Goal is to package 20,000 meals for local food pantries on April 8

Fitchburg, Mass. –  As part of National Volunteer Week, United Way Volunteer Center is hosting a food packaging event in partnership with Town & Country Apartments on April 8.

This is the second time this year that volunteers are wanted to help package meals that will be given to food pantries in Gardner, Templeton, Winchendon, Fitchburg, Leominster, Devens, Townsend and Pepperell.

“When I heard about the impact of these food packaging events, I wanted to sponsor it at our apartment complex,” said Marc DiGeronimo, president of Town & Country Management. “We have such caring residents, I thought it was a great way for all of us to give back.”

Participants will assemble packaged meals in the community room of Town & Country Apartments, located next to Twin City Plaza, on Tuesday from 2 to 6 p.m.

“What is great about these events is that in less than four hours, we can create 20,000 meals thanks to the volunteers and the sponsorship provided by Town & Country Apartments,” said Karin Oliveira, director of United Way’s Volunteer Center.

The initiative is a partnership between United Way Volunteer Center , Outreach Inc. Kids Care, a nonprofit organization that provides the meal packaging program at host locations across the United States, and Town & Country Management.

Anyone who is interested in volunteering should contact United Way of North Central Massachusetts at 978-345-1577, ext.306 or sign up online.

The United Way of North Central Massachusetts serves the communities of Ashburnham, Ashby, Athol, Ayer, Baldwinville, Devens, Fitchburg, Gardner, Groton, Harvard, Hubbardston, Leominster, Littleton, Lunenburg, Petersham, Pepperell, Phillipston, Royalston, S. Lancaster, Shirley, Templeton, Townsend, Westminster and Winchendon.

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