While most people may think that the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen is just a soup kitchen, the reality is that we’re so much more! In addition to daily hot meals, DESK also facilitates a weekly food pantry, an emergency food pantry, a pet food pantry and a senior food program. These much needed programs would not be possible without nonperishable food donations from individuals and community groups.
As the cold creeps in and the holidays ensue, our food pantry is getting a little low and every single food item donated to DESK goes to feed the hungry right here in our community. Whether it’s time to clean out your own pantry or if you feel so inclined to pick up some extra items at your next visit to the grocery store, we welcome even the smallest donations. If you are part of a community group or a business and are looking for a way to give back, a food drive is a great way to engage your employees, members and those your organization interacts with.
A great example of a community food drive is what the White Light Foundation did last night at the College Street Music Hall. The foundation travels around with the band Twiddle and encourages fans to do something to give back to the local communities the band tours in. Last night, the band and the foundation were in town and they gave raffle tickets to fans who brought nonperishable food items to the concert. They chose DESK to be the recipient of all the food collected, so we drove our van over to accept the donations. Over the course of eight hours, around 1,200 fans brought enough food to fill our van!
While what was collected last night was a much needed gift for our pantry, the need in our community never ends. It will only be a matter of weeks, perhaps even days, before we will need to replenish out shelves. Please consider what you can do to help us feed hungry neighbors. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.