Boston Veterans Step Up to Stock Dorchester Food Pantry Amid Coronavirus Struggle

Only two weeks into the coronavirus lockdown, Elizabeth Caisey faced an impossible choice: grocery shop for her family or fill the food pantry her Boston neighbors had come to depend on, now more than ever.

Caisey remembers looking at the meager supplies left in Dorchester’s Community Corner food pantry and worrying what the single mothers, recently homeless, and laid-off workers in Codman Square would eat.

“We had two bags left of food,” Caisey said.

The pandemic and ensuing lockdown drove demand for the food pantry’s meal kits up seven-fold, and Caisey feared they’d be wiped out. She put out the call to the community for help. Massachusetts Fallen Heroes answered.

Massachusetts Fallen Heroes was founded in 2010 by local veterans, Gold Star families, police officers and firefighters to honor service members who paid the ultimate price for freedom.

“We came across the food pantry and said, ‘we’d like to help and do our part,’” said Mass Fallen Heroes board member Mike Brown. “We’re conditioned to know that many ants make for light work. There are people in need and we can help, so we’re going to.”

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