Edwards Wildman's Boston office recently organized a holiday gift drive for a local nonprofit program, the Ricesticks and Tea Asian Food Pantry, which is the only food pantry in Greater Boston that provides culturally-appropriate groceries for its Asian-American clients. More than 60 attorneys and staff donated approximately 130 gifts to brighten the holidays for individuals, couples, and families. Other employees elected to make monetary contributions instead, totaling almost four hundred dollars, to support Ricesticks and Tea.
The gifts were presented at Ricesticks and Tea's annual holiday party on December 13. For many children, adults, and seniors, these gifts are the only gifts they will receive this holiday season. At the holiday party, Ricesticks and Tea clients were treated to breakfast courtesy of the W Boston Hotel (for which Edwards Wildman represented the developer), and received their usual bags of groceries.
"We are so pleased to help put a smile on the faces of Ricesticks and Tea's clients, as these gifts are going to make an incredible difference to many individuals and families," said Matt McTygue, partner-in-charge of Edwards Wildman's Boston office. "Rebecca has been a passionate and tireless advocate for Ricesticks and Tea, and we were all excited to show our support and appreciation of her dedication."
Hunger in Massachusetts affects many families and individuals, with studies indicating that more than 20% of children in Massachusetts experience food insecurity every day, i.e., not enough food to eat or having to miss a meal. Ricesticks and Tea serves about 110 client households who primarily live in the Chinatown, Bay Village and South End neighborhoods of Boston.