SOUTHWICK, Mass. (WWLP) – Representative Nick Boldyga and Senator-Elect Paul Mark, along with community leaders and officials, toured different towns in the district on Monday.
The tour ended with a $150,000 check given to the Southwick Civic Fund for their Regional Food Pantry program, according to a news release sent to 22News from the Office of State Representative Nick Boldyga.
Representative Nick Boldyga was just re-elected to his 7th term in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Senator-Elect Mark was elected to his 1st term in the Massachusetts Senate, after serving six terms in the House. Each of their districts shares several towns, such as Chester, Granville, Huntington, Middlefield, Southwick, and Tolland.
“We know costs are going up, we know things are expensive, we know there’s a lot of need out there,” said Senator-Elect Mark.
Their tour on Monday began in Huntington at The Village Closet where they met with the staff for the nonprofit “It Takes a Village” which serves thousands of families in western Massachusetts. The organization provides free postpartum and early parenting support.
They then visited the Blandford Country Store where they stopped for a coffee and met with the business owner. Then they continued the tour with Town Administrator Christopher Dunn and other officials.
Their last stop on Monday was Southwick where they presented a $150,000 check to the Southwick Civic Fund in the old church building. The money was secured in the Economic Development bill that was just signed into law in November.
“There’s a great need here in western Massachusetts, especially in Southwick… in the hill towns,” said State Rep. Boldyga.
The regional food pantry program also benefits from having a 200-year-old church in the center of Southwick serving as an extension of the food pantry program.
Joe Deedey, President of the Southwick Civic Fund, told 22News, “It can’t go away, it just can’t. So we got involved to save the church, we’re going to continue using the church as it is. It’s open to anyone who needs to use it.”