Tewksbury Community Pantry

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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 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!

THE PANTRY HELD ITS 19TH ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 3, 2018!!!!!

We would like to thank everyone who participated from hole sponsores, volunteers, donors, golfers and those who donated the great items for the rafflle! It was a warm muggy day out there but diehard golfers didn’t care! We would especially like to thank The Tewksbury Country Club for their amazing golf course and the delicious lunch that was served! We are happy to report that our goals for the tournament were reached and then some! We would also like to thank Todd Johnson, our tournament organizer, for all his work to make our tournament such a success every year. We could not do this without him and his team. Next year will be our 20th year, hard to believer, more details will be posted next year! In the meantime, wishing everyone a happy fall!!

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The Lions of Tewkbury will be holding their 4th Annual Spaghetti Supper Fundraiser at the Tewksbury Country Club to benefit the Tewksbury Community Food Pantry. Take a night off from cooking and bring the family in for Dinner! Enjoy Salad, Spaghetti, Meatballs, Garlic Bread & Dessert for just $10/per person. Please see poster below for more details. Can’t make the Dinner? You can still support us with the ‘Donate’ option below. Thank you for your support!

 

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Tewksbury Dental Associates

Annual Food Drive To Benefit The

Tewksbury Community Pantry

We thank the Tewksbury Dental Associates

for their tireless work serving our community with

their expertise dental practice and

for graciously offering to do another holiday food drive this year to benefit the food pantry!!

Please stop by their office at 1438 Main Street during their regular business hours from now through

November 16th to drop off your donation. For every donation and every "like” on their Facebook

home page https://www.facebook.com/TewksburyDentalAssociates/, you can enter their patient raffle

for a special thank you gift!

You do not need to have an appointment to enter, but please drop in to say hello and get your raffle entry!

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Tewksbury Knights of Columbus

2068 Main Street

Tewksbury, Massachusetts 01876

Thank you again to the Knight of Columbus for another big food drive and their tireless efforts to help the community in need of food assistance!

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The Tewksbury National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Food Drive was held on Saturday, May 12th! Another year, another successful drive despite the rain and chilly temps!

The results were impressive.. 11,676 pounds of usable donated food was collected. We also collected 1,080 lbs of slightly outdated food which we send to the Lowell Shelter’s as they cook everyday and can use up the food quickly.

It was a long wet day, but what a great group of pantry board of director members and volunteers who worked hard to get all the food sorted and put away the same day! The Tewksbury Community Food Pantry would like to thank the Tewksbury Post Office Letter Carriers for the great work in collecting and delivery food. This food drive is our biggest drive and it helps to keep our shelves stocked for the many who come to the pantry once a month for food assistance! We would also like to send a big THANK YOU to everyone in Tewksbury who put out food!!! This drive would not be successful without your help!!!!

 

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TEWKSBURY COMMUNITY PANTRY 2018 ANNUAL MEETING

Our annual meeting of the Tewksbury Community Pantry finally took place on April 11th after several rescheduled dates due to weather.

The Board of Directors of the Tewksbury Community Pantry would like to take this opportunityto thank all our volunteers for their hard work. The Pantry has always been able to meetthe needs of the increasing numbers of Tewksbury residents who require food assistance only because you give so generously of your time and effort.

This was a special meeting as we took time to honor Becky Andrews one of our beloved board members and volunteers who sadly passed away after her long courageous battle with cancer.

The Tewksbury Community Pantry Inc. Board of Directors formally recognized long time volunteer, volunteer coordinator, director, and past board president, Rebecca “Becky” Andrews for her service to the community by naming the volunteer sign in desk area at the Pantry “Becky’s Volunteer Corner”. Becky sadly passed away in June 2017 after a lengthy illness and courageous battle. A plaque and photograph of Becky will be permanently placed at this location in her memory.

The board comments during the presentation to her family included statements recognizing her positive attitude, welcoming approach to all who utilized the Pantry, and her commitment over many years to helping those less fortunate. Moreover, the Pantry culture was influenced by her presence to the extent that this permanent recognition was deemed appropriate by the directors for just the third time in the pantry’s nearly thirty year existence.

(Pictured are Becky’s son Greg, husband David and daughter Lynne showing the plaque and photograph)

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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.

 

 

2018 Distribution Dates:

 

 

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Application Process
All new clients must complete a short 2018 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 2018 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 - 8:00 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.

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.
 

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