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Somerville pizzerias gear up for challenge to fight hunger

Posted by Amanda Stonely  September 19, 2011 10:08 AM

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Pantry volunteer Paul Kuhne hard at work.


The following was submitted by The Elizabeth Peabody House:

Local resident Lucie Goin has come every month to The Elizabeth Peabody House’s Emergency Food Pantry to receive groceries to feed herself and her two children.  She’s one of several volunteers who will be on hand at the organization’s 2nd Annual Pizza Challenge, to benefit its Emergency Food Pantry.

“I know firsthand how difficult and heartbreaking it can be when you have no clue how you’ll feed your kids in the morning,” said Goin. “So I really consider the pantry a blessing.”

The Pizza Challenge, to benefit the Pantry that Goin and others use, will be held at the Elizabeth Peabody House, 277 Broadway in Somerville, MA on Saturday, October 8, 2011 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.  

For the sake of the benefit, and since October is National Pizza Month, participating Somerville pizzerias will compete for the title of “Best Pizzeria” in several categories including “Best Cheese Slice”, “Vegetarian” and “Most Creative”.  Admission to the fundraiser is $25 per person to sample and vote, with all proceeds directed towards to the Emergency Food Pantry.  

“Seventeen million kids go to bed hungry every night in this country.  That’s one in four,” said Selvin Chambers, III, Executive Director of The Elizabeth Peabody House.  “Those numbers include people in Somerville, which is why we took this step to open the Pantry.”

Participating pizzerias include Leone’s Subs & Pizza, Amelia’s Kitchen, Vinny’s Ristorante, Mama Gina’s, Prima Pizza, Mamma Lisa’s Pizza House and Eat At Jumbos.  

Chambers said he first noticed the need for a food pantry when children enrolled in his organization’s preschool and afterschool programs evidenced signs of food insecurity.  With tough economic times setting in, The Elizabeth Peabody House launched a pilot project in September 2009, and opened its Pantry in earnest three months later.  The Pantry currently provides groceries to more than 175 Somerville families per month, with the majority of its food coming from The Greater Boston Food Bank, Stop & Shop, Farmer Dave’s and Food for Free.  The fundraiser is, in part, also made possible through the support of Flagraphics, Inc. and Cambridge Taylor Rental.  

“Many families, right here in Winter Hill, don’t know where their next meal is coming from,” said Chambers. “It’s why we want the public to support this event Columbus Day Weekend, and join us in our bid to fight hunger here at home.” 
 

For interviews or advanced ticket sales, please contact Paul Kuhne at pkuhne@elizabethpeabodyhouse.org or 617-623-5510 x116. 

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