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Pandemic in Focus

Women's Lunch Place during Covid-19 March 17, 2020

Keiko Hiromi | MA, United States

Organization: Women's Lunch Place

March 17, 2020, Women's Lunch Place, Boston, Massachusetts, USA:Women's Lunch Place Chef Sherry Hughes (R) working with Rachel Kline (front left) and Stacey Zellen (back) of Women's Lunch Place while preparing peanut butter and jerry sandwiches for take out breakfast meal in kitchen at Women's Lunch Place in Boston.

Boston’s non-profit organization, Women’s Lunch Place (WLP), which serves women who are experiencing homelessness or poverty by providing a day shelter community with nutritious food and personal care, suspended their community setting services and restaurant-style meal programs due to coronavirus pandemic. Instead, they are still serving take-out meals, providing toiletries and personal care items (including socks, hat and scarf for cold weather) to women who need them. Food Service manager Chef Sherry Hughes of Women’s Lunch Place says that they are receiving a lot of food donations. “My storage is full now,” she said. Donations came from many restaurants and companies such as Liberty Mutual, Starbucks, Flour Bakery, Trade restaurant and University Club to name a few. “This is our fundraising season,” says Jennifer Hanlon Wigon, Executive Director of Women’s Lunch Place. Wigon says that what they needed last week were hygiene products, but now the greater need is financial support. Hughes says she is working as long she can to serve the community. “Our ladies have nowhere to go”

The Boston Sun


I pitched this story to a local neighborhood newspaper.  I want to focus on people who are still working to serve one of the most vulnerable poplulations.  

Boston mayor Marty Walsh annouced closing of Boston Public Schools on March 13. MA governor Charlie Baker annouced all restaurants to shut down except take out service on March 15th.

I have worked with Women's Lunch Place on different projects in past. This is not commisioned work.

For more info about Women's Lunch Place: https://womenslunchplace.org/

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