In colonial times, having a pineapple at your party meant you were going all out to impress your guests. A pineapple meant you took your hospitality duties seriously, and you were all about welcoming people into your homes. If you saw a pineapple in the center of someone’s table, you knew you were in for a good time.

JCRC’s ReachOut! feels similarly. created at: 2013-01-24With our cycle 7 Launch Party only two weeks away, we’ve got hospitality and good times on our mind. So, it’s only fitting that we are collecting pineapples.  And apples.  And pears. And citrus fruits.  And bananas. And winter squash. And storage root vegetables.

And canned fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, soups, beans, and tomato sauce. And bottled or boxed juice. And peanut butter or other nut/seed butters, rolled oats or cereals, pasta,  bagged nuts/seeds, dried fruit, whole grains of any sort (brown rice, wild rice, bulgur wheat, etc), dried beans, coffee and teas, dried herbs and spices.

To launch our seventh cycle of volunteering ReachOut! is collecting goods for one our volunteer partner sites, the Elizabeth Peabody House.  The Elizabeth Peabody House, located in Somerville, is committed to helping families make healthy eating decisions.  So, in the spirit of pineapples, pick up some fruits, vegetables or whole grains, and support the Elizabeth Peabody House—and all of the volunteers who give back each cycle of ReachOut!

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