Food Pantry: COVID-19 Update
Our own Food Pantry is on hold, but our sanctuary serves as First Baptist's food distribution center
The Jamaica Plain Food Pantry was obliged to suspend operations in March due to the COVID-19 outbreak. It is our hope to re-emerge later in 2021 in a new format which will enable us to provide aid in a manner that is safe for all clients and volunteers. In the interim, we have made financial donations to the Greater Boston Food Bank.
We currently are partnered with the First Baptist Church in JP in support of their food delivery efforts. This support includes supplies and the use of our sanctuary as a food warehouse and distribution center. We continue to accept donations of canned goods and other non-perishable items for this purpose. Items may be dropped off at First Church on Fridays or Saturdays between 10-4.
Frequently Asked Questions
What items does the First Baptist Church in JP accept for its food distribution program? Can I donate produce, frozen food, toiletries, pre-made food, and or bags/boxes?
Our main focus is food items, and occasionally some household necessities as well. So, donations would preferably be any items that do not require freezing/refrigeration and have not surpassed their expiration/sell-by date. We take both perishable produce and non perishables such as cereal, shelf stable milk, canned fruits/veggies, etc. We also accept miscellaneous hygiene and household items that we give away upon request- toothpaste, shampoo, laundry detergent, etc. are always good! Additionally, we pack our grocery deliveries using cardboard boxes and paper grocery bags, so we are always in need of both of these items. Any of these donations can be dropped off at First Church JP on Friday's and Saturday's between 10 and 4.
Can I make a financial contribution? If so, how/to whom?
Financial contributions are also welcome! You are free to send cash/check to First Baptist or drop it by our church office; checks can be made out to First Baptist Church Jamaica Plain with a note for "Food Program" going in the memo line. Donations can also be made online by going to https://www.firstbaptistjp.org/page/give and clicking on "Community Support Fund" -- that will go directly to the food program operations.
I'm in need of food. How can I get on the delivery list?
Folks can be added to our waitlist by contacting Dulce, First Baptist Church's Food Program Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling our Food Program number at 617-971-8840.
Does the program need volunteers?
We have opportunities for people to volunteer packing groceries and helping prep meals in our kitchen but, at the moment, our greatest need continues to be delivery drivers. Anyone interested in helping is free to email email@example.com or call 617-971-8840.