2018 Mayflower Marathon food drive kicks off in Springfield

Hampden County

Bax and O’Brien’s annual Mayflower Marathon kicked off at the Basketball Hall of Fame. The Rock 102.1 radio hosts will broadcast for 52 hours straight, collecting non-perishable food items and monetary donations for the Open Pantry of Springfield. 

“We believe in our community,” said Springfield resident Dean Baiardi, who dropped off a donation on Monday morning. “We like to support the people that need it, especially during the holidays.” 

The goal of the Mayflower Marathon is to fill three trailers with food for the Open Pantry. An average of 140 families and 75 individuals use the pantry daily. Development Director Kim Kennedy told 22News the pantry needs proteins like tuna and peanut butter. 

“When people are thinking, ‘Well, it’s Thanksgiving, I’ll drop off a Thanksgiving dinner,’ that’s great! But, people also have to eat non-turkey every now and then,” said Mike Baxendale, one half of Bax and O’Brien. 

Kennedy said the Mayflower Marathon should stock the pantry all the way until February. 

 “Last year, we distributed over 935-thousand pounds of food,” said Kennedy. “This is essential to or program.”

The Mayflower Marathon will continue until 10 a.m. on Wednesday, November 21.

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