With food insecurity rising, Country Bank and Old Sturbridge Village are donating 1,500 Thanksgiving meals to those in need of food aid

With Thanksgiving just one day away, Country Bank and Old Sturbridge Village are teaming up to provide 1,500 meals to those food insecure from Springfield to Worcester.

The mutual savings bank is headquartered in Ware. Country Bank spokesman told MassLive that they see an increased need for food aid as prices continue to rise.

Prior to the pandemic, household food insecurity in Massachusetts was 8.2%, according to Project Bread. The non-profit continued to report that the coronavirus pandemic fueled a famine crisis and at its peak made 19.6% of households food insecure.

The consumer price index rose 4% in the Boston area over the past year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports, lower than the national rate, which was an increase of 5.4%. Energy prices have risen by more than 26% since September last year, mainly due to gas prices rising 42.9% and contributing to rising US import prices.

Meals will be delivered to St. Johns Food for the Poor, YWCA, Abby’s House, Veterans Inc., Christina’s House, Ronald McDonald House, Project New Hope and Friends of the Homeless to name a few.

“We want to do everything we can to help support families in the community this Thanksgiving,” said Old Sturbridge Village President James Donahue.

Old Sturbridge Village is a living museum located in Sturbridge, which recreates life in rural New England during the 1790s to 1830s and is the largest living museum in New England, according to its website.

Students from Old Sturbridge Academy also made handmade greeting cards for the meals being handed out.

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