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Food Pantry, Wee Care to Distribute Easter Baskets to Families in Need

Burlington food pantry People Helping People is teaming up with the nonprofit Wee Care to collect items for Easter or spring baskets for kids in need. 

A generous community member has donated the baskets, so now all that’s left is to fill them, People Helping People pantry manager Julie Lewis said. 

“We’re looking for the donations to be brought in by April 1st so that we can distribute the baskets during the week of April 2nd,” she said. 

A little later this spring, People Helping People is looking for participants in the  May 7 Walk for Hunger at the Burlington High School Field Track. The goal is to raise $5,000; 60 percent of their total funds raised go People Helping People, and 40% goes to Project Bread to support anti-hunger initiatives across Massachusetts. 

As for an expected rise in need due to the expiration of COVID-era SNAP benefits expiring, Lewis says the bump hasn’t yet materialized. 

“We haven’t seen a sharp increase in need yet, but my guess is that it will happen early next month, when families realize their extra benefit isn’t loaded onto their SNAP cards,” said Lewis.