Posted by Steve Jones-D'Agostino on Mar 01, 2023

Open Table is benefitting from two Rotary Clubs' grant funding and donation drive. The Maynard-based charity is dedicated to fighting hunger and building healthy communities in 21 local communities, including Acton, Boxborough, Concord, and Maynard.

    Open Table’s mission is to end hunger by providing healthy food in ways that respect the dignity and diversity of the people it serves. "We are so grateful for this partnership with the Rotary Club of Acton-Boxborough and the Rotary Club of Concord," states Alexandra "Alex" DePalo (shown, right), executive director of Open Table. "Many of the individuals and families we serve need the personal-care items that these clubs will collect. This initiative will have a major positive impact on so many members of our community."

    The two Rotary clubs, whose principal motto is Service Above Self, have partnered to provide a total of $5,000 in Rotary grant funding to Open Table. The two clubs are also conducting a donation drive to provide Open Table with personal-care items not covered by the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as SNAP.

    Acton-Boxborough and Concord Rotarians are seeking donations from the general public of the following five sets of personal-care items:

    • Diapers: Sizes 3, 4, 5, and 6. Each month, Open Table needs 260 each of these sizes. The largest box of any brand in those sizes will be great because Open Table needs two (2) boxes of each size per month.
    • Baby Wipes – Standard Size: 24 to 36 packets per month.
    • Laundry Detergent and Dish Soap: 400 units per month.
    • Toothpaste and Shampoo: 400 units per month.

    Here, alphabetically, are Acton’s and Boxborough’s seven donation-bin locations:

    And here, alphabetically, are Concord’s and Maynard’s nine donation-bin locations:

    For additional information, contact Steve Jones-D'Agostino, president of the Acton-Boxborough Club, at either or 508-930-8675 mobile/text and e-mail the Concord Club at

    Our Club provides Service Above Self to make a positive difference in the lives of people - both locally and worldwide. We welcome you to attend our Club Meetings, which are held on the first and third Wednesdays from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. at the Boxboro Regency Hotel and Conference Center. We also invite you to join us for our monthly Social Gatherings, which are held on the fourth Wednesday from 5:45 to 8:30 p.m. at the Boxboro Regency. For more information, contact Steve Jones-D'Agostino, our Club's 2022-2023 president, at either or 508-930-8675 mobile/text.

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