West Newbury Police to Participate in Food Drive Kick-Off for Community Donation Center

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West Newbury Police Department
Art Reed, Chief of Police
401 Main St.
West Newbury, MA 01985

For Immediate Release

Friday, March 17, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Office: 978-971-8101
Email: [email protected]

West Newbury Police to Participate in Food Drive Kick-Off for Community Donation Center

WEST NEWBURY — Chief Art Reed is pleased to announce that the West Newbury Police Department is collecting food and toiletries for the town’s first Community Donation Center.

Organized by Pentucket Regional High School sophomore student Tim Beech as part of his Eagle Scout Project, with assistance from the Friends of the Council on Aging, the center is designed to provide a sustainable location for residents in need to pick up a variety of grocery and household items.

The center will be located on the main floor of the 1910 Building, 381 Main St. in West Newbury, and open during Town Hall business hours, by appointment through Theresa Woodbury at the Council On Aging. Woodbury can be reached by e-mail at coa@wnewbury.org, or by phone at 978-363-1104.

To celebrate the grand opening, a food drive will be held on Saturday, April 8, from 9-11 a.m. at the 1910 Building. During the event, West Newbury Police will ask residents to fill a cruiser with goods to ensure the center is fully stocked. Citizens are encouraged to bring perishable items, as the new center now has a freezer and refrigerator available for storage needs.

Additionally, leading up to the event, community members can donate items to the West Newbury Police Department, 401 Main St., and the Senior Center, which is also located at the 1910 Building at 381 Main St. Both have been designated as drop-off locations for donations.

Food items that are needed include soups, vegetables, pasta, pasta sauce, macaroni and cheese, beef stew and frozen dinners, along with toiletries like paper towels, toilet paper, napkins, shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste and cleaning supplies.

“We are always happy and willing to be involved in community initiatives,” Chief Reed said. “The Community Donation Center is going to be a great resource for residents in need and I commend Tim for bringing this idea to life.”