LOWELL -- Middlesex Community College is reminding the campus community of its food pantries, in the wake of a report revealing the growing number of students at risk of being food insecure.

MCC provides two food pantries, two self-serve food cabinets, and a food voucher program for students, faculty and staff, with no eligibility requirements for participation.

The Lowell campus pantry is located inside the Lowell Student Lounge on 45 Middle St., and is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays. The Bedford campus pantry is located in Bedford House (Building 5) in Room BH 001, and is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays. The campus food pantries are open fall and spring semesters while classes are in session.

To receive food and/or personal care items, participants may visit either pantry during regular hours, take food from a self-serve cabinet on either campus, or contact foodpantry@middlesex.mass.edu for more information.

For info visit www.middlesex.mass.edu/studentlife/mccfoodpantry.

-- RICK SOBEY

Warrants open for next meetings

TEWKSBURY -- The Annual Town Meeting and Special Town Meeting warrants are open until 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8.

Those looking to submit petition articles have until that date to collect signatures and submit them to the Town Clerk's Office.


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Annual Town Meeting articles require 10 signatures from registered voters. Special Town Meeting articles require 100 signatures from registered voters.

Annual Town Meeting is set for Monday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m. The Special Town Meeting is set for Wednesday, May 8 at 7 p.m. Both will take place at the Tewksbury Memorial High School.

-- KORI TUITT

House numbers effort in town

WILMINGTON -- The Wilmington Community Fund began its "House Numbers for Safety" campaign for improved safety for residents and first-responders in emergencies. In order to better identify homes, the Wilmington Community Fund is offering free house numbers to residents who complete a form by Friday, March 1. The house numbers should be picked up on Saturday, April 6 at the Fourth of July Building, located at 142 Middlesex Ave., between 9 a.m. to noon.

To fill out the form online, visit www.commfund.org/house-number-survey.html. Paper forms are also available at Town Hall.

-- KORI TUITT

Bank employees donate $31,000

TEWKSBURY -- Lowell Five Bank employees donated more than $31,000 in local charities in 2018, the company announced in a Thursday press release.

Employees chose the Lowell Humane Society, Merrimack Valley Hospice, the Andrew J. Zabierek Foundation and Lucy's Love Bus to receive funds. Half of the money donated came directly from the employees, with Lowell Five Bank itself matching the other half.

The company's Charitable Giving Committee also revealed four organizations that will receive a Quarterly Charitable Giving Award in 2019: the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals at Nevins Farm, Merrimack Valley Hospice, The Wish Project, and the Boys and Girls Club of Lowell.

-- CHRIS LISINSKI