PHP in the Community

b.Good hosting an event for PHP

b.Good hosting an event for PHP

People Helping People is pleased to announce that our friends at b.good will be hosting an event for People Helping People on Tuesday, August 1. b.good will be donating 5% of all sales to People Helping People the entire day! b.good has always been a good friend to PHP. In past years they have hosted our concerts on the common. Harvey the milk shake van has attended many events in the town of Burlington. Also Jon at b.good always supports our wine tasting and charity auction with a generous donation.

So please save the date and help support PHP by dropping by b.good on the Mall Road on Tuesday, August 1. Enjoy a burger, shake, salad or one of their season specialties and support People Helping People. Thank you to b.good for being such a good friend to PHP!

6th Annual Wine Tasting and Charity Auction

6th Annual Wine Tasting and Charity Auction

People Helping People is very pleased to announce that Bob Murray owner of the Café Escadrille will be hosting the 6th Annual Wine Tasting and Charity Auction with all proceeds going to support People Helping People.

We are very excited to announce that all the proceeds from the event will go directly to support “camps for kids”.   The money will be used to send children in need in Burlington to summer camps.

The Wine Tasting & Charity Auction will be held at the Café Escadrille on Sunday, February 26th from 2-5 p.m.  There will be wine tasting, gourmet appetizers, live auctions and silent auctions.  All this for just $50.00.  This year there will be only 200 tickets sold!

Anyone who attended any of the previous events will remember that as you entered the Escadrille you were greeted with a “Glass of Champagne or Wine”.   Then you entered the ballroom and the appetizers were numerous and exquisite!

People Helping People is also pleased to announce that Frank Vozzella, Branch Manager & AVP of Northern Bank has once again reached out to People Helping People and for the fourth year will be the Major Sponsor for the Event!   Also, the Weiner Family owners of Dunkin Donuts have made a special purchase for everyone attending the event this year!

The Charity Auction will be performed by Auctioneer Steve DiOrio who promises to be entertaining and with lots of great prizes to bid on.

The Auction Items this year promise to be unique with dinners from many of the local restaurants in Burlington, a coffee maker from Keurig, Disney Tickets and a robot from iRobot!    These are just a few of the amazing raffles and silent auction items that will be presented on the 26th!    You can also have the opportunity to bid on a weekend rental from the Mercedes-Benz Dealership

People Helping People is the umbrella organization for the Burlington Food Pantry, the Holiday Program & Wish Tree and the Covenant for Basic Needs. These three non-profit and volunteer-supported organizations are striving to meet the basic necessities of Burlington residents who have been hit hardest by the economic downturn.

In 2016 the Food Pantry distributed over 135,000 pounds of food to families in Burlington. This was an increase over previous years.   Every year the numbers of Clients to the Pantry increase.   This past December the Wish Tree processed over 2000 gifts for a record number of families and children.  PHP also gave the seniors at the food pantry a small gift for the holiday season.   In November over 180 families in town were provided the fixings for Thanksgiving dinners.

People Helping People is extremely grateful to Bob Murray for his continued generosity to People Helping People.  Bob has made a very strong impact on People Helping Peoples ability to help those in need these past six years.   Bob is always reaching out to our organization to assist!   This event is totally donated by Bob Murray.

Tickets can be purchased through Janet Sullivan Fitzgerald, 6 Rita Ave., (781) 244-9519, Dan DiTucci Spencer Cleaners 271 Cambridge St., & 240 Middlesex Turnpike or John Belmonte at A Whole Bunch of Flowers 326 Cambridge St., Burlington

We are hoping that this will continue to be a real community event with many residents and organizations in the town supporting our major fundraiser.  Please consider attending.  Remember only 200 tickets will be sold this year!

For more information about People Helping People see www.

Fox 25 Zip Trip in Burlington, Aug. 26th!!

The Fox 25 TV morning news team was in Burlington today for the final ‘Zip Trip’ of the summer!

There was a Cereal Drive at the event, and about 200 boxes of cereal were donated for the Food Pantry!

Thank you to Burlington residents and Fox 25 Morning News!

Gene Lavanchy of Fox 25 Morning News interviewing Tom Killilea and Judy Walsh -- two board members of People Helping People.

Gene Lavanchy of Fox 25 Morning News interviewing Tom Killilea and Judy Walsh — two board members of People Helping People, Inc.

Food Pantry Co-Coordinator, Jane McIninch, and her son, Kasper, at the People Helping People table.

Food Pantry Co-Coordinator, Jane McIninch, and her son, Kasper, at the People Helping People/Burlington Food Pantry table.



NEW!!! Summer Meals Program starting June 21, 2016!

While kids love summer with no school and extra time to play, it can be a trying time for parents with extra expenses for Summer camps, activities, extra lunches and snacks during the week, never mind sunscreen and bug spray. People Helping People is implementing a Summer Meals Program to try to help families through the summer.

The program will run from June 21 to Sept 2,. The Summer Meals program will provide weekly packages containing food to prepare 5 lunches and 5 snacks per child.

Packages will be available for pick up on Tuesdays from 12:30-2:00pm.

The program is open to all families participating in the Free or Reduced School meals as well as current Burlington Food Pantry clients. To register for the program or if you have a question, please call 781-270-6625 or e-mail to receive a registration package.

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 @ for registration and more information.


FTFItness Together Burlington
212 Cambridge Street, Burlington, Ma 01803
781-273-0093   |

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

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:


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.


Contact: Rachel Poor