Ways To Warm The Community This Holiday Season

Local nonprofit organizations and food pantries are looking for community members who are willing to give back this holiday season amid rising food and heating costs. Food prices in Boston increased 12.2 percent over the year since September 2021, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and 32 percent of adults in Massachusetts experienced food insecurity in 2021, according to The Greater Boston Food Bank’s 2022 report.

Another organization, Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) hosts three events throughout the holiday season that can warm up the community, including a food drive, toy drive and winter gears drive.

Thanksgiving meal boxes were distributed on Sunday and Monday that week as part of the food drive, according to Alexia Layne-Lomon, the Director of Development and Grants at ABCD. The organization received in-kind donations, worked with food pantries and raised money throughout the year to purchase products.