Haggerty secures $15,000 in funding for Woburn Food Pantry

BOSTON – State Representative Richard M. Haggerty (D-Woburn) has successfully secured $15,000 in state funding for the Woburn Council for Social Concern’s (WCSC) Food Pantry to help address food insecurity issues due to the 2019 novel coronavirus pandemic.

“Food insecurity continues to be a very difficult issue affecting our community, it is my hope that these resources will assist the food pantry in providing the support that individuals and families need,” said Representative Haggerty. “As we deal with the economic fallout of COVID-19 we must be mindful of the everyday challenges faced by our friends and neighbors.”

Richard Haggerty was able to successfully advocate to insert the funding into a $1.1 billion supplemental budget designed to help Massachusetts leverage federal funding for costs related to the state’s COVID-19 response. House Bill 4808, An Act making appropriations for the fiscal year 2020 to authorize certain COVID-19 spending in anticipation of federal reimbursement, was enacted in the House and Senate on July 16 and was recently signed into law by Governor Charlie Baker.

The WCSC’s Food Pantry is in need of critical donations to help our neighbors in need during the COVID-19 crisis. For more information on how you can help keep the shelves stocked during this difficult time by donating, call (781) 935-6495 or email Paula Matthews directly at paula@socialconcern.org. WCSC’s Food Pantry hours are (by appointment):

• Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:45am – 12pm and 1:30-3pm.
• Wednesday Evenings from 6-7pm

If you cannot make an appointment, Emergency boxes are available Monday – Friday from 9am – 4:30 pm. Monetary donations are also welcome, and can be made at www.socialconcern.org.