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RACHEL’S TABLE TALK: Foodraiser, 2013

RACHEL’S TABLE TALK: Foodraiser, 2013

 

By Mickey Shrair
Contributing writer

LONGMEADOW – The Longmeadow Big Y will be a busy place on Sunday, November tenth, between the hours of 10 a. m. and noon. Please join in the fun as the store’s employees and customers will partner with Rachel’s Table in the seventh annual Big Y—Rachel’s Table “Foodraiser, a shopping competition to help feed the hungry. You can stop by for a few minutes, spend a few dollars and have the opportunity to do a good deed! If you can’t make it to Big Y that day, you can send a tax- deductible contribution to Rachel’s Table and a teen team will shop for you.
New England Orthopedic Surgeons and Plastic Packaging Corporation generously sponsor the event, providing opportunity for the Rachel’s Table Teen Board to recruit even more teen participants to shop. The Teen Board, made up of students from many nearby towns, work year-round to alleviate childhood hunger and educate youth about local hunger. These young people glean the fields of area farmers, providing pounds of fresh produce, volunteer at soup kitchens, distribute nutritious snacks to children and will organize their second Outrun Hunger 5K in the spring. Now those same teens have lent their talents to help put together the “Foodraiser,” and they are recruiting a large number of teams to shop at the event.
Shoppers will use Big Y coins, specials and coupons in an attempt to purchase the most food for the least amount of money. Teams and individuals have the freedom to spend as much or as little as they wish. All the food purchased will be donated directly to The Open Pantry and Providence Ministries. Trucks from both agencies will be on hand to transport the food.
The $5 entry fee per person includes a t-shirt and refreshments, and there will be prizes awarded for various categories of savings. If you are unable to join in the fun on November tenth, you can still help us and be a virtual shopper by sponsoring an individual or a team with a tax-deductible donation.
To learn more about the “Foodraiser” or to register, please contact Debbie Rubenstein at 733-0084 or drubenstein@jewishwesternmass.org.
Rachel’s Table is a project of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts and WWLP-TV22. Volunteer dispatchers contact area retailers, restaurants and caterers to learn what food is available. They then contact local agencies to determine their needs, and put together routes for the volunteer drivers who pick up and deliver the food. To learn more about us, contact our director, Debbie, as mentioned above or check out our website, www.rachelstablespringfield.org.