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Thanksgiving meal distribution underway at local food pantries

Thanksgiving meal distribution underway at local food pantries

As Thanksgiving nears, Open Table in Maynard prepared premade Thanksgiving meals for those in need.

On Monday, Nov. 13, the pantry assembled in its kitchen 500 Thanksgiving meals for distribution. Executive Director Alex DePalo told the Daily News that the food pantry planned to distribute “make your own Thanksgiving kits” and between 850 to 900 prepared Thanksgiving meals this year. The food pantry also made vegan Thanksgiving meals to accommodate dietary restrictions.

In addition, Open Table also works with other local agencies to distribute food to people in need.

“We don’t compete, we collaborate,” said DePalo, who previously served as Framingham’s director of public health. “Because getting to Maynard is unrealistic for some people, we have a deliver partnership model where we partner with trusted organizations like churches and schools to get meals out to people.”

Beth Dergarabedian was part of the assembly line at Open Table in Maynard that prepared 500 Thanksgiving meals on Nov. 13.

Open Table has a staff of volunteers to help with distribution. Laura Inouye, of West Concord, has been volunteering for more than a year.

“It’s really important because everyone needs to eat,” she said. “It breaks my heart to see families of five, six and 10 sometimes struggling to get food.”

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