LAWRENCE, MA — In celebration of the season of giving, Merrimack Valley Credit Union (MVCU) is helping local families in need enjoy their Thanksgiving dinners with loved ones. This year, MVCU’s annual Thanksgiving Food Drive collected goods to support the Merrimack Valley Food Bank (MVFB).
Taking place in early November, MVCU members and employees generously donated boxed, canned and non-perishable goods including stuffing, potatoes, cranberry sauce, peanut butter, hot cocoa and much more. The drive was held in MVCU’s Lawrence, Methuen, Haverhill, North Andover, Plaistow and Seabrook branch locations where, in total, MVCU collected a whopping 720 pounds of food for the MVFB.
From left: Glenn Prezzano, Debbie Callery, MVFB Warehouse Associate Omile Albino and Kim Trainor smile in front of two full bins carrying 720 pounds of food donated by MVCU teammates and members. Photo on top of page, from left: Robert Pope, MVCU facilities supervisor; Glenn Prezzano; Debbie Callery; and Kim Trainor.
The MVFB is a non-profit organization based in Lowell, MA, that provides both food and personal care items to emergency feeding programs serving the low-income, homeless, and hungry. They are one of four food banks in Massachusetts that serve food pantries, shelters and meal programs that support both individuals and families.
“We are so grateful for the support we receive from our community, and organizations like Merrimack Valley Credit Union and their staff members,” says Debbie Callery, executive director of the MVFB. “The food bank could not do what we do without the partnerships we form and the outreach from organizations looking for ways to help us help others. Thank you to the entire team at MVCU for thinking of us, especially at this time of year. Their generosity throughout the year is much appreciated.”