Armed with cool green bags and big hearts, more than 170 local families are gearing up to provide non-perishable food items to the needy in Norwell. Earlier this year, Karen and Neil Farmer started a South Shore chapter of A Simple Gesture, a door-to-door food collection program that provides a steady supply of goods to the area’s needy families. It also makes food donation a cinch by supplying its participants with donation bags, which they are encouraged to fill with one item per week after their trip to the grocery store. Every other month, on the second Saturday, a volunteer picks up the bag and leaves another in its place. The food is then taken to the local food pantry.
“A Simple Gesture was created by Jonathan Trivers in California about six or seven years ago,” Karen Farmer explains. “My great wish is that many communities follow suit and setup their own non-profits so each town has its own program.” The Norwell branch of A Simple Gesture has successfully helped the homeless by donating 1,800 pounds of food from its first pickup alone and hopes this number will keep growing. “Donations tend to drop off significantly in the spring and close to 100 families consistently visit the food pantry so these items help them immensely,” says Karen. The next food pickup day is scheduled for May 14. To sign up as a donator or to volunteer to be a driver, visit asimplegesture-norwell.org. —Courtney Raymond