We want to share a couple of opportunities with you for food assistance that are being offered to Veterans and/or their surviving spouses. First, the Melrose-Wakefield-Saugus Veterans’ Services Offices partner with the Greater Boston Food Bank to provide food to Veterans and their surviving spouses on the third Wednesday of each month. The food market is generally held at the Saugus Senior Center, but given the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently offering a contact-free, drive-thru food pantry at Memorial Hall on Main Street in Melrose. If you are unable to pick-up, some limited deliveries may be available. This offering is year round. Please call the Saugus Veterans’ Service Office at 781-231-4010 or e-mail [email protected] in order to register. Proof of Veteran status is required.
In addition, there is now another offering for food assistance on the North Shore. Many of you may have heard about the food distribution for Veterans that was held recently at Gillette Stadium. In order to make this more accessible to Veterans on the North Shore, the Veterans Northeast Outreach Center and Massachusetts Military Support Foundation Food4Vets are bringing the food drive to the North Shore and Merrimack Valley! They have partnered together with local VSOs to offer assistance to Massachusetts Veterans experiencing limited access to food due to COVID 19. They will be holding drive-through food distribution events on Wednesdays beginning this week on April 22nd, 2020 in Haverhill. Distributions will be held on alternate weeks at Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill, and North Shore Community College in Danvers. The distribution will take place in the college parking lots.
Veterans will need to pre-register using the respective Danvers and Haverhill links below.
Wed. 4/22/2020 Northern Essex Community College Haverhill, MA
Wed. 4/29/2020 North Shore Community College Danvers, MA
Wed. 5/6/2020 Northern Essex Community College Haverhill, MA
Wed. 5/13/2020 North Shore Community College Danvers, MA
If you are a Melrose, Wakefield or Saugus Veteran and are unable to pick up food in either Haverhill or Danvers, please register and then contact Melrose Veterans’ Services at [email protected] or [email protected] to arrange delivery assistance.