WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2017/2018

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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to choose. After dinner, we take dessert to the tables on a tray and let people select what they want." The quality of the food itself can also affirm guests' dignity. The First Parish crew is committed to providing guests with a delicious and nutri- tious meal composed of "a protein, salad, starch, and vegetable — the kind of meal my mother provided for us," Mary says. During the grow- ing season, fruits and vegetables are grown and donated by Land's Sake, an organic farm in Weston. Support from Weston's Conservation Commission enables the farm to give a significant portion of their annual harvest — over $62,000 worth of produce in 2016 — to hunger relief organizations, including the Bristol Lodge, St. Julia Parish, and the Weston Council on Aging. "People know when our produce comes from Land's Sake," Mary explains. "They'll say, 'These vegetables are so fresh, they must have come from that farm in your town.'" Volunteers at the Lodge also leave feeling well fed. Some say they gain perspective, feeling a renewed sense of gratitude for their lives. Others describe feeling nourished from being part of a community and from experiencing authentic human generosity and goodness. One volunteer reports learning something every time she comes. "A year ago, one guest told me how meditation helped him manage the chaos in his life and encouraged me to give it a try. He was spot on. It's changing my life." "Most people say they would like to help out every month, but life often gets in the way," Mary says. She tries to make it easy by offering multiple ways to participate. Some contribute by sourcing recipes, pur- chasing ingredients, or preparing food ahead of time. Others come early to warm the main course and prepare the sides, and set the tables; others arrive just before dinner to serve guests and help clean up. "It's a pretty efficient operation," Mary explains. "Everyone is fed and on their way out the door by 6 p.m." Perhaps the Lodge's ability to feed volunteers and guests alike, and on multiple levels, is what makes this church basement feel like a warm and welcoming mountain resort on Christmas night — and every other night of the year. A Taste of Local Opportunities n COOK FOR THE BRISTOL LODGE: For more information, email Program Director Michael Hannan at foodservice@mhsainc.org. To work with the First Parish crew, contact First Parish Church in Weston at 781.893.7798. n DONATE TO THE WELLESLEY FOOD PANTRY (WFP): Donate food and personal care items (toothpaste, soap, shampoo, etc.) for eligible Wellesley residents: Mondays, 9-10:15 a.m., Wellesley Food Pantry, 207 Washington Street, Wellesley or anytime at the designated bins at Roche Brothers and Whole Foods. Go to www.wellesleyfoodpantry.org. n SUPPORT THE RIDE FOR FOOD (September), the annual fundraiser for Wellesley Food Pantry; and Scouting for Food Drive (first Saturday in November) and Stamp Out Hunger/Postal Food Drive (Saturday of Mother's Day Weekend). These drives stock the WFP's shelves before Thanksgiving and in early summer when school lunches end for the year. Visit www.wellesleyfoodpantry.org. n SPONSOR VEGGIE VOUCHERS for Weston seniors and subsidized CSA shares for families through Land's Sake Farm. Visit www.landssake.org. n BAKE, COOK, AND/OR SERVE breakfast or lunch at the Women's Lunch Place. Visit www.womenslunchplace.org. n HOST AN EVENT TO BENEFIT THE FOOD PANTRY AT BOSTON MEDICAL CENTER (BMC) or set up a fund to acknowledge or memorialize a friend or family member. Visit www.bmc.org. 142 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 7 / 2 0 1 8 good works "generosity and goodness"

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