To the editor:
As Community Service of Newburyport begins its 101st year of attending to the needs of low-income families and individuals in our community, we would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the help we receive from the different groups and organizations in the area that help us to continue our mission. Community Service of Newburyport is a private, nonprofit organization that receives no government funding, so over the years we have come to realize just how true the statement, “It takes a village,” truly is. Without the help and support of so many over the years, Community Service would have closed its doors decades ago.
Community Service has a food pantry that is supported by many diverse groups. Each month a different area church collects food from their parishioners and delivers it to our office. These churches that participate yearly are: First Religious Society, Unitarian Universalist, Central Congregational Church, Belleville Congregational Church, Old South Church, First Parish Church of Newbury, People’s United Methodist Church, First Church of Christ, and Immaculate Conception Church. The Immaculate Conception School collects food throughout the school year with each grade being given a month to be in charge of the collection. The eighth-graders deliver the food to our office. Leeward Industries, also known as Leeward Light Thrift Shop in Salisbury, has contributed thousands of dollars in support of our pantry since its opening in 2009. Pennies For Poverty helps us several ways. They hold a food drive at Shaw’s Supermarket twice a year and we are given some of the food they collect, and we have been the recipient of money and gift cards bought with the money from the many penny jars around town. Other groups who have collected food for us over the past few years include: the Post Office Letter Carriers, Molin Upper Elementary School, Newbury Council on Aging, River Valley Charter School, Flukes & Finds & Friends, Charity Girls of the North Shore, Newburyport High School students and the Institution For Savings. With all of this support our pantry remains stocked with a large variety of healthy and nutritious food for the families we serve.