Blaine Cox, City Manager
31 Wakefield Street
Rochester, NH 03867
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Media Contact: Jordan Mayblum
Email: [email protected]
Volunteers Take Time Out to Deliver Food to Rochester’s Seniors
ROCHESTER — Earlier this month, a group of community-focused volunteers stepped up to help support the Rochester Housing Authority’s food delivery program.
Members of Woven Community Development and SOS Recovery Community Organization (SOSRCO) were among a large group that volunteered on Tuesday, March 5, to bring food to seniors in need.
What started as an effort to provide food to just three people has evolved, with the growth in volunteers allowing the participating groups to serve more than 100 people. The Food Commodity Delivery is a collaborative effort among RHA volunteers, Goodwin Community Health, The Food Commodity Program, Woven CDA, SOSRCO, and the Commons Church. The Food Commodity Program is administered by the federal government.
The volunteers even counted a boy under the age of 5, who pitched in by placing flyers into boxes delivered to recipients. In all, volunteers delivered 150 boxes containing food like pasta, cereal, canned meats and soups along with other non-perishables.
“Our community is blessed by these folks with big hearts who gave a few hours on a Tuesday morning to help those living on the margins,” Woven Executive Director Leah Roth said. “Many of our seniors live on tight budgets and this program helps them make ends meet.”
The deliveries take place on the first Tuesday morning of every other month, with the next delivery taking place on May 7.
Woven is a multifaceted organization that aims to revitalize the community through active engagement, envisioning a community transformed by neighbors creating opportunities for themselves and others. It aims to facilitate connections between churches, nonprofits, city leaders and residents to address the diverse needs of the community. For more info about Woven go to wovencity.org.
Those interested in signing up to receive deliveries can call the Rochester Housing Authority and ask for John Kennedy to learn about eligibility.