ROWLEY — Fire Chief James Broderick and Police Chief Scott Dumas are pleased to announce that their departments are hosting a fundraiser to benefit the Rowley Food Pantry this weekend.
With a spike in unemployment nationally due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for services from organizations like the Rowley Food Pantry has likewise increased significantly. To help the Food Pantry fulfill the needs of residents, Rowley Police and Fire are partnering to collect donations that will directly benefit the organization.
On Sunday, June 14, from 9 -11 a.m., first responders will be on-hand at the Rowley Fire Station, 473 Haverhill St., collecting monetary donations that will directly benefit the Food Pantry. Residents are asked not to bring food to donate, as space is limited at the Food Pantry, so staff purchase food from area stores on an as-needed basis.
Residents can bring a check payable to the Rowley Food Pantry, as well as Market Basket gift cards. Residents are asked to place gift cards in an envelope with their name and mailing address.
Due to precautions meant to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, residents are asked to drive through by entering through the main entrance between the police and fire stations and exit by driving behind the fire station. A police officer or firefighter will collect donations. Residents are encouraged to wear a mask or face covering.
“We’re eager to help the Food Pantry fill a critical need during a difficult time,” Chief Dumas said.
“This is an easy way for our department to help support the community during an unprecedented time of need, and we invite residents to come out and give whatever they can,” Chief Broderick said.
Residents and businesses that donate $100 or more will be mentioned in a thank-you message on the Fire Department’s Facebook page.
For more information, go to rowleyfire.org.
For more information about the Rowley Food Pantry, located at 153 Main St., visit Rowleyfoodpantry.org/.