ABOUT RACHEL'S TABLE
The mission of Rachel's Table is to distribute donated and specially purchased foods, without charge, to agencies feeding hungry families and individuals in greater Worcester, Massachusetts and to reduce the waste of nourishing food. The Children's Milk Fund purchases milk for needy children.
In support of this, Rachel's Table is committed to:
Providing training programs on food safety and efficient food distribution.
Establishing a network of collaborative community support systems.
Advocating where appropriate for food insecure people.
Hunger in Worcester, Massachusetts
Rachel's Table is feeding an increasing number of hungry people in the Worcester area. A serious lack of affordable housing, increased heating costs, cost of gasoline, medical costs, childcare costs, mortgage foreclosures, and increased food prices have contributed to what agency administrators have termed a "critical" situation.
Last year, almost all of the area food pantries and soup kitchens serviced by Rachel's Table reported an increased demand for food assistance. All pantries and soup kitchens saw an increase in the number of families with children requiring food aid. 75% of pantries saw an increase in demand for emergency food from elderly persons.
In all of the social service agencies helped by Rachel's Table, clients needing food aid increased by 17% in 2021.
People must often choose between paying for heat, medicine, or food.
In the past 34 years, Rachel's Table has distributed over 14.5 million pounds of food, at no cost, to 30 local shelters, pantries and soup kitchens.
Even so, hunger and the need for food continues to rise.