Our Neighbors’ Table, a non-profit food assistance program that provides flexible and personalized programs to local communities, is hosting its third annual food truck festival at Cashman Park located at 202 Merrimac Street in Newburyport, MA from 12:00 to 5:00 pm on Saturday, Sept. 7. Open to the public, this family-friendly event brings together food trucks, craft beers, live music, lawn games and arts and crafts for people from all over the Greater Newburyport, North Shore and Seacoast areas to enjoy.
Proceeds of the event will directly support the Our Neighbors’ Table mission: to provide access to fresh, wholesome food where and when families living in Northeastern Essex County need it. Every $1 donated puts one more meal on the table for a local neighbor in need. This year, Our Neighbor’s Table is aiming to raise $30,000, which will feed 30 neighbors for a year.
The food trucks will be in a section of the park designated “Food Alley” offering a variety of flavorful options featuring cuisine from Chicks & Dogs, Empanada Dada, Big Rig BBQ, Phoenix Rising Pizza, Metzy’s, and Sacred Cod as well as delicious desserts courtesy of Clyde’s Cupcakes. In “Beer Alley”, attendees can find refreshing craft beverages available from Ipswich Ale Brewery and Barewolf Brewing.
Additionally, adults and children alike can spend the afternoon in “Amusement Alley”, which will feature games and kid-friendly activities including corn hole, frisbee, and an interactive musical drumming activity held by a local youth volunteer.
“Our mission of creating a food-secure community in Northeastern Essex County is made possible by the incredible support of our volunteers, donors and attendees of events like the ‘Fill ‘Em Up Fest,’” said Lyndsey Haight, Executive Director, Our Neighbors’ Table. “While we have filled the plates of many of our neighbors, our work is far from over. With this event, we hope to raise awareness around the issue of food insecurity, celebrate the impact we’ve made, and cultivate more volunteers with the likeminded vision to end hunger in our community.”
Since January 2019, Our Neighbors’ Table has provided more than 1,054,483 meals to over 4,100 people in need. That’s over 120,000 pounds of food served in 2018 alone.
The Institution for Savings is the event’s title sponsor and a long list of other generous sponsors includes:
- Bentley’s Real Estate
- Amesbury Industrial Supply Co. Inc.
- Amesbury Lion’s Club
- Mountain Top Landscape Co.
- Shea Concrete Products
Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Children 13 and under are admitted for free. For more information visit http://fillemupfest.com.
During the event, attendees will be encouraged to spread the word and share photos via social media using the official event hashtag: #FillEmUp.
About Our Neighbors’ Table
Our Neighbors’ Table, established in 1992, provides food assistance to individuals and families living in Amesbury, Boxford, Byfield, Georgetown, Groveland, Merrimac, Newbury, Newburyport, Rowley, Salisbury, South Hampton and West Newbury. This non-profit provides hunger relief to nearly 600 households every week through its local, mobile and home-delivery grocery programs and its Wednesday Meal. Additionally, Our Neighbors’ Table also offers a summer lunch program, holiday programs and emergency assistance. Hunger affects 1 out of 16 people in this community, 1 out of 5 seniors, 1 out of 8 children. 31% of the students in the Amesbury school district are enrolled in the free/reduced lunch program and 24,290 children are food insecure in Essex County. The organization is committed to working collaboratively with other providers and community stakeholders to serve the holistic needs and is actively engaged in a variety of community partnerships to make that possible. Every $1 donated puts one more meal on the table.