The Woodward School, a 122-year-old independent college preparatory school for girls in the heart of Quincy Center, embraced the spirit of giving with a food drive for the Southwest Community Food Center. The student government representatives from grades 6 and 10 worked with representatives from Quincy Community Action Programs (QCAP) to organize a holiday food drive help families in need throughout Boston, Quincy and across the south shore.
Grade 6 student government representatives Iwalani Kaumeheiwa (Weymouth), Lindsey Packard (Quincy), Monica Warwick (Braintree), Georgia Keady (Dorchester) along with 10th graders Grace Nevill (Hull), and Hailey Peckham (Canton), organized collection locations throughout the school, posted signs, and communicated with families and visitors to bring in food donations that included much needed holiday items in high-demand during the holiday season.
The Food Center serves more than 600 households every month, providing 520,000 meals a year. From Thanksgiving through December, and for Easter/Passover and the Asian New Year, the organization distributes an additional 1,600 holiday orders. Special holiday food drives are needed to help the Food Center meet this demand. People having difficulty stretching their budgets to cover food costs can receive fresh and non-perishable food once a month. The Food Center staff also provide SNAP application assistance and advocacy, menu planning and budgeting, and provide help to connect households to other QCAP and community services that will help them become economically stable.
"We are so grateful to the Woodward School for lending their support to us through initiatives throughout the year and in particular during the holiday season when families struggle the most," said Beth Ann Strollo, QCAP's Chief Executive Officer. "We rely upon the generosity of our community to carry out our mission, and the young women of the Woodward School represent the next generation of strong, engaged members of our community."
“Civic engagement is a critical component to fulfilling Woodward’s mission of preparing young woman to be inspired leaders and engaged global citizens,” said Walter Hubley, Woodward Headmaster. “QCAP does amazing work to positively impact its community through the many services they provide. I am proud to serve as a member of QCAPs’ board of directors, and I am especially proud of our student government’s efforts to help families in need.”
Quincy Community Action Programs, Inc. (QCAP) is the leading private nonprofit organization in the Greater Quincy area dedicated to reducing poverty and helping low-income people achieve economic security and stability. Incorporated in 1965, QCAP serves more than 22,000 unduplicated individuals annually in Quincy, Weymouth, Braintree, Milton, Hull and more than 80 surrounding Norfolk County, Metro Boston, and South Shore Communities. Since the organization’s inception, QCAP has provided nutrition assistance, helping to reduce hunger and malnutrition, and advocate on behalf of low-income families who are “food insecure.” In addition to the Food Center, QCAP provides housing services, adult education and workforce development programs, Head Start and Early Head Start, access to quality and affordable early education and care, family engagement activities, and heating assistance and weatherization.