Holiday Assistance Program Provides 300 Grocery Gift Cards to Individuals in Need

Filed Under: Philanthropy
BROCKTON, MA… Old Colony Elder Services (OCES) fulfilled the food insecurity needs of hundreds in the community this holiday season through their Holiday Assistance Program.

OCES provided 300 grocery gift cards, valued at $100 each, to individuals in need throughout Brockton. This was supported by a generous grant from United Healthcare and funding from OCES’ Nutrition Department.

OCES partnered with Vicente’s Supermarket to supply grocery gift cards to participating agencies that would then give them to individuals in need. The agencies participating in OCES’ Holiday Assistance Program include Brockton Neighborhood Health Center (BNHC); Signature Healthcare; The Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office; and New Heights Charter School.

“OCES strives to identify and fulfill the needs of the community. The greatest need this holiday season was food,” explained Samantha Sousa, MassHealth Programs Director at OCES. “We’d like to thank participating agencies and Vicente’s Supermarket, for helping to provide essential food assistance to local individuals in need.”

For more information about OCES and their Nutrition Program, visit To learn more about Vicente’s Supermarket, visit

50 Years of Care and Collaboration
Join in the celebration of OCES’ 50th anniversary, by helping to make a difference with a donation to the campaign in support of OCES’ Behavioral Health and Wellness programs.

To make a donation online, visit and click on the Donate button. Donations may also be made by check or money order and mailed to OCES, 144 Main Street, Brockton, MA 02301.

OCES is recognized as a tax-exempt charitable corporation under section 501c3 of the IRS tax code.

About OCES
Celebrating 50 Years of Care and Collaboration and recognized as one of the 2023 Best Places to Work by Cape & Plymouth Business Media, OCES is a private, nonprofit organization with locations in Brockton and Plymouth. OCES is designated as one of 23 Aging Services Access Points (ASAPs) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and proudly serves Plymouth County and surrounding communities. Through the talent of an experienced and diverse workforce, OCES supports the independence and dignity of older adults and individuals with disabilities by providing essential information and services that promote healthy, safe living which positively impacts our community. The agency offers several programs to serve older adults, individuals with disabilities, their families, and caregivers. For more information call 508-584-1561 or visit