Free Community Shredding Event hosted by 22News to help local food pantry

Hampden County

 As part of Saturday’s 22News Free Community Shredding Event, you’re asked to bring a non-perishable food item to help families in need. 

One in 8 children struggles with hunger, and an estimated four million people in Massachusetts don’t have enough to eat. 

On Saturday morning, you’re encouraged to bring any sensitive documents to be shredded the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield.

You’re also encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item, which will be donated to the Open Pantry Emergency Food Services in Springfield. 

The food pantry has been providing for people in need since 1975. They serve nearly 150 families daily and are asking for any donation. 

In June 2017, the food pantry performed more than 13,000 service visits, providing food for nearly 30,000 people. Nearly half of them were children.

A non-perishable food item will help that child, or that entire family that’s in need to fill in that gap that they might have because they can’t go to the grocery store,” Emergency Food Pantry Director, Annie Reenix said. 

The event is a part of our Founder’s Day of Caring. The 22News-sponsored event will be held Saturday morning from 8:30 until noon.

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