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!

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The Tewksbury Knights of Columbus
Fr. Francis Coppens Council #4336

DRIVE UP-DROP OFF FOOD DRIVE


The Tewksbury Knights of Columbus is hosting a “DRIVE UP-DROP OFF” non-perishable food drive to benefit the Tewksbury Community Pantry on Saturday, September 26th from 9:30am to 2:30 pm. Your food donation will go directly to the Pantry to help stock their shelves and fill up their food boxes for their monthy distribution. Thank you in advance for your participation and donation.

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The 2020 Tewksbury Community Pantry's Annual Golf Tournament Cancelled

After 20 consecutive years of hosting our annual golf tournament fundraiser, we made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s event due to the impact of the pandemic. We are making this decision because it seems unfair to ask for the usual business support while many businesses are struggling, out of concern for social distancing requirements on the course for a group that generally is in a high risk category, and our inability to celebrate together in a large group setting. We want to thank all for their historical support and we hope to be back on the course with you in August 2021.

In these challenging times, we ask that you keep the pantry in mind in coming months as the golf event is our single largest annual fundraiser, and other fundraising events have been postponed or cancelled, further impacting typical donation patterns. Despite these changes, the pantry continues to distribute nearly $250,000 annually in food support to Tewksbury residents. Tewksbury has always been there to support those less fortunate in our town, and we know these difficult times will be no different.

Stay safe,

Todd Johnson
Chair of Golf Committee
Director

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April 11, 2020

Dear Tewksbury Community:

These are uncertain times. The Coronavirus pandemic has markedly changed all of our lives and disrupted our regular routines in a big way. Social isolation has forced us to avoid interaction with many. However, that isolation has apparently not caused people in Tewksbury to lose sight of the greater good.

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 Tewksbury will once again help us to meet this obligation.

Stay safe and healthy,

The Board of Directors
Tewksbury Community Pantry, Inc.

 

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Dear Friends:

It is hard to know how many people will need us at the Tewksbury Community Pantry during and after this unprecident virus outbreak but in anticipation if you would like to donate non-perishable goods to our pantry you can bring them to the pantry building and place them in the food bins we provide. Please remember to social distance and if anyone is putting items in the bins, please wait in your car until they are back in their car before proceeding to the bins. If you would like to help monetarily, you can click on the link below and donate on line or mail a check. Anything large or small is equally appreciated.

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

Board of Directors

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March 27, 2020

Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive Postponed

The 28th annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive, scheduled for May 9, 2020, has been postponed. The NALC, as well as our national partners, are fully committed to rescheduling the food drive later in 2020. A new date has not yet been scheduled.

The annual success of the food drive is largely due to the efforts of letter carriers, other postal employees, postal customers, community volunteers and many more. Their safety is of paramount importance. Much of the United States is currently under shelter in place or similar advisories due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and public health authorities such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have issued guidelines that include social distancing. While it is unknown how long these guidelines will remain in place, it is highly unlikely that those involved in the food drive will be able to safely participate just six weeks from now.

NALC and our national partners recognize that food assistance is a critical need for many during this difficult time, and we remain committed to helping those in need in the communities we serve across America. We look forward to once again holding the largest one-day food drive in America when it is safe to do so.

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TEWKSBURY COMMUNITY PANTRY 2020 ANNUAL MEETING

Dear 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. 

Our annual meeting of the Tewksbury Community Pantry was held on Wednesday, March 4th, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at the Tewksbury Pantry, 999 Whipple Road, Tewksbury, MA. 

Our board president conducted the annual meeting and welcome all visitors and current board members.  

Sincerely,

Board of Directors

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Starting January 2020 Pantry Distribution Hours will Change to the Following Times:

SUNDAY ~ 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
SATURDAY ~ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Monday will stay the same ~
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Please see below for the 2020 Distribution Schedule as well as the 2020 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.

 

 

2020 Distribution Dates

 

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Application Process
All new clients must complete a short 2020 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.

For a 2020 application form: PDF CLICK HERE

Distribution Days and NEW Times Starting in 2020
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.

*** Check Expiration Dates ***

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

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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

 

 

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