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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 during distribution (scroll down for days and times)
* Any Tewksbury Church
* Tewksbury Public Library
* The Town Clerk's Office at the Town Hall
* The Senior Citizen's Center on Chandler Street

 

Tewksbury Community Garden to Aid Food Pantry
By Kori Tuitt, ktuitt@lowellsun.com

TEWKSBURY -- This summer, Tewksbury residents will have the opportunity to take part in a community garden to benefit the Tewksbury Community Pantry.

Corinn Flaherty is a reference librarian at the Tewksbury Public Library who is coordinating the garden project. Flaherty said the pantry will be happy to receive donated produce after hearing about the idea for a garden.

"This is a great way for people in the community to come together, to learn about where their food comes from and healthy eating," Flaherty said.

The garden will be located behind the library and each plot will measure four feet by eight feet. Flaherty said the goal is to have half of the garden designated for private use and for the other half to be the communal garden for the food pantry. The pantry distributes food throughout Tewksbury three times per month.

"We're going to start small, with maybe 10 to 20 plots to begin with," Flaherty said.

Starting small is ideal because the project is still in its beginning stages, according to Flaherty. She said with more plots, there is a greater possibility of plots being abandoned.

Everything will be grown organically. Hearty foods that are easier to transport, like broccoli and cauliflower, are likely to be grown for the food pantry, Flaherty said. She added that produce like tomatoes would not be ideal to transport.

"We hope to start putting things in the ground by May, but I do expect this to be more of a planning and preparatory year," Flaherty said.

Selectman Todd Johnson, who is also a director at the pantry, said the pantry is blessed to have such supportive community members.

"We've seen many different examples and creative ways that people have found to step up to support the pantry. We're grateful," he said.

Johnson said to prevent food from spoiling, the pantry will need to coordinate with the library so that harvest times can coincide with the pantry's distribution dates.

For information on the garden and how to participate, contact Flaherty at 978-640-4490 ext. 207 or cflaherty@tewksburypl.org.

The Tewksbury Community Pantry would like to thank Corinn Flaherty from the Tewksbury Public Library who is coordinating the garden project. This is a fantastic idea and we appreciate your gracious effort in coordinating this project! The pantry is so grateful for so many in and around Tewksbury who have continued to support the pantry which in turn, helps those in Tewksbury in need of food.

 

 

US Postal Service National Association of Letter Carriers

24th Annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive
—Saturday, May 14, 2016—

The Tewksbury Community Pantry will again coordinate this amazing food drive with the Tewksbury Post Office. To donate, just place non-perishable food items next to your mailbox in a bag before your letter carrier delivers mail on Saturday. The food is delivered to the Tewksbury Food Pantry on that day where it is sorted. All food collected goes directly to those in need of food assistance in Tewksbury!!! Volunteers are need to help unload letter carrier vehicles and sort food between the hours of 2:00-7:00 PM.

Every second Saturday in May, letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America collect the goodness and compassion of their postal customers, who participate in the NALC Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive — the largest one-day food drive in the nation.

 

 

 

Bill Gilman 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. 1st, 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.

As of April 5th, Bill is now at 315 pounds, he has lost 73 pounds!

GOOD JOB BILL, KEEP IT UP!!!

We wish Bill all the best in his journey!

Bill's weight before surgery was 388 lbs.

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.

 

SAVE THE DATE!

It's getting close to that time of the year GOLF! The Pantry will be having its' 17th Annual Golf Tournament on Friday, August 5, 2016. Please see details in the attached brochure: 17th Annual Tewksbury Community Pantry Golf Tournament

For more information please contact Todd Johnson
508-572-0040

 

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 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 WAS HELD!

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.

Our meeting was held on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 with a review of 2015 and elections of board memebers and officers took place. We welcomed our newest board member Jennifer Karp.

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

"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