WEST NEWBURY — Superintendent Justin Bartholomew announces that Our Neighbors’ Table, a nonprofit based out of Amesbury, has come forward to partner with the district to supply groceries to families in need during the evolving COVID-19 situation.
The nonprofit, established in 1992, is a regional food stability network that helps provide meals and groceries to families in need in West Newbury, Merrimac, Groveland and other area communities.
While schools are closed, Pentucket Regional School District and Our Neighbors’ Table will host a free curbside market at Dr. Frederick N. Sweetsir School, 104 Church St, Merrimac from 9:30- 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 21.
The market will provide groceries to families in need from the towns that the organization services, no questions asked. Any family or individual in need of groceries should go to to www.ourneighborstable.org/Merrimacorder before 9 a.m. Friday or they can call 978-388-1907.
Pentucket Regional School District is also partnering with Whittier Tech to prepare boxed lunches and breakfast for daily curbside pickup. There will be two locations for pickup for each weekday during the closure starting on Wednesday, March 18. Pick up hours will be 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Pentucket Regional Middle School, 20 Main St, West Newbury or Sweetsir School, 104 Church St, Merrimac.
A staff member will approach your car window and please indicate how many children’s meals are needed for the day. The staff member will return to your car with the meals. Each family from any of the three towns may have the number of meals for each child age 18 and under residing in their household. If any family is not able to come to pick up and is in significant need please contact Assistant Superintendent, Brent Conway at [email protected]
“We are thankful for the hardworking individuals at Our Neighbors’ Table for stepping up to help our community in this time of need,” Superintendent Bartholomew said. “At a time when social distancing might make us feel that it’s hard to help one another, Our Neighbors’ Table is setting an example. Pentucket families that want to help are encouraged to consider donating to this organization, something you can do from your own home.”
Residents looking to help can donate funds online at Our Neighbors’ Table’s website. The organization is not currently seeking food donations. Those looking to make a monetary donation without access to a computer can call 978-388-1907.