Chef Paul Wahlberg Delivers Thanksgiving Dinner to 300 Local Families

On Tuesday morning Derby Academy students helped fill the boxes of food and loaded them into a truck and a van, just in time to have them delivered for Thanksgiving.

Popular Hingham Chef Paul Wahlberg along with business partner Ed St. Croix and their daughters Madison Wahlberg and Tiffany St. Croix will deliver Thanksgiving Dinner to 300 families across the South Shore this Thanksgiving.

As part of a charitable organization organized by Wahlberg’s charity, Alma’s Kids, each family will receive a box filled a 13 pound turkey, potatoes, cranberry sauce, stuffing, apple cider, butternut squash and green beans, as well as gravy mix, chicken stock, celery, carrots and onion.

On Tuesday morning Madison, a Hingham Middle School students and Tiffany, a Derby Academy student organized a group of Derby Academy students to help fill the 50 boxes and load them into  a truck and van outside the Derby Academy gym. Chef Wahlberg along with St. Croix were also present at Derby Academy  to help the students load the trucks with boxes of food.

Wahlberg said Alma’s Kids hosted Golden Globe and Oscar night parties at Alma Nove earlier this year generating the money to prepare the boxed turkey dinners.

“We realized everyone gives to charities at Christmas, and no one does things like this at Thanksgiving,” Wahlberg said.

According to Wahlberg,  the dinners will be distributed to four community organizations including Wellspring Inc., South Shore Stars, Home for Little Wanders, and the Quincy Community Action Program.

“It’s really helpful to others to give back during this time of year,” Tiffany said.

Alma’s Kids was founded in 2010 by Wahlberg’s daughter, Madison of Hingham and her friend, Tiffany of Hull.  The girls founded the organization as a way to give back to their communities.

“It’s really important to give back because we realize other kids grow up without enough money for food,” Madison said.

Andrea Archer, Head of School at Derby Academy was happy that students from the Hingham school volunteered their time stocking the trucks with the donated food.  She said teaching students to give back to the community is part of the curriculum at Derby Academy.

“Students believe they can make a difference here,” she said.

Wahlberg and business partner and co-owner of both Alma Nove and Wahlburgers in Hingham recently donated money to Derby Academy last month.  This month they have teamed up with the school to help out those less fortunate.

“Growing up in a low-income family, I count my blessings everyday for the life I’ve been able to provide my family,” said Wahlberg, who grew up in Dorchester with nine bothers and sisters, including brothers, Mark and Donnie. “This is our way of giving back to our community and making a difference in the lives of those who are less fortunate.”


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