Posted by William Reilly on Apr 27, 2023
This past Friday, April 21, 2023, the Lynn Police and Rotarians distributed over 250 Brown Bags filled with groceries primarily to those experiencing food insecurities. However, anyone can receive them. The bags include both shelf-stable and fresh items. There are no age or income requirements for the program and there is no application process. Just sign up over the phone or in person when you come to the event. To learn more or to sign up, please call 781-599-0110 and ask for the Nutrition Department. 
On the third Friday of each month from 9 to 11 A.M., residents of Lynn, Lynnfield, Nahant, Saugus, and Swampscott can pick up a bag of free groceries as part of Greater Boston Food Bank’s Brown Bag/Mobile Markets Program. 
During the pandemic, the Lynn Police Department and the Lynn Rotary Club began to volunteer jointly at Greater Lynn Senior Services (GLSS) to distribute the Brown Bags. Even though the pandemic is essentially over, every third Friday, Lynn Rotarians and Police Officers still join together to distribute the bags. Without this assistance GLSS would have to pull staff members away from other essential duties to distribute the bags. Kathryn Burns, Chief Executive Officer of GLSS, greatly appreciates the help she receives from those two civic organizations. GLSS provides a multitude of services to the elderly, primarily from Lynn. 
Pictured here Left to right are: Steve Upton, Officer Matt Ruggiero, Chief Reddy, Irene Cowdell, Officer Chris Roberts, Cindy McCarthy and John McCarthy. The civilians are Rotarians, along with Chief Reddy.  Photo credit:  Rotarian Ray Bastarache.