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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 for the distribution dates
* Any Tewksbury Church
* The Town Clerk's Office at the Town Hall
* The Senior Citizen's Center on Chandler Street

 

Introducing Our Newest Fundraiser for 2016

Would you like to help support the Pantry and Bill Gilman's (Publisher for Your Tewksbury Today) quest to lose weight and get healthy?

His goal is to lose 120 pounds by Oct. 1, with an ultimate goal of getting down to 250 pounds.
Mr. Gilman has volunteered to use his weight loss endeavour, "Project 250", as a fundraiser for the Tewksbury Community Food Pantry.
Here's how you can participate. Pledge an amount for each pound Mr. Gilman loses.
($0.10/lb x 120 = $12, $0.50/lb x 120 = $60)

The fundraiser will end on October 1, or when he loses 120 pounds, whichever comes first.

Today, January 13, 2016, Bill had his weight taken prior to his surgery!

388 lbs.

We wish Bill all the best as he begins his journey!

Click here to pledge:

pledgeproject250@tewksburypantry.org

Click here to read more:

Project 250 and Bill Gilman's Quest for a Healthier Life

You can check Bill's progress on our FACEBOOK as well.

 

Tewksbury Library to Accept 'Food For Fines' in February

TEWKSBURY, MA - If you have overdue library fines, next month you’ll be able to pay them off by donating a non-perishable food item.

For the entire month of February, the Tewksbury Public Library will be holding a “Food For Fines” drive to benefit the town’s food pantry.

For every non-perishable food item donated at the library, $1 in fines will be cleared from the donor’s library card account. Donations must be brought to the Circulation Desk and donors are asked to have their library cards handy.

The “Food For Fines” program only applies to fines for overdue library materials, not fees for lost or damaged materials.

“This is a great opportunity to clear your library fines while helping those need in need,” said Library Director Diane Giarrusso in a press release issued Monday. “Our patrons always step up and show overwhelming support for the Tewksbury Community Pantry during our ‘Food for Fines’ months.”

Suggested food donations include: baked beans, condiments, pancake mix, tea bags, cereal, pasta sauce, cooking oil, baby food, beef stew, canned chili, canned tuna, hot chocolate, salad dressing, peanut butter, crackers, jam or jelly, flour, sugar, coffee, syrup, pasta, juice, cookies, macaroni & cheese, powdered drink mixes, instant potatoes, and dry milk.

Household items such as shampoo, soap, deodorant, toothbrushes, disposable razors, dishwasher soap and liquid laundry soap are also greatly appreciated.

No perishable donations, expired donations, or donations in glass jars can be accepted.

The Tewksbury Public Library serves as a drop-off location for Tewksbury’s Food Pantry year-round, with a donation box located in the library’s lobby area.

 

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 in 2015.

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 during this 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.

Best wishes from all of us for a safe and Happy New Year.
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Tewksbury Community Pantry

 

2016 Distribution Dates:

Please Note Revised Schedule Below!

TEWKSBURY COMMUNITY PANTRY 2016 ANNUAL MEETING NOTICE !!!

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 2, 2016 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

 

Application Process
All new clients must complete a short 2016 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 2016 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.

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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.

Introducing our new 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.  The pantry is run by all unpaid volunteers. 

 

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

*Pasta

*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
*Toothpaste
*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
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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