Healthy Waltham hosts coat and food drive
Healthy Waltham, a Waltham non-profit organization, hosted a coat and food drive at the parking lot of the former Fitch School on Nov. 20. Items collected included winter-friendly essentials such as hats, mittens and coats. The drive also welcomed food donations, emphasizing the importance of baking essentials such as cooking oil, flour and sugar. The organization aims to provide healthy foods, education on nutrition and collaborative exercise events. According to its website, Healthy Waltham holds open food pantries at the Government Center on School Street during the second and fourth Thursday of each month. These pantries help provide “nutrient dense foods for [Waltham community members]” as part of their collaborative initiative with partners and donors, as written on the website’s “philosophy” page. Visitors to the food pantry are welcome to take home pre-bagged assortments of fresh produce. In addition to their main pantry events, the organization operates neighborhood satellite pantries as well as over 200 deliveries per month, with help from African Cultural Services, Waltham Mutual Aid, Ministry of Truth Mobile Pantry and Brandeis University. Members of the public can volunteer to help unload trucks, as well as sort and bag food items.