Ward 19 endorses an Act of Service – a food drive to support local food pantries

This week we celebrate the Inauguration of President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Vice-President Kamala Harris and welcome the incoming Biden/Harris administration. The Ward 19 Democratic Committee encourages you to join in the celebration. Many residents of Ward 19 have worked relentlessly for this victory and now we hope that ALL will participate in the celebration.

The Biden/Harris Inauguration consists of five days of events – mostly virtual.  On Monday, January 18th (MLK, Jr. Day) it encourages us to participate in a Day of Service.  Therefore the Ward 19 Democratic Committee (JP/Roslindale) is endorsing a campaign to support our local food pantries – the First Baptist Church in J.P. Food Pantry serving 300 families and the Roslindale Congregational Church Food Pantry serving 100 families and 150 elders. We encourage you to join in. 

Both Food Pantries state that their greatest need in the middle of winter is fresh produce – kale, swiss chard, sweet potatoes, berries, etc.  The food pantry campaign invites cash donations that will be used to bulk purchase requested fresh produce for delivery next week and beyond. 

Let’s be creative. So far: 

· Several Ward 19 members committed a portion of their covid relief check

· Another member is donating $46 in honor of the 46th President

· A member committed a portion of funds she intended to spend going to the Inauguration in D.C.

· Another committed what she would spend on coffee in a week if she was not working at home

Contributions of any size are welcome – 100% will be used to bulk purchase fresh produce for these food pantries! 

Please contribute by 5 pm on Wednesday, January 20th:

Via Venmo to @David-Ofsevit for Inauguration Food Drive (David is Co-Chair of Ward 19)


Via Paypal to ofsevit@alum.mit.edu


Via snailmail with checks made out to David Ofsevit mailed to 509 Centre St. Apt. 1, J.P. MA  02130

or contact Esther Kaplan at EKap1222@gmail.com to arrange for pick-up

If you prefer, sealed packages of rice and cans/jars of peanut butter, tuna, tomato sauce, beans and soup can be donated in a bin in the outer lobby of Curtis Hall (opposite the Monument). All donations will be delivered to these two food pantries.

Let’s join together as one community to enter a new era of good health and social equity with a government that works for all of us. Please share this with your networks.

For more information, contact: Esther Kaplan at EKap1222@gmail.com


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