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Helping Neighbors Newsletter, October 2022

See you at the Harvest Fair on Sunday!


Hello Neighbors,

Fall is here and we are looking forward to meeting you at Sunday’s Harvest Fair. Plus, we need volunteers to pick up and deliver food and stock the Freedge. Finally, check out The Monologue Project: Renters’ Edition.


Meet the Newton Neighbors Team at the Harvest Fair

Bring donations for school kids and the Freedge!

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We heard from our social worker partners that, due to rising food costs, families are struggling to purchase lunchbox snacks. Here at Newton Neighbors we would like to do something about this! We will be at the Harvest Fair on October 16 from 11am to 4pm. Stop by our table to say hello, ask questions about Newton, and donate non-perishable foods and other essential items to fill school lunchboxes and the Newton Community Freedge.

Help us collect these five types of items:

  • Individually wrapped snacks (granola bars, cereal bars, protein bars, goldfish, pretzels, etc.)

  • Pasta and sauce (plastic containers preferred to glass)

  • Dried beans

  • Rice

  • Toothpaste

  • Soaps (bar soap, hand soap, body wash, shampoo, conditioner)

OR DONATE $5 to Newton Neighbors. All donations will be used to purchase items for this drive.

Bulk Food Delivery

NN’s bulk food delivery program is looking for short- and long-term volunteers to join us in delivering fresh produce from local food rescue organizations to MetroWest and South Area food pantries. Help bridge that last link in the distribution chain and provide good food to so many who need it. Commitments range from once in a while to once every 4-6 weeks, or even more. Please reach out to us at newtonneighborshelping@gmail.com to volunteer or find out more.


Food Pantry Delivery: Looking for Volunteers for October and November

We are looking for volunteers to help us deliver from food pantries in Newton to families who are unable to access the pantries themselves. We need drivers for October and November!


Delivery usually takes about an hour to complete. You can sign up to deliver during one or more of the following times:

  • Wednesday afternoons from Newton Food Pantry, pick up food at assigned times between 12:15 - 2:45pm.

  • The 3rd Friday of the month from the American Legion Nonantum Post 440 Mobile Food Bank, pick up food 9 - 9:15am before the pantry opens to the public

  • The first Saturday of the month from Centre Street Food Pantry, pick up food between 1:30 - 2:30pm after the pantry is open to the public. (In September it is the second Saturday.)


Freedge

Every Thursday volunteers from Newton Neighbors pick up and deliver food to the Freedge from the Newton Food Pantry and business partners like Sweet Tomatoes, Tatte, and Sandwich Works. Our volunteers ensure that the Freedge is clean and organized. If you’d like to get involved with our Freedge team, we’d love to have you on board! We have slots available for October and November.



If you have food or personal care items to donate to the Freedge, you can take them directly to the Freedge at 420 Watertown Street (in the parking lot of Central Drapery and Dry Cleaning) or drop them off at 174 Oliver Road, Waban.

The Monologue Project: Renters’ Edition

Saturday, October 29, 4:oo pm

Saint John's Episcopal Church in Newton, 96 Otis Street


Newton Theatre Company’s beloved Monologue Project is back and shining a spotlight on renters in Newton. Join your neighbors for an afternoon of stories about the reality of renting a home in Newton – the good, the bad, and the bemusing. Stick around after the show for a productive conversation about how we can make our city accessible for all members of our community.




Thanks as always, Neighbors! Enjoy the beautiful fall weather, and see you at the Harvest Fair!


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