Open Pantry volunteers serve Easter dinner to those in need

Open Pantry provides these holiday dinners for lonely families and the homeless

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – At the Springfield High School of Commerce cafeteria, dozens of volunteers spent the early afternoon serving Easter dinner to people down on their luck. It’s a mission Open Pantry takes very seriously.

Open Pantry Executive Director Matt Castleman told 22News, “Easter Sunday’s one of the times when people really feel their insecurity. That’s a big issue for people struggling in this community. So, we like to make sure we have plenty of food for people who are in need, and people who just want to join in and have a meal with the community.”

There’s a feeling of appreciation from the men and women who accept this invitation to enjoy Easter dinner in the company of others like themselves.

Jose Colon told 22News, “The people here, they cook good. They’re nice people, they did a lot of work cooking. They have a lot of good times.”

Among the many volunteers serving the meal, Springfield High School of Commerce student Adrianna Gonzalez told 22News, “This is the 8th year doing this, and I really love what I’m doing. I love to give back to people who really need it, and I’m sure I would expect the same from them too.”

Open Pantry provides these holiday dinners for lonely families and the homeless on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and of course, Easter Sunday.

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