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April 4, 2012

Merrimack Valley Food Bank Exceeded Their Goal

by at 4:50 pm.

And sends their THANKS, via e-mail. Thought I’d pass it along.

We came, We Saw, and We conquered….and conquered we did! 21,740 pounds of food and still counting, exceeding our goal of collecting 15,000 pounds!! We certainly couldn’t have done this without you, your families, students, and colleagues!

Thank you to everyone at Lowell City Hall, Mayor Murphy, City Manager Bernie Lynch, Councilor Marty Lorrey for getting the ball rolling on a press conference for us; Elizabeth Craveiro for coordinating the City Hall Food Bank Challenge – Genius Idea; and congratulations to The Department of Planning & Development – a.k.a. The Department of Canning and Food Elements for winning the challenge! Grand total of 2240 pounds of food collected at Lowell City Hall!

We thank Congresswoman Niki Tsongas and her amazing team for their support and Brian Martin for his kind words at our City Hall press conference.

We would like to thank the following businesses for placing donation drop boxes and/or distributing bags to your customers and neighborhoods on our behalf: Eastern Bank, Enterprise Bank, Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union, Lowell Cooperative Bank, M/Acom Federal Credit Union, Workers Credit Union, Lowell Fire Department – Local 853, Pollard Memorial Library, Global War Veterans, UPS, Middlesex Community College, AFL-CIO Community Affairs, HP, Andover, the Lowell Senior Center, UMass Lowell Student Veterans and Veterans Affairs Office, Notre Dame Academy, Pawtucket Memorial School, Bartlett School, Franco American School, Lowell Catholic High School, Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce, Carisma, Middlesex Tire, Honeydew Donuts, Greater Lowell Technical High School, Calling All Crows (from Brookline), Lowell Neighborhood Groups, and our member agencies

To all of the volunteers that contributed their time over the course of 7 days, young and old, from near and far, we are so grateful for your support during this event which is crucial to collecting food that benefits our agencies, and the 55,000 individuals that are served monthly with food from the Merrimack Valley Food Bank.

To the management teams at Hannaford Supermarkets in Chelmsford and Dracut, thank you for allowing us to place a table and a truck with volunteers at your stores as part of our food drive! To Shaw Farm & Dairy and St. Jeanne D’Arc School for granting us access to your parking lot to use as a central drop locations for our volunteers.

To the Lowell Sun and staff, Jennifer Myers, Senior Writer and Julia Malakie, Photographer, MVFB greatly appreciate the wonderful articles and pictures that captured and exposed the need to help the thousands who combat hunger in Greater Lowell. Marc Duci of Lowell Telecommunications Corporation (LTC) for videotaping and broadcasting the press conference at City Hall. Danielle Bergeron, President/CEO of the Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce and WCAP for hosting Chamber Chat and inviting Amy Pessia, MVFB’s Executive Director to discuss the pantry raid!

Nicholas and Chas Kronauer for videotaping the March 24th pick up day; visiting all the drop locations and the food bank and capturing the entire day on tape, not to mention the editing process, and we can’t wait to see the finished product!

And of course to the MVFB Board of Directors, for taking on routes, distributing bags, picking up, and getting the good word out about the food bank throughout the year!

Lastly to my co-workers here at the Food Bank that also distributed and collected bags, staffed tables, managed drop locations, drove the trucks around town, unloaded vehicles…what a team we are!!

I am so proud to have been part of such a wonderful collaboration between so many people, schools, businesses, and media outlets. It’s amazing what can happen when we all work together!

It has been an incredible experience and I hope to see you all in September when we get to do it all over again!

Debbie Callery

Fundraising & Volunteer Coordinator
Merrimack Valley Food Bank, Inc.
735 Broadway Street, Lowell, MA 01854
Phone: 978-454-7272 - www.mvfb.org

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