The Food Pantry at First Church started in 2009 and serves more than 120 people per month. It is open the first and third Thursday of each month from 11:00 a.m.- 12:00 noon. A schedule is generally posted on the Eliot Street door of the Church.
People of all ages, races, and circumstances come to the Food Pantry. Many have never asked for this kind of help before but now are in need because of job loss, fewer work hours, or medical costs. We do not ask for identification of documentation of any kind; if people come to the pantry, we give them food. We provide basic staples like pasta and canned goods, fresh produce when available, bakery bread, and a few personal items.
The pantry is funded mostly by our congregation with additional help from local grocery stores and bakeries. If you are interested in contributing, you may bring food to the Church during the Church’s regular office hours (on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. – but call first), or during regular food pantry hours.
Canned goods and other non-perishable items may also be brought on Sundays immediately before or after the 11:00 service: those items may be left in the bins located in the sanctuary, in the back pew on the Eliot Street side of the Church.
Monetary donations are also always welcome. Checks can be sent to the First Church JP office payable to the church with the notation “food pantry” on the memo line.
For more information, contact the Church Office.
Photographs below are of some of our Food Pantry volunteers getting ready for a busy November day. © jennifer waddell photography