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From left: Lion Michelle Biron, David Petrovick, Food Pantry executive director, and Lions Joe Petracone, Sal Imperato and Tim Mara.

The Barre Lions Club donated several hundred pounds of non-perishable food items to the Barre Food Pantry in February.
The food was collected at the Massachusetts Lions District 33A Mid-Winter Conference held February 8 - 10 at the Double Tree Inn in Leominster. Most of the 49 clubs from district 33A had representatives at this conference. Barre Lions Club members brought the collected food to the Barre Food Pantry.

The Food Pantry collects food from local donors, area markets and the Worcester County Food Bank. Volunteers serve more than 100 area families with a monthly distribution at the Barre Congregational Church and with emergency deliveries during the month.

Donations of non-perishable food are accepted at the
Barre Family Health Center (reception desk), the  Barre Senior Center on South Barre Road, the Woods Memorial Library, at St. Joseph's Church and at The South Barre Rod & Gun Club. For information about  how to volunteer,
call Sonja Blaney at (978) 355-6921. For emergency assistance or answers to other questions call Chuck Radlo at (978) 355-6463.

Barre Congregational Church

Food Pantry

2018 Annual Report

Reduction in use due to a change in clients’ needs

The Food Pantry saw an overall reduction in use across all age groups and towns served this year, as clients with jobs have told us that they have difficulty using the Pantry due to it’s morning distribution time.

While it is great news that the unemployment rate has fallen to very low levels, it has to be noted that many of those new jobs are in part-time and/or low wage jobs, and many people are not sharing in the economic boom. Additionally, we have learned from neighboring Pantries that Barre residents are using their Pantry’s evening hours. It is apparent that we need to make a change to make sure we better reach those in need here at home.

Also of note, seniors and shut-ins have indicated that they have difficulty regularly using the Pantry, so we could use your help in soliciting for volunteers for delivery to shut-ins. Starting in April 2019, the Pantry will launch a once monthly evening distribution coinciding with the Community Dinner on the 3
rd Thursday of the month. We feel that clients can socialize over a hearty meal, and take home some groceries as well. There will be greater opportunity for collaboration, cooperation and fellowship.

The Pantry typically serves 80- 120 families each month and our clients take home a wide variety of non-perishable food items along with fresh fruit, vegetables, eggs, dairy, meat and bread, totaling 25-40 lbs. per family.  
We made 12 monthly trips to the Worcester County Food Bank (WCFB) in Shrewsbury, bringing back nearly 30,000 lbs. of food allotted to us from the USDA, the Massachusetts Emergency Feeding Assistance Program (MEFAP), and food items donated to the WCFB by grocery retailers and distributors.

We were the recipient of food drives held by the Quabbin Regional Schools this last year. We wish to thank the Barre Lions Club, Knights of Columbus, Barre Family Health Center and countless individuals and organizations for their significant contributions in 2018.
The Pantry uses monetary donations to buy non-perishable and perishable items from local farms and businesses. We are very thankful for all of our supporters and volunteers; we cannot do our work without your help.

Dave Petrovick, Director

 

Congregational Church Food Pantry
2017 Annual Report

The BCC Food Pantry saw another very busy year in 2017, with a 5% increase in the number total people served over 2016, along with a notable 32% increase in the number of new people seen at the Pantry. It appears that our region is gaining new faces! Children aged 5-17 and adults aged 18-64 were the majority of whom we serve. Use of the Pantry by our elderly decreased in 2017, the first-ever significant downward trend we’ve seen since we started keeping electronic records in 2007! Are there fewer older needy citizens in our area? Or, are they unable to avail themselves to the Pantry?

The pantry typically serves 100- 150 families each month and our clients take home a wide variety of non-perishable food items along with fresh fruit, vegetables, eggs, dairy, meat and bread, totaling 25-40 lbs. per family!

The Worcester County Food Bank in Shrewsbury has highlighted the Pantry in their 2017 annual report as an exemplary Pantry offering a wide variety of fresh and healthy foods. This could not have been possible without the support of all our contributors!

We made 12 monthly trips to the Worcester County Food Bank (WCFB) in Shrewsbury, bringing back nearly 34,000 lbs. of food allotted to us from the USDA, the Massachusetts Emergency Feeding Assistance Program (MEFAP), and food items donated to the WCFB by grocery retailers and distributors. Several large food drives held by the Quabbin Regional Schools, Barre VFW, Barre Family Health Center and countless individuals dropping off donations at the area’s Churches, the Woods Memorial Library, the Barre Senior Center and a new collection box at the South Barre Rod and Gun Club filled our shelves to nearly bursting! Several community benefits were held for the Pantry as well.

The Pantry uses monetary donations to buy non-perishable and perishable items from local farms and businesses. We are very thankful for all of our supporters and volunteers; we cannot do our work without you!

Dave Petrovick, Director

OTHER WAYS THAT YOU CAN HELP

Drop off non-perishables at the library or at the Barre Family Health Center.

Contact Michelle Bertrand at the food bank
 774-757-7888 for information about how  your group can hold a food drive.

Call Sonja - we can always use volunteers to help
set up the monthly distribution, carry groceries for clients each month or help deliver to shut-ins.

For information about volunteering call Sonja @ (978) 355-4002. For emergency assistance or answers to other questions call Chuck @ (978) 355-6463 We will return your call.

 

You can help our work in the  community by Sponsoring a Food Drive, by making a donation or by giving of your time.

For information about volunteering call Sonja @ (978) 355-6921. For emergency assistance or answers to other questions call Chuck @ (978) 355-6463 We will return your call.

The Barre Food Pantry is located at the Barre Congregational Church on Park Street.

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