Photo: A wagon of groceries to the pantry
On the Columbus Day holiday Monday, hundreds of Belmont adults, teens and kids will get up early and clean, hack, lug, paint, sort, plant and grab countless bags of groceries waiting on front stoops.
For the eighth time, Belmont will come out to give back to the community in the most fundamental ways as residents take part in the annual Belmont Serves.
Everyone is invited to attend this day of service.
Sponsored by the Belmont Religious Council, Belmont Serves will send volunteers heading off to locations around town where maintenance, gardening, and a quick paint job will do the world of good.
The most popular task is driving along streets to pick up grocery pages of can food, baking goods and sundries that will help fill the shelves of the temporary locaton of the Belmont Food Pantry – at 1000 Pleasant St. – during a critical time before the holidays.
The other tasks are:
- Conservation projects at Lone Tree Hill (former McLean property)
- Clay Pit Pond clean-up and improvements
- Burbank School grounds: gardening and spreading wood chips
- Butler School grounds: gardening
- Sorting clothes to be donated to refugees (Plymouth Church)
- Fence painting at Grove Street park
The event starts and finishes at St. Joseph’s Parish Hall at the corner of Common and School streets. The schedule for the day is:
8:30 a.m.: Volunteers sign-in at the Parish Hall.
9 a.m.: Service project begin.
Noon: Projects end.
12:30 p.m.: Pizza and ice cream celebration at the Parish Hall.
How to donate to the Belmont Food Pantry on Belmont Serves day
Grocery bags with instructions will be placed on doorsteps througout the town a few days before Belmont Serves.
Please leave non-perishable food donations on your front porch for pick up on Monday Oct. 10 by 8:30 a.m.
Please make sure bag is visible from the street
Food: canned foods, juice, sugar, flour, salt, baking/cake mixes, pancake mix, syrup
Household items: toilet paper, facial tissue, tooth paste, tooth brushes, deodorant, soap, dishwashing detergent, laundry detergent, sanitary napkins, razors, etc.
PLEASE CHECK FOOD EXPIRATION DATES, WE CANNOT TAKE EXPIRED FOOD.