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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financial shock a household can absorb and how quickly it can recover. Hunger isn't always about food. In addition to feeling physical hunger, the frustration, misunderstanding, judgment, and shame that often accompany food insecurity can leave people famished for dignity. "We share the same desire to be treated with dignity; we all want to be seen, heard, acknowledged, and understood, especially when something doesn't feel right," explains Dr. Donna Hicks, an expert in international conflict resolution at Harvard University. "We have an inborn re- action to being treated unfairly, and a lot of conflict and war has resulted from it." The Lodge's effort to assuage this hunger begins when guests walk in the door. People are not required to disclose their finances, working status, residency, or household con- figuration. They are simply asked to sign in so that the Lodge can track the number of guests served. Although dinner isn't served until 5 p.m., the Lodge opens its doors at 2:30 p.m. so guests can relax, play cards, read the newspa- per, and connect, if they so desire, in a clean and safe place. This sense of respect, safety, and belonging goes a long way toward making people feel as if they matter. "When people come through the food line, we gently look them in the eye and call them by name," Mary explains. "Rather than automatically putting food on people's plates, we ask them what they would like — they get One Good Deed Promotes Another Studies show offering support and kindness to others, even in little ways, not only benefits the recipient but also reduces stress in the givers. "Helping others is one of the most rewarding tasks one can do," says Wellesley resident Ruthie Covo, a senior at St. Paul's School. A Turkish family sheltered Ruthie's great grandmother after she was orphaned during the Armenian Genocide. American missionaries took her great grandmother in permanently and educated her through childhood. "If it was not for these people going beyond their call of duty to help my great grandmother achieve success, then I would not be where I am today," Ruthie says. As a high school freshman, Ruthie volunteered at the Wellesley Food Pantry (WFP) during school vacations. She sorted food and delivered groceries to patrons. She turned surplus ingredients, such as canned pumpkin, into baked goods, which found favor with WFP patrons. This past summer, Ruthie extended her culinary efforts to the Women's Lunch Place, a community that provides nutri- tious breakfast and lunch, along with education, social programs, and advocacy for low-income and homeless women in Boston. "Before my work with various food pantries and shelters, I did not know what it meant to give back to my community," Ruthie explains. "Through my volunteering, I have learned that with just a few hours of your time and energy, tens of hundreds of people can be assisted." For more information, visit www.womenslunchplace.org. Or, follow Ruthie's blog https://thebaked- breadproject.wordpress.com and get inspired! 140 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 "a delicious and nutritious meal"

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