It was 30 years ago now that a couple neighbors got together to form a food co-op to help local families buy food at a discount. When they realized that some of their neighbors couldn't afford that food, more gathered to help form the Weymouth Food Pantry. The Food Pantry has grown to help nearly 1,000 local families at any one time (who needs assistance is always shifting as people find their way out of poverty while others get laid off, etc.). At its core, however, the organization is still the same: it's about neighbors helping neighbors– about a vision of Weymouth in which every family can sit down to dinner together at night without worry about where the food will come from. It's about #neighborlove.
Leading up to Valentine's Day, the Food Pantry will offer invitations (via social media) to engage our neighbors with kindness. In order to live in the sort of caring community in which nobody goes without, we have to get to know our neighbors and our neighborhoods. We call this our #neighborlove project and certainly hope you'll join in!
Look for the posts on social media as well as the in-person Community Soup Supper on Thursday, February 23, hosted by Old South Union Church. Bring a bowl, bring your family, bring your neighbors, bring an open heart, and drop in anytime between 5:00 and 7:30 p.m. for a warm bowl of soup (free!) and lively conversation with friends new and old.