Peterborough’s UCC Monday night to-go meals are available to anyone in need

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Published: 1/18/2021 5:12:50 PM

The Union Congregational Church in Peterborough has distributed as many as 100 free to-go meals on Monday nights, but pastor Bob Marrone believes the community need is even greater than the requests they’ve seen.

Monday night community suppers are a 20-year tradition at the church, Marrone said, and the church switched over to to-go meals in September after a several-month hiatus due to the pandemic.

Anyone can request a Monday night meal, Marrone said. “Many come who could easily afford their own meals but come to make contact and brighten their lives,” he said of the community suppers. 

Need is likely greater than the varying number of people requesting to-go meals, he said. Why? For one, the church also supports End 68 Hours of Hunger, which is currently providing food to 160 food-insecure kids in the ConVal School district. “If there’s 160 kids in the school district that are food insecure, why are we sending out 80 to 100 [meals] on a Monday?” he said. “And that’s only families with children.”

“There already was a great deal of need and all of whats happened in the last year has made it even more difficult for people who are at the edge,” Marrone said, recalling a woman from Weare who recently requested a single meal for her and her three kids, which UCC volunteers quickly upgraded to two meals per family member. “When somebody is willing to accept one meal for four people, they’re in trouble,” he said. That woman is not the only person Marrone knows who needs food, but struggles to make the pick-up due to other even more pressing concerns. Marrone said the UCC is committed to helping serve locals with food needs in any way they can.

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