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Pine Street Inn benefits from Eastern region of Jack and Jill of America’s

Kassmin Williams | 1/21/2014, 8:04 a.m.
Jack and Jill organization from Newton

The hub’s Pine Street Inn benefits from Jack and Jill’s hunger initiative

The Pine Street Inn on Harrison Ave in Boston is benefiting from the Eastern region of Jack and Jill of America’s initiative to provide 100,000 meals throughout the Eastern section of the U.S.

Jack and Jill of America’s Newton Chapter and its grocery partner The Stop and Shop Company joined forces to donate groceries to Pine Street Inn on Monday, during the MLK day of service as part of the “End Hunger in the East” initiative.

Pine Street Inn provides permanent supportive housing, job training and placement, emergency shelter and street outreach to the homeless in an effort to end homelessness.

The Pine Street Inn prepares 2,000 meals each day and serves more than 1,600 homeless individuals daily, according to a press release from the Jack and Jill Newton Chapter.

Jack and Jill families met at the South Bay Stop and Shop for a “stuff-the-bus” activity where they loaded groceries into the bus and delivered them to the Pine Street Inn.

“The need is so great and we are grateful that our families with the support of caring organizations like our grocery partner, Stop and Shop, can help make a difference for those in need,” President of Jack and Jill’s Newton chapter Chenita Daughtry said.

The MLK Day of Service Initiative benefiting the Pine Street Inn is one of several yearlong efforts by the Newton chapter.

Jack and Jill members are contributing by providing volunteer hours to soup kitchens, distribution centers, making donations through food banks and local churches, meal preparation and advocacy through support of emergency food service legislation.