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  • 30 Jun 2017 12:04 PM | Anonymous

    "Hunger doesn’t stop just because it’s summer. But the free and reduced-price school lunches that many families rely on to provide healthy and nutritious meals do stop when school is out. That’s why Winchester’s Got Lunch program steps in to be sure youngsters have the energy they need to stay healthy and active during their summer break."  



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  • 20 Mar 2017 12:29 PM | Anonymous

    Rob Skinner’s Midlife Crisis Cabaret

     

    Music, comedy and uninformed social comment, with proceeds to benefit Winchester Got Lunch.   Read more.

     

    Friday April 14, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

     

    Reserved seats:  $30 to benefit Winchester Got Lunch.  


  • 11 Jun 2016 1:43 PM | Anonymous

    Thank you to Whole Foods, Good Will at the Grill, program.  On Saturday, June 11th, Whole Foods provided a hot dog lunch to the public with all monies raised going to support Winchester Got Lunch.  They raised $260.00, enough to feed one child plus for the entire summer. 

  • 20 May 2016 5:06 PM | Anonymous

    "You’ll be hard pressed to find a child who doesn’t love the summer. With no school, longer days, warm weather and lots of sunshine, it provides the best time for swimming, outdoor sports, travel or just relaxing. Unfortunately, some children who rely upon subsidized school-year lunches can find themselves left out in the cold, so to speak, once the school year ends. Fortunately, Winchester came up with a solution."


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  • 11 Apr 2016 5:51 PM | Anonymous
    Arlington Public Schools offer free and reduced price lunches that feed more than 500 students on school days. When school is not in session, family food resources are stretched. Arlington EATS’ mission is to help students Eat All Through Summer and the school year.


    Similar in mission to Winchester Got Lunch, this program is also a 100% volunteer run organization that is helping to address food insecurity in our communities.  

  • 25 May 2015 5:41 PM | Anonymous

    An excellent article from the Boston Globe about a pilot program in Cambridge for to address student hunger.



  • 13 Aug 2014 12:50 PM | Anonymous

    Boston Globe article, August 13

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    "New England’s suburbs, often viewed as bastions of sprinkler-fed lawns and roomy SUVs, are also communities of hidden poverty, where one in four families relies on food stamps to stock cupboards with groceries and put food on the table, according to a report to be released by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Wednesday.

    Nearly 2 million people who live in communities surrounding the region’s major cities have low or barely moderate incomes, struggling with the same problems as the urban poor, but without the same services, support, and safety nets, Boston Fed researchers found. That number includes about 1 million undefined 80,000 of them children under age 5 undefined in Eastern Massachusetts."

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  • 03 Feb 2014 12:21 PM | Anonymous
    Wright-Locke Farm, a historic farm in Winchester, offers enriching and exciting week-long programs for youth during the spring, summer, and fall. This year, they have received a locally funded grant to offer free tuition to families who are eligible for subsidized school year lunches. If they receive more applications than the number of scholarships that they have, they will blindly draw the names of the scholarship recipient winners. Scholarship applications must be submitted by or postmarked March 1st. The programs run during April vacation week and throughout the summer. All programs are for students in Kindergarten thru 5th grade and include lessons and activities related to agricultural or natural science, hands-on farm tasks in the fields and gardens, and interaction with the farm animals. Healthy snacks are also prepared during programs and feature seasonal and local foods. To learn more about Wright-Locke Farm, their programs, or its scholarship option, go to: http://www.wlfarm.org/youth-ed-programs/ Wright-Locke Farm is a wonderful component of Winchester and many WGL families took advantage of the raspberry picking certificates in their last WGL delivery of summer 2013. If you have any questions, please contact Rebekah Carter, Education Coordinator, at: rcarter@wlfarm.org
  • 07 Nov 2013 6:15 AM | Anonymous

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MUSIC IS FOOD a concert to benefit Winchester Got Lunch

    WINCHESTER, Massachusetts (October 25, 2013) Jake Armerding to perform a benefit concert for Winchester Got Lunch at the Griffin Museum of Photography on Wednesday, November 13th at 7pm.

                Jake Armerding is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who is well-loved on the Boston music scene. The Boston Globe calls Armerding the most gifted and promising songwriter to emerge from the Boston folk scene in years.  Growing up in Ipswich, MA, Armerding played classical violin, listened to 80s pop radio, and played fiddle in his dads bluegrass band Northern Lights. From this eclectic background, he has created an intriguing musical stew out of bluegrass, pop, folk and a swipe of blues, nicely blended in a personal and unpretentious way," according to the Santa Barbara News. Armerding is a regular on stage at the legendary Club Passim in Cambridge, plays a scorching fiddle in the bluegrass band Barnstar! and contributes multiple instruments to his alter-ego ensemble The Fretful Porcupine.  He is the author of six albums of original music, and has shared the stage with Bela Fleck, Nickel Creek, Josh Ritter, David Wilcox, and Toad the Wet Sprocket. After joining a Community Supported Agriculture program in 2009, Armerding adopted the idea for his own projects and launched Community Supported Art: an online music co-operative that releases a digital box of music and art to subscribers every month. Armerding built his latest album, Cosmos in the Chaos, song by song through his online music co-operative. For more information, visit www.MusicIsFood.org.

    Joining Jake are Zack Hickman of Somerville and Winchester resident Annie Bartlett. When not touring as the bass player for Josh Ritters band, Zack is the founder and force behind the bluegrass band Barnstar! and his variety show, the Cavalcade of Whimsy, and is frequently found in a supporting role on the stage of Club Passim. Annie Bartlett is a classically trained violinist who studied at the New England Conservatory and was principal violist for the Yale Symphony Orchestra. Bartlett joins Armerding and Hickman for local gigs, is the fiddle player for the Winchester based band, Miss Ellaneous, and is a trustee of the Winchester Community Music School where she continues to study classical viola.

    Armerding, Hickman, and Bartlett will take the stage at the Griffin Museum of Photography on November 13th to raise funds and awareness for Winchester Got Lunch (WGL). Founded in 2012, WGL has operated over the past two summers to provide nourishing lunches for students who rely upon subsidized lunches during the school year.  In the summer of 2013, WGL provided more than 6,000 lunches to 125 Winchester students. Each week, volunteers met and packed lunch bags, which provided healthy food items needed to prepare lunches for five days (Monday-Friday) for a child.  Lunch bags were delivered directly to each participant’s home.

    WGL financial support comes from many in the Winchester community and WGL could not provide healthy lunches without the help of its partner, Whole Foods Market, the many Winchester Public School students who contribute to the spring food drive, and the churches, foundations, and individuals who donate money to support WGL’s programs. Just as donors and volunteers step in to fill a need in the community over the summer, local organizations and volunteers have committed their resources to present the concert at the Griffin Museum and to raise money and awareness for WGL. Thanks to the generous sponsorship of An Elegant Affair, The Energized Body, Wine Country, and Wright-Locke Farm, 100% of the ticket sales will benefit WGL.   “Winchester Got Lunch is a collaboration of churches, town and school employees, community organizers, businesses, and individuals. It is a true testament that when there is a need, people come together to help,” says Sharon Johnson, co-president of WGL.

     At the end of the day, its all about our relationship with the immediate community. Everyone should have access to real food, and its amazing to see such a strong outpouring of support,says Armerding. Im thrilled my music can be part of the fundraising effort for WGL."  For information on Armerding, please visit www.jakearmerding.com. For tickets, donations, and more information on Winchester Got Lunch, please visit www.winchestergotlunch.org.

  • 09 Oct 2013 10:00 PM | Anonymous
    Our Winchester schools are the BEST and collected all this food for Winchester Got Lunch - a nice head start and we are SO thankful!!!

    Muraco Elementary School – 550 jars of jam
    Lynch Elementary School – 539 boxes of macaroni & cheese
    McCall Middle School – 533 boxes of rice
    Lincoln Elementary School – 453 boxes of pasta
    Winchester High School – 165 cans of tuna/chicken salad
    Ambrose Elementary School – 95 boxes of Cheerios or similar cereal
    Vinson–Owen Elementary School – 68 containers of Bisquik/pancake mix


                    
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