Tewksbury Community Pantry

"People Helping People"

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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



The Board of Directors of the Tewksbury Community Pantry would like to take this opportunity to thank our volunteers for their 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 held on:

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

at the Tewksbury Pantry, 999 Whipple Road, Tewksbury, MA.

Our board president will conduct the annual meeting and your participation is welcome at this time. Hope to see you!!

Sincerely, Board of Directors


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. Below is just a highlight of how local organizations and business helped us out this year 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 this year, 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!

We send our best to everyone for a safe and healthy New Year.


More Than Vegetables~Tewksbury Library Community Garden Donates $1k!

Members of the Tewksbury Library Community Garden came together to present a check to the Tewksbury Food Pantry President, Ray Bowden, for $1,000. Through the efforts of a dedicated group of volunteers, and with the support of the library staff and the Friends of the Tewksbury Public Library, the garden provided approximately 850 pounds of produce from June through November. Toma­toes, potatoes, squash, cucumbers, herbs, beans and kale are just some of the vegetables distributed. A huge kudos goes out to our Pantry Board Member, Jennifer Karp, for coordinating this effort with the Library.



On Wednesday, November 16th, Deputy Chief John S. Voto presented a $500 donation to Ray Bowden, President of to the Tewksbury Community Pantry. The donation was made by PAL to
help support the Pantry’s holiday food distributions. The Tewksbury Community Pantry would
like to thank PAL for this generous donation which will go towards stocking our shelves.


Tewksbury Dental Associates
1438 Main Street
Tewksbury, MA 01876
(978) 851-7890

Annual Food Drive

For Tewksbury Community Pantry

We thank everyone who participated in donating and coordinating the the Tewksbury Dental Associates Annual Food Drive. An abundance of food was donated!



The Tewksbury Knights of Columbus held another successful food drive on November 12, 2016 collecting approximately 800 pounds of food items. The Knights have done an amazing job with their food drives!! Thank you so much for all your hard work!




The Tewksbury Lions Club and the Tewksbury Sons of Italy hosted a Spaghetti Supper as a fundraiser in support of the Tewksbury Community Food Pantry on Tuesday, October 25th at the Tewksbury Country Club. The ballroom was packed, the smell of pasta and meatballs was mouth watering and the desserts where yummy! But the highlight of the evening was the effort that both the Sons of Italy and the Lions Club put forth for a very successful fundraiser. The Tewksbury Food Pantry would like to thank both of these amazing organizations for their hard work and their generous donation! We would also like to thank the Tewksbury Country Club for their delicious Spaghetti, Meatballs, Salad and Dessert!


One of the deep secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others.-Lewis Carroll


Thank You to the Bill Gilman's Fundraiser

Success to Bill Gilman's (Publisher for Your Tewksbury Today) on his quest to lose weight!

Mr. Gilman had volunteered to use his weight loss endeavor, "Project 250", as a fundraiser for the Tewksbury Community Food Pantry. We received approximately $1235.00 in pledges.

Thank you Bill for your hard work and to all those who made pledges and supported Bill in his courageous quest! As of October 1, 2016, Bill lost 100 pounds!


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.


2017 Distribution Dates:

Please Note Revised Schedule Below!



Application Process
All new clients must complete a short 2017 application form which includes some financial information. All client information is kept confidential. At the time of the application, Tewksbury residency must be proven. The Social Security numbers of the applicant and all people in the household who will be fed must also be verified. 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.

For a 2017 application form: PDF CLICK HERE

Distribution Days and Times
Food is distributed monthly during the following days and times:
Second Sunday of the Month........9 AM - Noon
The Following Monday.................7 PM - 8:30 PM
The Following Saturday..............10 AM - Noon

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.


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.

Food Items

Other Items

*All Canned Goods
*Dish & Laundry Soap
*Peanut Butter, Jelly, Jam
*Soap, Shampoo, Disposable Razors
*Cold & Hot Cereals, Pancake Mix
*Tissues, Napkins, Paper Towels
*Toilet Tissue
*Canned or Dry Milk
*Trash Bags
*Coffee, Tea, Cocoa, Juices
*Foil & Plastic Bags
*Flour, Sugar, Oil, Baking Mixes
*Paper Plates and Plastic Ware
*Olives, Pickles, Sauces, Gravies
*Sugar-Free Products
*Mayonnaise, Mustard, Ketchup, Relish

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

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