Letter to the Editor

‘Neighbor to Neighbor’ on Halloween

Dear Editor,

Harvest on Vine emergency food pantry began in 2003, as one of St. Mary-St. Catherine’s social ministry efforts. The parish identified food insecurity as a major issue in the community, especially among children, and we went to work to address it.

The pantry started with seven families. Today we serve 751 families that comprise more than 2,200 Charlestown residents. Harvest on Vine gives each family a week’s worth of groceries each month, regardless of religious affiliation.

Many of us refer to Charlestown as a village, and as such, we work together as good neighbors. With this in mind, Harvest on Vine is launching a new tradition this Halloween called “Neighbor to Neighbor.”

We are asking Charlestown residents attending the Halloween festivities to bring a box of cereal or other nonperishable item to the Bunker Hill Monument Museum, where we will have a table set up to collect food from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

We invite both children and parents to support our “Neighbor to Neighbor” initiative. If each family donates one item, the pantry shelves will be filled for our next distribution. You can make a difference, one can or one box at a time. 

Harvest on Vine emergency food pantry is located in the former St. Catherine of Siena annex building on Vine Street. To learn more about the food pantry, please call me at 617.990.7314 or email me at  [email protected].

I thank Ann Kelleher and Toby Goldstein for starting and leading this wonderful effort. 

Tom MacDonald and friends

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