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Elizabeth Clay, Director of Grassroots Governance

This morning I had the opportunity to join Governor Patrick, Secretary Greg Bialecki, fellow state employees and young people from Boston’s Year Up Program volunteering at the Greater Boston Food Bank, sorting cans of food to be distributed throughout Eastern Massachusetts.

We sorted and packed 11,500 pounds of food which will feed over 8,000 people. The sorted cans were all from ‘Canstruction,’ a design/build competition where teams of architects, engineers and students compete to design and build giant structures made entirely from full cans of food.

Prior to sorting canned goods, the Governor loaded 160 turkeys and other Thanksgiving items into the churches van, to be distributed at the Twelfth Baptist Church Food Pantry for the upcoming holiday.

With the economic crisis across the country, a recent report on nationwide hunger alerts us that food insecurity is an urgent matter. As we enter into the season of giving, there are still lots of opportunities to volunteer in your community. The four Mass. regional food banks are always accepting donations and volunteers, or check out www.mass.gov/connectandserve to find service opportunities today!

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