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Fall in to Fitness

Fall in to Fitness

Burlington Food Pantry and
Fitness Together Burlington

October 3, 2015 10:00am | Burlington High School Track

 

28 Day Walking Challenge

Benefits of Walking…

1. Helps control weight.

2. Helps build and maintain healthy bones, muscles and joints.

3. Helps older adults become stronger, improve balance and better able to move about without falling.

4. Promotes psychological well-being.

5. Reduces feelings of depression and anxiety.

6. Reduces the risk of developing colon cancer.

7. Reduces the risk of dying from heart disease.

8. Reduces the risk of dying prematurely.

9. Improves brain function.

10. Reduces the risk of developing diabetes

 

Are you ready to take the challenge?

Join us Sat, October 3, 2015 at the Burlington High school Track to Kick off your Fall into Fitness 28 day walking challenge.

E-mail Jane McIninch @ jane.mcininch@verizon.net for registration and more information.

 

FTFItness Together Burlington
212 Cambridge Street, Burlington, Ma 01803
781-273-0093   |   http://fitnesstogether.com/burlington

FREE Nutrition and Cooking Classes!

FREE Nutrition and Cooking Classes!

The Food Pantry is offering FREE Nutrition Classes and Cooking Classes!

Our FREE Cooking Classes are on the 2nd Thursday of each month.

Our FREE Nutrition Classes are on the 4th Thursday of each month.

Held in the basement of St. Mark’s church (10 St. Mark’s Road).

The September 24th Free Nutrition Class will be for general questions, and to discuss future topics (possibility of giveaways).

Our October 8th Free Cooking Class we’ll be making Shepherd’s Pie!!!  A great way to use inexpensive ingredients and leftovers!   Prizes given out!

Call or email the Burlington Food Pantry with Questions: 781-270-6625 or burlingtonpantry@gmail.com.

Celebrate National Mac & Cheese Day by Donating a Box to Support Local Hunger Prevention

Celebrate National Mac & Cheese Day by Donating a Box to Support Local Hunger Prevention

Untitled Noodles & Company to Host Mac & Cheese Drive, Give a Box Get a Bowl

 On Tuesday, July 14 Noodles & Company, serving classic noodle and pasta dishes from around the world, will celebrate National Mac & Cheese day by inviting guests to donate a box of mac & cheese to any of its five restaurants located in Massachusetts and New Hampshire which will then be donated to local food pantries to help combat hunger. As a thank you for their donation, Noodles & Company will give guests a certificate for a free small bowl of their freshly made Wisconsin Mac & Cheese.

According to Feeding America, more than 21 million children nationally receive free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs which research has shown provides these children with up to 50 percent of their daily total calories. However, as public schools close for the summer months many of those children will lose access to those meals.

Loved by kids (and adults alike), mac & cheese is a quintessential American dish yet for many local families it is a necessary staple providing much needed nutrition.

  • 9 percent of children in Suffolk + Worcester County are food insecure.
  • 65 percent of food insecure children in Suffolk and Worcester County are not eligible for federal food assistance and therefore rely on the assistance of local food pantries.
  • 9 percent of children in Hillsborough County are food insecure.
  • 46 percent of food insecure children in Hillsborough County are not eligible for federal food assistance and therefore rely on the assistance of local food pantries.

Noodles & Company is focused on the communities it serves and wants to bring attention to this issue locally. The events are being held at their locations in Burlington, Franklin, Shrewsbury, Westwood and Nashua, NH.

“As a community we need to come together to find ways to help our neighbors who are struggling especially when it comes to children not having enough to eat,” said Mike Hamra, CEO and President of Hamra Enterprises, a Noodles & Company franchisee. “We encourage residents to come out to our restaurants during this special day and donate a box of mac & cheese to help combat hunger and enjoy a bowl on us as a thank you.”

The following locations will collect items to benefit the Burlington Community Food Pantry, St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, Worcester County Food Bank, Westwood Food Pantry, and the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter:

Burlington, MA                     90 Middlesex Turnpike
Franklin, MA                         648 Old West Central Street
Shrewsbury, MA                 50 Boston Turnpike
Westwood, MA                    125 University Avenue
Nashua, NH                          219 Daniel Webster Highway

Along with a box of mac & cheese, guests can also donate non-perishable items and/or toiletries including soap, shampoo, toothbrushes and toothpaste, which are in high demand at the shelters. For additional details please visit: http://hamraenterprises.com/noodlesmacday/

 

About Noodles & Company
Founded in 1995, Noodles & Company is a fast-casual restaurant chain that serves classic noodle and pasta dishes from around the world. Known as Your World Kitchen, Noodles & Company’s globally inspired menu consists of more than 25 fresh, customizable noodle bowls, salads, soups and sandwiches that are prepared quickly using quality ingredients. From healthy to indulgent, spicy to comforting, the menu provides favorites for everyone from kids to adults. Popular dishes include the Med Salad with grilled chicken, spicy Indonesian Peanut Sauté and creamy Wisconsin Mac & Cheese.

 

About Hamra Enterprises
Hamra Enterprises is a franchisee of Noodles & Company with three restaurants in Massachusetts and one in Nashua, New Hampshire. It is a dynamic organization owned and founded in 1975 by the Hamra family. The company’s headquarters is in Springfield, Missouri and includes six companies with over 3,500 employees in five states; Illinois, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire and Texas. Hamra Enterprises is committed to providing the highest quality products and services within the hospitality industry, creating exceptional experiences for people and communities by engaging each of its restaurant neighborhoods through community service, fundraising, and other philanthropic partnerships such as Boston Children’s Hospital, Make-A-Wish of Illinois, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

 

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TAKE A PLATE AND SPREAD THE LOVE

TAKE A PLATE AND SPREAD THE LOVE

I think there is a spot in the back (or front) of everyone’s mind reserved for food. And when it comes to food, there are important questions that we have all asked ourselves at some point or another: What do I want for lunch? What am I going to make for dinner? Is that a chocolate cake or a coffee cake? Am I hungry or am I just bored? The list goes on and on. It’s important to be conscious of what we put in our bodies because it is the only one we’ve got. It is also important to be conscious of the need surrounding us when it comes to food and not having enough. Starting the day off with a wholesome breakfast can be the difference between passing and failing a test in school, it can also be the difference between a good day at work and feeling like you are ready to pull out your hair. Whether you were previously aware or are finding out right now, it is important to know that there are some families in Burlington who don’t have the means to start their day off full. For that reason, and many more, the Burlington Food Pantry exists. It is a place for people who need a little extra to make it through the month.

Food has a way to bond people in a community. Whether it is a family eating dinner together or a group of friends visiting their favorite restaurant on a Friday night, food brings people together. The pantry also has a way of bringing communities together through food. There are donors, volunteers, clients, and the kind people in charge of food recovery. There is a part for everyone, and if one role were left open, the entire pantry would fall to pieces.

This installation will hopefully draw more than awareness to Burlington. At the pantry, we could always use a helping hand. Maybe you want to become a volunteer, but you were never sure how to go about it. Maybe you have food that you would like to donate or you would like to set up a monthly donation with your place of employment. Maybe you are someone who qualifies for aid, but you didn’t even know the pantry existed. Today is your lucky day. Our doors are always open (9:00-2:00 Monday-Thursday) and if you can’t make it in, please free call 781-270-6625 or send an email to burlingtonpantry@gmail.com. We are waiting for you!

Burlington in the Boston Globe

Burlington Food Pantry made it into the Boston Globe! Katie Johnston wrote a great article highlighting how Massachussets is one of the leading states in rescueing food with its ban on organic waste from food related businesses that took effect back in October 2014. The article describe how non-profits have sprung up to facilitate the rescuing from businesses to pantries and soup kitchens.

Here’s the article

Find us on Twitter

Find us on Twitter

Every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday morning, we will Tweet out what foods are available to weekly (& monthly) pantry clients.

Check it out @BurlFoodPantry

Post Office Food Drive

Post Office Food Drive

Volunteers Needed ! ! !

On Saturday May 9th the US Post Office is conducting its annual food drive. Volunteers are needed at St. Margaret’s Religious Education Building on Saturday May 9th from
1-6pm to sort and date check food donated.

On Friday May 15th from 8am – 1pm, help is needed at the Food Pantry (10 St. Marks Rd.) to organize the food and put it onto the shelves of the Food Pantry. Volunteer hours can be used towards community service hours for teenagers.

If you are interested in helping and making a difference in your community, contact Judy Walsh at judyw621@gmail.com or 617-797-6786.

For more information about People Helping People, go to www.peoplehelpingpeopleinc.org.

Canceled – Volunteers Needed

Canceled – Volunteers Needed

****THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED FOR TOMORROW.  A NEW DATE WILL BE POSTED.****

The Burlington Food Pantry is recruiting volunteers for Friday Feb 27! 

Help is needed from 10AM until 2PM.

We will be receiving 6,000 pounds of food from Wegmans that will need to be sorted, date checked and organized for our shelves. We will be working at the pantry at 10 St. Marks Rd as well as the adjacent church hall.

Burlington’s fight to close the food gap

Burlington’s fight to close the food gap

Step up to the plate and become a part of Burlington’s fight to close the food gap. Thursday January 22, the Burlington Area Chamber of Commerce Charitable Foundation and the Burlington Food Pantry will host a book discussion with the library from 7:00-8:30. Mark Winne’s Closing the Food Gap: Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty focuses on the juxtaposition of modern life, where “the demand for fresh food is rising in one population as fast as rates of obesity and diabetes are rising in another.” Winne takes the time to discuss food banks, community gardens, CSAs, and the different ways communities can work to supply fresh healthy foods to families that normally do not have access. Come and take part in the discussion and choose to learn where your food comes from and what you can do to close the gap.  

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