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ASHLAND – Town of Ashland Community Center continues to respond to the continued increase in requests for food assistance and is honored that Shaw’s and Star Market Foundation is helping.

The Town of Ashland announced today, March 17, the Community Center received a $9,700 grant of gift cards from the Shaw’s and Star Market’s Holiday Nourishing Neighbors Community Relief Initiative.

“Our Community Center looks forward to sharing these gift cards with our food pantry patrons. We are so grateful for this contribution to our local food pantry. We happily accept this donation so our community members find relief. These gift cards allow individuals to purchase essentials, like sanitary and hygiene products, which are not covered by other benefits,” said Jennifer Wuelfing, Director of Human Services and Social Worker for the Town of Ashland.

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The Town of Ashland Community Center serves hundreds of community members through the Human Services Department, Recreation Department, and Elder Services Department.

The Human Services Department oversees the local food pantry, serving hundreds of local residents on a weekly basis.

The food pantry survives on donations from generous community groups and organizations. These donations help serve the most vulnerable members of the community.

Shaw’s and Star Market’s Holiday fundraiser was established to help local community organizations with hunger prevention programs.

The donation of gift cards will be used to support local organizations providing meals to school children, seniors, and others in need of assistance.

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Programs eligible for funding can include (but are not limited to) support for:

  • emergency meal distribution programs for students
  • families in need through gift cards or food distribution
  • providing meals and food to seniors

“We are grateful for our customers and associates who were committed throughout the holiday season to help fight hunger in our communities,” said Rob Backus, Shaw’s and Star Market President. “Joining us in our efforts are local hunger relief organizations like the Town of Ashland Community Center who work and volunteer year-round to help provide food and meals to our neighbors in need.”

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Throughout the five New England states, there are 150 Shaw’s and Star Market store locations employing approximately 19,000 employees. A Shaw’s supermarket is located in Ashland on Route 126.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.