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Peabody Food Pantry Gets Creative To Feed Families

By Kate Merrill, WBZ-TV
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BOSTON (CBS) — Donna Whalen lives on a fixed income and times have been tough lately. With the rough winter, most of her bills have gone to heating her home. That’s why the Peabody woman needs help to get food on her table. She has been going to Haven from Hunger food bank since the fall to get the food she needs.

“This is such fantastic spaghetti sauce, that’s why I’m getting it again,” Donna said recently as she picked up food.

At Haven from Hunger in Peabody, they service 1,500 clients every month and they have to be creative about how they get their donations.

“It’s all about food rescue. Many things are being thrown out every day- it’s all fine food nothing wrong with it,” said Executive Director Alyse Barbash.

At the Danvers Olive Garden David Perry prepares extra food for pick up

“We will take our meat sauce here and put it into the bags” says David

The Darden Company donates food company-wide to local food banks at all their restaurants.

“They are not leftovers by any means, they are fresh lasagnas. Maybe we put an extra one in the oven we didn’t need or extra gallons of soup,” David said.

Haven for Hunger trucks go and get the food every night at area restaurants. It is the secret to their survival.

“We all go out and make relationships with these restaurants, so that they can come in and see what we do and say we have leftovers that we throw out that can be used for viable meals,” Barbash says.

The pantry goes to more than a dozen places every morning to grab extra food and it means the clients get first class meals.

To help Haven from Hunger head to their website www.HavenFromHunger.org

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