Food Rescue Program Helps Local Wildlife

The Quincy-based nonprofit Interfaith Social Services operates one of the largest food pantry programs in greater Boston. Last year alone, The Pantry Shelf assisted over 18,000 people on the South Shore. Dedicated staff and volunteers are on the road each day to salvage food from local supermarkets. They collect about 350,000 pounds of food each year. After the food is sorted, the good-quality items are distributed to clients and any inedible fruits and vegetables are saved and donated to the New England Wildlife Center (NEWC) in Weymouth.

The only comprehensive wildlife hospital in the metro-Boston area that provides care for sick, injured and orphaned wild animals, NEWC treats 225 different species. This new arrangement is mutually beneficial for it ensures that far less fresh food goes to waste and also reduces the amount of food that NEWC needs to purchase to feed the animals in their care.

Interfaith Social Services is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year and will be holding its annual Feed the Hungry Gala on December 8 at Granite Links Golf Club in Quincy. More info + tickets

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