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Merrimack Valley Food Bank serves free lunches

The Lowell Sun Updated:   07/19/2016 06:37:45 AM EDT LOWELL — The Merrimack Valley Food Bank is sponsoring the USDA Summer Food Service Program at multiple locations throughout the city on weekdays through Aug. 17. The summer lunch program provides lunches to children involved in activities at city parks, recreational centers, summer school programs and […]

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Concord’s Jericho Road Project raises $72K

Posted Mar. 22, 2016 at 3:23 PM CONCORD The Jericho Road Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to community strengthening and development through talent-matching partnerships with professional volunteers, raised over $72,000 at its annual spring fundraising gala, Bridges to Change. More than 200 local philanthropists, public officials, heads of business and finance, entertainers and other guests […]

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Notre Dame Academy students collect a ton for Merrimack Valley Food Bank

TYNGSBORO — A hallmark of an Academy of Notre Dame education is a commitment to community service. One of the ways NDA students, faculty and administration demonstrate that commitment is with the school’s annual food drive. This year, more than 1,740 pounds of nonperishable food items were collected and delivered to the Merrimack Valley Food […]

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Food bank seeks more state funding

By Amelia Pak-Harvey LOWELL — The Merrimack Valley Food Bank is lobbying for an extra $3 million in next year’s budget for the Massachusetts Emergency Food Assistance Program, stressing that the need for food banks across the state remains high. About 37 percent of people in need across the state do not qualify for government […]

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Hellenic American Academy in Lowell collects for Merrimack Valley Food Bank

The Lowell Sun UPDATED:   01/17/2016 06:36:46 AM EST   Students at Hellenic American Academy in Lowell recently collected food to support the Merrimack Valley Food Bank. Front row, from left, are kindergartners Mason Hazel-Fookes, Nicholas Gannon, Alexandra Stathopoulos, Emilia Kaliviotis, George Grillakis, Melina Kanavou, Melchizedek Keo-Van, Angeliki Paraschou, Madyson Morkhantha and Madeline Lyon. Back […]

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Charities have always taken center stage

The Lowell Sun UPDATED:   01/06/2016 01:27:44 PM EST LOWELL — The John Harrington-Mary Costello family owned The Sun for more than 100 years and were always mindful of being good corporate citizens The Sun was founded in 1878 by John H. Harrington and his newspaper was to be the voice for Irish Catholic Democrats. […]

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Food bank charity of choice:

Fred C. Church Inc.’s 2015 charity of choice was the Merrimack Valley Food Bank with more than 80 employees contributing through a payroll deduction program. For many years Fred C. Church has offered its employees a payroll deduction program for charitable giving. In recent years, the agency has supported individual local charities such as The […]

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JDCU’s Mark Cochran: a true ‘partner’

Posted by sunthecolumn on June 26th, 2015 When the Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union bid adieu to president/CEO Paul Mayotte in 2007, it had some big shoes to fill. Mayotte was synonymous with the venerable credit union and was a true ‘partner’ in Lowell’s now famous ‘public-private’ partnership. The credit union hired Mark Cochran. Cochran, by […]

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Wine benefit helps Merrimack Valley Food Bank fill shelves

By Dennis Shaughnessey, Sun Correspondent UPDATED:   05/05/2015 07:10:28 AM EDT LOWELL — As it is in almost every household everywhere, so it is with the Merrimack Valley Food Bank; the cupboard shelves do not replenish themselves. But if the past nine years are any indication, Thursday night’s 10th Annual Grape Expectations, which will be […]

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State Lawmakers Support Increased Funding for Food Banks

Friday morning, several state legislators pledged their support for increasing state funding to the Massachusetts Emergency Food Assistance Program (MEFAP) at a legislative open house hosted by the Merrimack Valley Food Bank. “You had me at hello,” said Sen. Eileen Donoghue (D-Lowell). “The work you do is so important and MEFAP is critical. I support […]

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