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Welcome to Food For The World, Inc.

Our Mission

Our mission is to alleviate hunger and malnutrition by providing free food to low-moderate income families, the homeless, the indigent, especially children and the elderly through our (5) free pantries distribution site; as well as health, Teen Prevention workshops, wellness information and emergency clothing support services to insure healthier, happier communities in spite of poverty.
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A Wellness Program

Health Screening Program:

We offer quarterly health screenings for our clients to promote better health and wellness through our partnership with the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center Clinic and the City of Lawrence. These screenings are for cholesterol, diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular diseases and are available 4x a year to all of our clients free of charge.

Diet and Nutritional Counseling Program:

We offer diet and nutritional counseling sessions in-house for our clients. A certified nutritionist conducts classes on various aspects of better living, healthier lifestyles, dieting and exercise. More than 50 people participated in the last diet and nutritional classes. The next session will specifically focus on nutrition for diabetics and we are expecting the number of attendees to increase.

Weekly Food Distribution (five food pantries):

In 2011, FFTW distributed 930,415 lbs of food to over 265,968 individuals/families; consist of 148,562 lbs more than the previous year, a significant 19% increase. Monthly we serve over 6,000 families and on a weekly basis 700 individuals/families through our 5 food pantries. In 2012 we distributed 901,032 lbs of food to more than 6,766 individuals/families. Due to the very poor economy combined with the high unemployment rate we anticipate that in our next fiscal year we will probably but unfortunately distribute more than one million pounds of food to more than 8,000 needy individuals/families.
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Other related services

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program:

We offer counseling to teens and their parents. We demonstrate to parents ways to communicate with their teens and how to have the very awkward "sex talk". We believe that communication is the key to teaching our teens how to make smart decisions when the time comes. We inform the teens the many consequences that come with having sex like: unwanted pregnancies, STD's like Herpes and HIV/AIDS which are not curable. We will demonstrate these changes by bringing people in to describe their life changing experiences that come with becoming pregnant or with being infected with any kind of STD as a consequence for not having the knowledge necessary before having sex and in turn avoid making bad decisions. All services provided are free to the community of Lawrence and the rest of the Merrimack Valley in Massachusetts.

Clothes Donation:

We also offer clothes, jackets and coats to those who cannot afford them and in desperate need . We are also open for clothes donations.
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