What Watertown is Doing to Fight Hunger, What More Can be Done — See the Panel Discussion

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A live roundtable discussion about how hunger impacts Watertown took place on Feb. 12 at the Mosesian Center for the Arts. (Courtesy of Watertown Cable)

Nearly one-in-seven Watertown residents qualify for government food programs, but only about half have signed up for the assistance. Many more people living in town do not qualify for the programs, for one reason or another, despite being in a low-income household. And putting more stress on the situation is the increasing cost of housing in town.

These were just part of the discussion about how hunger impacts the community that took place at a live roundtable this week.

A group of people familiar with how hunger touches Watertown gathered for a live event at the Mosesian Center for the Arts to talk about what help is out there for people facing food insecurity and ideas for what more could be done.

The Hunger in Watertown Roundtable, hosted by Watertown News and Watertown Cable Access Television, featured five panelists:

Stephanie Venizelos (center), the City of Watertown’s Community Wellness Program Manager, and Watertown Food Pantry Coordinator Kathy Cunningham speak to Watertown News Editor Charlie Breitrose at the roundtable discussion about food insecurity in town. (Courtesy of Watertown Cable)

Co-hosts Charlie Breitrose, editor of Watertown News, and local journalist Maya Shwayder posed several questions to the panelists, and then they opened it up to the audience to ask some of questions of their own.

If you missed the roundtable view it below, or catch it on Watertown Cable Access TV (click here).

The roundtable came out of the series of articles on food insecurity that recently appeared on Watertown News. Stay tuned to Watertown Cable TV for a series of segments on hunger in Watertown. A preview was screened at the beginning of the round table.

The Watertown News articles, the Watertown Cable segments, and the roundtable were made possible by a grant awarded by the Watertown Community Foundation.

Read the Stories in the Series

Part 1: Watertown’s Hidden Problem: Food Insecurity Among Us

Part 2: Hunger Hits Home: A Watertown Teenager’s Struggle to Feed Herself

Part 3: Hunger in Watertown: Task Force Tackles Social Needs, Tries to Fills Gaps Left by State, Local Programs

Part 4: Through Pandemics & Collapsed Ceilings, the Watertown Food Pantry Stays Open

Part 5: Filling the Watertown’s Free Fridge is a Community Effort

Part 6: Food Insecurity in Watertown: Hunger is a Multi-Faceted Problem — It Won’t Magically Go Away


Watertown Food Pantry: 80 Mt. Auburn St. (rear of the Belmont-Watertown United Methodist Church), Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. https://www.watertown-ma.gov/330/Watertown-Food-Pantry, 617-972-6490

Watertown Catholic Collaborative Food Pantry: 770 Mt. Auburn St. (basement), Thursdays from 10 to 11:45 a.m. https://watertowncatholic.com/news/food-pantry 617-926-7121

Watertown Community Fridge: 80 Mt. Auburn St. (Front of the Belmont-Watertown United Methodist Church), Open 24/7 https://www.watertowncommunityfridge.org/

Watertown Social Services Resource Specialists: at Wayside Multi-Service Center, 127 North Beacon St. https://www.watertown-ma.gov/673/Watertown-Social-Services-Resource-Speci 617-744-9585

Live Well Watertown/Watertown Farmers Market: City Hall, 149 Main St. 617-972-6446 x8 https://www.livewellwatertown.org/home

Watertown Community Foundationhttps://www.watertownfoundation.org/ 617-926-1500

Food Pantry at American Legion Post 440: 295 California St., Newton, 3rd Fridays from 10 to 11 a.m. 617-244-0440

Centre Street Food Pantry: 11 Homer St., Newton, Tuesdays 2:30-6 p.m. & the first Saturday of the month from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. 617-340-9554

SNAP: (formerly Food Stamps) https://www.mass.gov/snap-benefits-formerly-food-stamps

Project Breadhttps://www.projectbread.org/ Food Source Hotline (1-800-645-8333)

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