018
Children need healthy food to learn and grow and be active. Let us help you provide for your child(ren) while home on April vacation! People Helping People invites you to sign your child(ren) up for our FREE People Helping People Lunch Program for Kids.

What you need to know:
• You will receive the foods and recipes necessary to prepare 5 lunches, 5
snacks and 5 beverages for each child.
• Pick up is Tuesday April 17th.
• Pick up location: PHP Food Pantry, 10 St. Marks Rd, Burlington, MA.
• Pick up time: 4:00-6:00PM.
 FREE to all families participating in the Free or Reduced Price School meals in Burlington as well as to current People Helping People Food pantry clients with school age children.
To register for the program please ll out our registration form on-line:
https://tinyurl.com/PHPAprilvacationmeals2018
Lunches are provided in collaboration with Burlington Public School Food Services. If you have any questions or have trouble accessing the on-line form please call 781-270-6625 or e-mail us at burlingtonpantry@gmail.com.
Warmest Regards
Jane McIninch and Christie Ventura Pantry Co-coordinators

Letter to parents April 2018

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What’s Needed at the Food Pantry

Please only donate: NON-PERISHABLE items that are not expired or opened

OUR CURRENT NEEDS ARE:

  • Liquid Dish Soap
  • Bars of Soap
  • Toilet Paper (individually-wrapped rolls)
  • Tissue boxes
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Cans of Ready-to-Serve Soups
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Spaghetti / Pasta
  • Peanut butter & jelly
  • Canned Tomatoes (crushed, diced, whole, pureed)
  • Granola Bars, Trail Mix, Popcorn, Cookies
  • Mayo / Ketchup / Mustard / Salad Dressing
  • Pancake Syrup
  • Coffee & Hot Chocolate
  • 100% Juice (no glass containers please)

Thank you for donating to the PHP Food Pantry. 
We rely solely on donations and are not funded by any other means.

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Register Now PHP Lunch Program for Kids February Vacation 2018

Children need healthy food to learn and grow and be active. Let us help you provide for
your child(ren) while home on February vacation! People Helping People invites you to
sign your child(ren) up for our FREE People Helping People Lunch Program for Kids.

What you need to know:
• You will receive the foods and recipes necessary to prepare 5 lunches, 5 snacks and 5 beverages for each child.
• Pick up is Tuesday, February 20th.
• Pick up location: PHP Food Pantry, 10 St. Marks Rd, Burlington, MA.
• Pick up time: 4:00-6: 00 PM.

FREE to all families participating in the Free or Reduced Price School meals in
Burlington as well as to current People Helping People Food pantry clients with
school-age children.

To register for the program please fill out our registration form online:
https://tinyurl.com/PHPFebvacationmeals2018

If you have any questions or have trouble accessing the online form please call
781-270-6625 or e-mail us at burlingtonpantry@gmail.com.

Warmest Regards
Jane McIninch and Christie Ventura
Pantry Co-coordinators

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People Helping People Holding Annual Wine Tasting

Burlington’s flagship charity organization is once again inviting members of the public to enjoy an evening of wine and entertainment to help it fund its work, including the Burlington Food Pantry.

“People Helping People is very pleased to announce that Bob Murray, owner of the Café Escadrille, will be hosting the 7th Annual Wine Tasting and Charity Auction with all proceeds going to support People Helping People,” an invite reads.

The Wine Tasting & Charity Auction will be held at the Café Escadrille on Sunday, February 25th from 2 to 5 p.m. There will be wine tasting, gourmet appetizers, live auctions and silent auctions. Tickets are $50 each.

“In an effort to make the event more comfortable to those attending this year we will only be selling 150 tickets!” People Helping People said.

As in previous years, guests entering the Escadrille will be greeted with a “Glass of Champagne or Wine” and then be invited into the ballroom for appetizers.

People Helping People said it is also pleased to announce that Frank Vozzella, Branch Manager & AVP of Northern Bank, has once again reached out to People Helping People and for the Fifth year will be the Major Sponsor for the Event. Also the Weiner Family, owners of a Burlington Dunkin Donuts, have once again made a special purchase for everyone attending the event this year.

The Charity Auction will be performed by Auctioneer Steve DiOrio who promises to be entertaining and with lots of prizes to bid on.

“The auction items this year promise to be unique with dinners from many of the local restaurants in Burlington, two round trip tickets on Southwest Airline and a robot from iRobot,” the invite states. “You will also have the ability to bid on the ‘Ultimate Fenway Experience’ that is being donated by Peter Damato and family. The experience includes 4 tickets to a TBD game with drinks before the game with a Red Sox Legend and a VIP tour of Fenway Park. Rumor has it there might be another appearance by a ‘Red Sox Legend’ at the Wine Tasting. These are just a few of the amazing raffles and silent auction items that will be presented on the 25th!”

People Helping People is the umbrella organization for the Burlington Food Pantry, the Holiday Program & Wish Tree and the Covenant for Basic Needs. These three non-profit and volunteer-supported organizations are striving to meet the basic necessities of Burlington residents who have been hit hardest by the economic downturn.

In 2017 the Food Pantry distributed over 176,000 pounds of food to families in Burlington. This was in increase over previous years. This past December the Wish Tree processed over 2000 gifts for children. PHP also gave the seniors at the food pantry a small gift for the holiday season. In November over 180 families in town were provided the fixings for Thanksgiving dinners.

“People Helping People is extremely grateful to Bob Murray for his continued generosity to People Helping People,” the invite states. “Bob continues to make a very strong impact on People Helping People’s ability to help those in need these past 7 years. Bob is always reaching out to our organization to assist! This event is totally donated by Bob Murray.”

Tickets can be purchased through Janet Sullivan Fitzgerald, 6 Rita Ave., sullivanfh@comcast.net (781) 244-9519, Dan DiTucci Spencer Cleaners 271 Cambridge St., & 240 Middlesex Turnpike or John Belmonte at A Whole Bunch of Flowers 326 Cambridge St., Burlington

“We are hoping that this will continue to be a real community event with many residents and organizations in the town supporting our major fundraiser,” People Helping People said. “Please consider attending. Remember only 150 tickets will be sold this year!”

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