Tewksbury Community Pantry

"People Helping People"

For further information please contact us via phone or e-mail. 

 

 

 

The Tewksbury Community Pantry provides short and long-term food assistance to Tewksbury residents in financial need and to people who are referred to the Pantry by Tewksbury clergy and the town clerk's office. Confidential assistance is given to everyone who receives food from the Pantry.

Anyone seeking food assistance should call (978) 858-2273. Leave a message and your call will be returned. Voice mail messages are retrieved on a weekly basis.

Directions: The Pantry is located at 999 Whipple Road on the grounds of the Department of Public Works. From the center of town at the gazebo, take Pleasant Street to the end. Take a left on to Whipple Road. Drive .5 of a mile and turn right on Pine Street. Take the first right into the DPW. The Pantry is the first building on the left. Click here for additional directions: DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Applying for Assistance
Tewksbury residents in financial need are eligible to apply. Applications are available from:

* The Pantry Building or scroll down to the link below the distribution dates
* Any Tewksbury Church
* The Town Clerk's Office at the Town Hall
* The Senior Citizen's Center on Chandler Street

All of us at the pantry would like to send a warm thank you to everyone who has made donations of food, cash, gift certificates and time and effort as volunteers! The Tewksbury Community Pantry is very fortunate to have so many out there helping to keep the pantry running. If not for the amazing efforts of so many we would not be able to provide the food we do to those in need in Tewksbury. We are truly blessed to have so many local organizations and business help through their fundraising efforts and amazing generosity. In addition to so many citizens from in and around Tewksbury giving cash donations, we are so grateful for all the food drives from schools, churches, businesses, organizations and families. Please know that we make every effort to thank each and every one of you for your cash and food donations. If you haven’t received a thank you, perhaps because there was no mailing address or something got lost in the mail, we apologize and take this time to personally thank you and want you to know without all of you, we would not be able to provide the food we do for those in need!

To All Potential Volunteer Groups:

The Pantry is able to continue its operations because of the dedication and hard work of its volunteers. Volunteers sort and check food for expiration dates, fill boxes, bag canned goods and do many other duties that keep the pantry running. We have received numerous calls from groups who want to help during these hard times but because of the pandemic and social distancing mandates, we are unable to have groups inside of our building. We hope to resume our group volunteering sometime in 2022. We will continue to need individual volunteers to help us on distribution days when we are short handed.

We welcome volunteer groups to conduct their own creative activities or food drives to support the pantry independent of the pantry. We can arrange drop off times as needed by calling or emailing.

At all times, our volunteers provide confidential assistance to everyone who receives food and client information is never given out. We strive to maintain anonymity of clients and preserve the dignity of all those who come to the pantry. Please call the Pantry at (978) 858-2273 or send an e-mail to volunteer@tewksburypantry.org to inquire about individual volunteering.

We are grateful for the many ways organizations have found ways to assist in these unusual times and hope all continue to remain safe.

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Dear Tewksbury Community:

These are uncertain times as the Coronavirus and its variants are still with us and has markedly changed all of our lives and disrupted our regular routines in a big way. But thankfully the virus has not caused people in and around Tewksbury to lose sight of the greater good and the need for food assistance for so many.

History has shown repeatedly that in times of great difficulty, there are often people who rise to the occasion. This pandemic is proving to be no different. The news nationally and locally has reported multiple stories of people going out of their way to assist others in unique and heartfelt ways. Tewksbury is no different. The Tewksbury Community Pantry has been the beneficiary of many examples of that generosity and concern over the last few weeks. Our community has demonstrated its certain and firm commitment to those less fortunate among us through multiple group and individual efforts to raise food or monetary donations directed to the community pantry. There are too many examples to cite here, and we do not want to exclude anyone, so please know that we are extremely grateful for all the support that has been provided to us.

We also are keenly aware that many food banks throughout the region are experiencing increased demand from the economic fallout of this pandemic. Be assured that we are committed to providing needed support to all Tewksbury residents in need and want to thank the entire community for its partnership in helping us achieve that goal. Despite all the uncertainty surrounding us, we remain certain that people will continue to help us to meet this obligation and for that we are extremely grateful.

Thank you to everyone who has reached out to us in so many ways. We could not be here without you.

The Board of Directors
Tewksbury Community Pantry, Inc.

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TEWKSBURY COMMUNITY PANTRY ANNUAL MEETING NOTICE FOR 2022

TO ALL OUR VALUED VOLUNTEERS:

The Board of Directors of the Tewksbury Community Pantry would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your hard work as a pantry volunteer. The Pantry has always been able to meet the needs of the increasing numbers of Tewksbury residents who require food assistance only because you give so generously of your time and effort.You are invited to attend the annual meeting of the Tewksbury Community Pantry which will be held on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at 7:00 PM at the Pantry, 999 Whipple Road, Tewksbury, MA. Our board president will conduct the annual meeting and your participation is kindly welcomed.

Hope to see you!

Board of Directors

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Pantry Distribution Hours

SUNDAY ~ 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
SATURDAY ~ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
MONDAY ~7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Please see below for the 2021 Distribution Schedule as well as the 2021 Pantry Application.

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THANK YOU!
On behalf of the Tewksbury Community Pantry and the people we serve, we would like to thank you for your very generous donations!

Our clients come to us for many different reasons, some long-term and others short-term. Your generous donations help us to continue this service to all those who need food assistance in Tewksbury. We would not be able to do this without the support we receive from so many so we thank you for making the pantry a recipient of your generosity.

A big thank you goes out for all the food drives that so many organizations, community groups, schools and businesses conducted throughout the year! Thank you for all your hard work in putting together these food drives! The food collected goes directly to our clients during our monthly distributions.

 

 

2021 Distribution Dates

 

 

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Application Process
All new clients must complete a short 2021 application form which includes some financial information. All client information is kept confidential. At the time of the application, Tewksbury residency must be proven. New applicants will be asked if they are receiving other government benefits to determine their eligibility to receive an additional food package from the USDA.

Please use our 2021 application form to apply - CLICK HERE

Distribution Days
Food is distributed monthly during the following days and times:
Second Sunday of the Month.......9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
The Following Monday.................7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The Following Saturday..............10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Families and friends who come to the Pantry are greeted by a friendly staff of volunteers who help them meet their nutritional needs. Everyone receives a pre-packaged box of food and an additional bag of food provided by the USDA.  Meat and cheese are distributed when available.

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Donations
Donations from generous citizens, businesses and organizations allow the work of feeding those in need to continue at the Pantry. All donations are kept strictly confidential.

Please note: As a non-profit food support organization for those less fortunate in Tewksbury, the Tewksbury Community Pantry generally takes no position on any political or social issues. We are grateful for all the support we get from the Tewksbury community, and we appreciate the creativity many people and groups demonstrate in supporting the pantry. Like many other charitable organizations, the pantry is not necessarily directly involved in the planning of, or the details of how or when people decide to donate to the pantry, and often is the recipient of fundraising donations long after the fundraising event itself has occurred.

PayPal On-line Donations!

To make a credit card donation, click on the Donate button below and a new window will open taking you to PayPal. This is a very secure and reputable way to make a donation to The Tewksbury Community Food Pantry. As always your donation is extremely appreciated and you can be confident that all monies go directly to support the pantry in purchasing food for the clients and maintaining our building.

 
All on-line donors receive a personalized thank you from the pantry either via email or regular mail. When you make a donation through PayPal and would like to include your mailing address, please click the box "Share my mailing address with Tewksbury Community Pantry" so we can mail you a thank you for your generous donation. If you prefer not to include a mailing address, we will send an email thank you.

Food Donations
The Pantry makes every effort to provide families and friends with nutritious food that is within its freshness date. We discard food past its expiration date and food in opened boxes. Always consider what you would eat or serve to your family. Donations of non-perishable food may be made at any church in Tewksbury, at the library, several local businesses, or dropped off at the pantry. If you have a significant amount of non-perishable food, please call the Pantry at (978) 858-2273 to arrange a delivery date and time. See below for donation item ideas.

WE DO NOT ACCEPT OR GIVE OUT EXPIRED FOOD

PLEASE Check Expiration Dates Before Donating!

Food Items

Peanut Butter, Jelly all flavors, Jam, Fluff
Cold & Hot Cereal
Pancake Mix & Syrup
Pasta, Pasta sauce
Coffee, Tea, Cocoa,
Juices (apple, cranberry, etc)
Flour, Sugar, Oil
Baking Mixes
Gravy
Mayonnaise, Mustard, Ketchup, Relish
Snacks – crackers, cookies, granola bars
Individual snacks
Boxed or bagged potatoes, rice
Mac-n-Cheese
Canned Goods (at this time we have an abundance of canned soup and veggies)
Baby Food/Diapers
Gluten Free products
Sugar Free Products

Other Items

Dish Soap
Soap, Shampoo, Disposable Razors, Shaving Cream
Tissues, Napkins, Paper Towels
Toilet Paper
Trash bags
Foil, Storage Bags, Saran Wrap
Toothpaste/Toothbrush
Laundry Detergent
Dryer Sheets
Deodorants

**** NO GLASS - PLEASE ****
 
Cash Donations
The Tewksbury Community Pantry is a registered non-profit organization. Your monetary donations are tax deductible and are welcomed. Checks may be made payable to and sent to:

Tewksbury Community Pantry, Inc.
999 Whipple Road
Tewksbury, MA 01876
978-858-2273

Tewksbury Community Pantry is recognized by the
Internal Revenue Service as a 501 (c) (3) public charity.
All donations are tax deductible
FID# 04-3280846

To contact the Pantry via email: info@tewksburypantry.org

 

 

"I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; I will not refuse to do the something I can do." - Helen Keller