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April 24, 2014

Emmaus Inc. looks to help the hungry

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This is the 17th year the Feinstein Foundation will divide $1 million among U.S. agencies fighting hunger. The foundation only matches donations given during March and April for this challenge.

Partnerships and contributions were acknowledged during volunteer service days on April 11 and 12. During those two service days, volunteers from throughout the area sorted, counted and stacked food donations and contributed to other projects to help clean and beautify the Emmaus food bank.

Three AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) workers spent the last seven months working in various roles at Emmaus and are coordinating the Spring Food-a-Thon and volunteer service days with support from Emmaus staff members. AmeriCorps VISTA is a service program designated to fight poverty in America by capacity building at their project site or organization.

“Emmaus is delighted to have attracted three bright and enthusiastic young women to spend their year of service focused on supporting Emmaus’ work in the community,” said Gretchen Arntz, chief development officer for Emmaus Inc.

The VISTA volunteers, Alexandra Elwell, Alison Lee and Gabriella Berger, provided local organizations with a “wish list” featuring healthier food items such as brown rice, low sodium soups and all natural juices. Perishable items such as fresh fruits and vegetables are always needed.

To request a donation box, mason jar or to volunteer, please call 978-241-3412.

Founded in 1985, Emmaus Inc. is a nonprofit organization devoted to helping families and individuals rebuild their lives. It is the largest provider of emergency shelter in Essex County. Emmaus offers meals, transitional and permanent housing, job training, and support services to those in need through programs — Emmaus Family House, Mitch’s Place, Gilead House, Bethel Transitional Apartments, Bethel Business Center, Jericho House, Evergreen Place, Emerson Street Apartments, Winter Street Housing, and the Housing Assistance Program.

Emmaus feeds 250 people daily in its programs. In 2013, Emmaus served nearly 80,000 meals. Help Emmaus provide even more to those in need.

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