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SOUTHBOSTONONLINE.COM THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2016

Giving Thanks Together In Our Community

Pictured L-R: Susan LaPaglia, South Boston Community Health Center, Alaina Coppola, Massport’s Senior Manager of Charitable Giving Programs & Colleen Catoggio, RN, South Boston Community Health Center

This week, families and friends throughout the Boston area will gather to give thanks for each other – and the food that symbolizes our national holiday of Thanksgiving. From turkey and stuffing, to cranberries and pumpkin pie, most of us are fortunate enough to enjoy full tables. The Greater Boston Food Bank reports that hunger affects one in nine Eastern Massachusetts residents. And nearly half earn too much to qualify for government assistance. This year, Massport is pleased to provide food donations to three programs in our community: Crossroads Family Center in East Boston; Winthrop Community Food Pantry; and South Boston Community Health Center Food Pantry. Combined, these three organizations serve more than 700 families and individuals each month. Their support can mean the difference between paying for heat and having a meal on the table. As we enter the holiday season, we are reminded that programs like these and many others provide critical assistance year round to the most vulnerable members of our community. South Boston Community Health Center Food Pantry provides assistance to patients of the health center, and receives approximately 400 visits each month. South Boston Community Health Center Food Pantry 409 West Broadway, South Boston 617-269-7500 www.sbchc.org

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