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Healthy Students-Healthy Saugus expresses gratitude to many people in the community who have helped us on our goal to end food insecurity in Saugus

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Dear Editor:

  As the school year is almost over, Healthy Students-Healthy Saugus would like to remind everyone that we will pause our service on Friday June 9, 2023.

  HS2 has served the students/families of Saugus since 2018. They have served over 180 students during the 2022-2023 school year. The weekly high was 125 students. The weekly average is 110 students.

  Each Friday, HS2 provided a bag full of food for any student/family that requests it. HS2 has prepared over 4,000 bags this school year where students were provided with at least:

  2 breakfast items, 2 lunch items, 4 snacks, 1 canned vegetable and 2 cups of fruit.

  Countless individuals have donated their time volunteering, monetary donations and food donations which all help to keep this important program sustainable.

  Healthy Students-Healthy Saugus is so very grateful and would like to recognize the following:

  • To the faith community for providing a space for our volunteers to bag up the food weekly. This also includes picking up the nonperishables each week. Church of the Nazarene, First Congregational Church, St. Margaret’s Church (Saugus Catholics Collaborative) and New Hope of Assembly.
  • To the volunteers that consistently assisted HS2 each week. This includes bagging up groceries and delivering bags to the schools. Special thanks to Nate Shiverdecker, Karen Shiverdecker, Cathy Dever, Loretta Matthews and Paul DiCarlo.
  • To the staff and administration of the Saugus Public School District. Many individuals assisted in making sure the students received their bags each week. This includes Veteran’s Early Learning Center – Mike Mondello and Diane Corton, Belmonte STEAM Academy – Rebecca Long and Tayler DiPesa and Saugus Middle-High School – Brendan Sullivan and Maureen Leuke.
  • To the businesses, groups and organizations that have provided donations, volunteered, held a food drive etc. This includes Whitsons Culinary Group, Saugus Youth and Recreation, Saugus Youth Football and Cheer, North Shore Stars Hockey League, Saugus High School National Honor Society, St. John’s Episcopal Church, WIN Waste Innovations, Macy’s, SalemFive, Stop & Shop Saugus, St. Vincent de Paul Society, American Occupational Therapy Association, DentaQuest, Grace Ministries Food Pantry of Everett and MEG Foundation.

  HS2 will be back for the 2023-2024 school year.

  We appreciate the partnership with everyone in our community that assisted to end food insecurity in Saugus. Send us an email for more information HS2Saugus@gmail.com.

If you would like to donate to help HS2 feed those in need, go to: https://givebutter.com/HealthySaugus.


HS2 Board of Directors: Julie Cicolini, Jeannie Meredith, Jamie Osgood, Eric Sclafani, Anna-Ellen Lenart, Alexandra Sweet, Eddie McCray, Jennifer Mann, Melissa Tilton, Pamela Shenaj and Alondra Pearl

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