LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) – Rachel’s Table and Big Y in Longmeadow partnered together on Sunday for the 10th annual “Foodraiser.”
Debbie Rubenstein, the Rachel’s Table Executive Director, said “We encourage community members to come and shop and get the best deals on their groceries and everything that is purchased is donated to Rachel’s Table.”
The volunteer food organization’s tee`n board helps recruit teams of four who shop and compete to get the best deals on groceries. The aim is to get as much quality and nutritious food into two trucks within two hours. One is bound for the Open Pantry in Springfield. The other for the Providence Ministries in Holyoke. The agencies feed hungry people throughout the Greater Springfield Area.
Karen Blanchard, the Providence Ministries Service Network’s Exec. Director, said “This is really huge. Our shelves are empty at Margaret’s Pantry and this gets over the hump until the holidays come and more people donate.”
Each team of teenagers gets $75 and a grocery shopping list of essentials. About $3000 was donated this year from local community members and businesses.
Rafi Rubenstein of Longmeadow said “You can visibly see the difference you’re making and you can see all the benefits that all the hungry people around us get from this.”
The teen shopper’s goal is not to buy the most amount of food but get the best quality for the best prices, and it teaches the value of a dollar.
Emily Dash of Longmeadow said “I know that they have a lot of trouble and to go there and help them feels good and it makes me appreciate what I have a lot more.”
Regular shoppers could spend any amount of money they wanted for items to donate. 22News is a proud sponsor of the “Foodraiser.”