The Bedford Neighbor Brigade is currently holding a drive to help fill some of the needs of over 170 households per week who depend on the Bedford Food Pantry. The Pantry and its partners have been struggling with high demands and supply chain issues of some select items.
For the next two weeks (until February 12), Amy Mason, the Bedford Neighbor Brigade chapter leader and a Neighbor Brigade board member, will be collecting a specific list of high need items for the Food Pantry. The items being collected are laundry detergent, toothbrushes, toothpaste, mayonnaise (Mason says “the pantry provides tuna, canned chicken, etc., but was told mayonnaise is hard to come by”), and shelf-stable hams (ham that is canned or otherwise does not need refrigeration).
Neighbor Brigade is a 501©3 non-profit volunteer organization launched in 2010 that mobilizes a network of local volunteers to assist their neighbors going through temporary crises manage day to day to tasks. Services such as rides to appointments, meals, and help with errands during an illness, as well as providing dog walks following an accident or surgery are fulfilled by volunteers. There is no charge or cost associated to families and individuals receiving support.
The Brigade has chapters in towns throughout the northeast and there are over 250 volunteers standing by to assist Bedford neighbors in need. Since its inception the Bedford Chapter alone has helped over 700 families.
To become a volunteer and receive information about the collection and Neighbor Brigade, people can sign up at https://app.betterimpact.com/PublicOrganization/86d1d0f0-1088-4f97-8288-1f7dfa8d8f26/1
Or reach out directly to Amy Mason at [email protected] or 781-526-5269 with questions.
Please note, the Bedford Food Pantry is not accepting food or other donations at this timedirectly from residents. Monetary contributions can be made through https://www.bedfordfoodpantry.org/.