by Sheryl Corriveau
WHITINSVILLE - This interview was inspired by discovering how so many local people in the community have been coming together toward a common goal of giving. Since 2003, The Peace of Bread Community Kitchen has been serving free, nutritious dinners in an atmosphere of community fellowship. Volunteers from several community churches, organizations, and businesses like Unibank, serve the dinners on a rotating basis. A free food pantry is also available on nights when dinner is served.
I met with Sylvia and Laurie Sabourin at the Kitchen, which is located in the United Presbyterian Church at 51 Cottage Street, to find out how this community effort began. Laurie had the idea 10 ½ years ago to use the beautiful kitchen downstairs in the church and open it up to the community to help meet basic needs like food and clothing.
Today there are 10 church groups involved in serving the meals on Wednesday nights, as well as groups formed by others from the community such as Gaye’s Gang, Dinner Divas and Odd Fellows (interestingly, many of the Odd Fellows are husbands of the Dinner Divas!). Those being served leave with a bag of groceries when they come for dinner as well.
Laurie said she recognized the need in our community as a quiet desperation behind the scenes. The Presbyterian Church donates toward all overhead expenses, the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts organize huge drives to donate food, as does Unibank in Whitinsville. Hannaford’s in Uxbridge donates desserts, and Panera Bread in Millbury and Faith Fellowship in Uxbridge donate bread. The atmosphere is warm and caring and it truly is an outreach mission right in our backyard.
The clothing room, overseen by Sylvia, is also a huge part – it’s all free. The love involved in making a difference in people’s lives is what it’s all about. Bellies and souls both get fed here on Wednesday nights from 5:30-7:00 p.m. If you’d like to donate your time, money or anything else, you may bring it by on Wednesdays after 3:00. If you have any large items to donate, or would like more information, please call 508-234-8220. To watch the full interview, visit www.SherylCorriveau.com and click on “videos.”
Sheryl Corriveau is a health coach and operates a pilates studio in Whitinsville. She can be reached at [email protected] or via her website.