On Wednesday March 17, the Connolly Center Food Pantry will be celebrating its first anniversary of operation. During this time, the center has distributed more than 1.6 million pounds of food to the Everett community.
“No one in our community should go hungry,” said Mayor DeMaria. “The pandemic has affected our community in many ways, creating a demand for food assistance. I am truly grateful to our staff and volunteers for serving our community during these challenging times throughout the past year.”
“I’m very grateful to be able to do this work and serve to the community,” said Dale Palma, Programming Coordinator for the Council on Aging. “Without the support of the Mayor and his Administration, this could not be done. I would like to take the opportunity to thank the many volunteers who helped out. It’s heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time that we have many people in need.”
At the beginning of the pandemic, the Connolly Center was transformed into a robust food pantry. The center has been serving 1,500-1,800 individuals each week since last March and continues to provide the community with these resources. Throughout the year, the Connolly Center has also been working with other food pantries in the community to accommodate their food requests specific to their clientele and cultures.
The Connolly Center will continue to operate and serve the community. They are open to the public every Wednesday from 9:30am-11am. As a reminder, remember to always wear a mask, wash your hands, and practice social distancing.