Public Can Help With Watertown Rotary Service Projects for Troops, Hungry Children

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The Rotary Club of Watertown invites the public to join them at two community service projects, one in May and one that is ongoing. 

Watertown Rotary President Lilia Weisfeldt sent out the following announcement:

Operation American Soldier – Tuesday, May 16 from 5:30-8 p.m.

This is a great community service project that is quick, easy and fun! We will be packing care packages that will be sent to American soldiers around the world to brighten their day. Pizza will be provided at 5:30 p.m. and we will be packing care packages from 6-8 p.m.

Please RSVP to Lilia Weisfeldt ( if you are interested in joining the packing party. This event is open to all ages so feel free to invite your kids, grandkids, etc.

Food for Thought Bag Packing: Thursdays from 10:30-11:45 a.m.

The Rotary Club of Watertown’s Food for Thought program kicked off in January and we are still going strong! Each Thursday we pack bags of food for kids who might otherwise go hungry over the weekend and not be ready to learn when Monday rolls around. There are only a handful of Thursdays remaining to pack bags before the end of the school year so sign up ASAP to invest one hour of your time to a very worthy cause – helping to end hunger in Watertown and preparing young minds to learn each and every week. Contact Lilia to sign up ( for a Thursday morning that works for you.

Watertown’s Food for Thought Program is modeled after Food For Free’s Cambridge Weekend Backpack Program. Founded in 2013, the Cambridge Weekend Backpack Program started as a six-week pilot serving 12 to 15 youth at the Cambridge Montessori School and was adopted by Food For Free, a Cambridge-based food rescue organization, according to Food for Free.

Food For Free has responded to local hunger by rescuing food that would otherwise go to waste and distributing it to local emergency food programs including food pantries, youth programs, shelters, and more. Through a combination of food rescue, farming, school, and transportation programs, Food For Free’s year-round services give people access to fresh fruits and vegetables which can be lacking in the diets of low-income individuals and families. It has expanded to 100 programs in Watertown, Arlington, Boston, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Lynn, Malden, Medford, Peabody and Somerville.

To learn more about Food For Free and find out how you can start a backpack program in your school, visit: or call Alanna Mallon at 617-868-2900.


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