To become a regular user of the Barre Food Pantry, you must:
1- Show you live in our service area of Barre, Wheelwright, New Braintree and Oakham. Any of the following can be used to show residence: A piece of mail showing name and an address in our service area; a state issued ID card or a photo ID. We do NOT require a photo ID however, though this type of ID suffices to prove residence in our service area.
2- You must self-report that you do not exceed the USDA income eligibility requirements: We do not require proof, though clients do signify they do not exceed the requirements by signing our sign-in sheet on distribution day.
We do not share personal information to any local, state or federal agencies, while we do report statistics such as residence zip code, family size, ages of members, income sources and participation in other assistance programs such as food stamps (SNAP), WIC, school breakfast and/or school lunch programs, supplemental security income though social security, fuel assistance, and aid to families with dependent children.
Those who qualify to use the food bank may also qualify for other assistance programs. The MA Dept. of Transitional Assistance has more information on those programs.
Our clients typically include those either out of regular wage earning work either through disability or involuntary unemployment, those on fixed incomes such as social security, child support/alimony, the homeless or those with no regular residence or other emergencies and circumstances that prohibit the client from earning a living wage.
Special Notice for Those Who Are in Need of Food and
The Food Pantry offers two monthly distributions. The Food Pantry is now serving the community, with two distribution days:
-- The second Wednesday of the month from 10:00 a.m.– noon.
-- The third Thursday of the month from 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Next Pick-Up Days:
July: Wednesday, July 14th from 10:00 a.m.-noon and Thursday, July 15th from 5:30-7:00 p.m.
August: Wednesday, August 11th from 10:00 a.m.-noon and Thursday, August 19th from 5:30-7:00 p.m.
If extra pick-up is needed, please call Dave P., 978-355-4519 or Chuck R., 978-355-6463.
Donations Requested. The Food Pantry could use donations of pasta, pasta sauce, soups, peanut butter, canned vegetables, canned baked beans, tuna, juices, personal hygiene products (toothpaste, deodorant, toothbrushes, etc.), and market bags.
We once again need your donations of clean, empty egg cartons. The eggs we purchase each month for distribution to our clients come in bulk. Our volunteers repackage them into dozen-egg cartons for our clients. You may leave cartons at our food drop-off boxes at the Barre Senior Center, Woods Memorial Library, Barre Health Center or the Barre Congregational Church. For additional information call Sonja @ (978) 355-6921 or Chuck @ (978) 355-6463.
We would like to thank those of you who donate to the food pantry and to those of you who volunteer!