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The Barre Food Pantry is a volunteer organization dedicated to helping solve the problem of hunger in our community. The Food Pantry organizes a monthly distribution of dry goods, produce and non-perishable food items. We are now located at the Congregational Church on Park Street. The Food Pantry can accept your tax deductible donations and is always welcoming of volunteer efforts, both to organize food drives and to help organize our distribution and to transport food. If you can help, please contact David Petrovick, director, at 978-355- 4519.


Barre Congregational Church
Food Pantry 2015 Annual Report


“The Need Is Still High, Though Leveling off”

The Barre Food Pantry saw another very busy year in 2015, though a bit less so than one year earlier . We served 2218 people- a 419 person decrease from 2014. A trend is appearing- perhaps a leveling off of need? Has the economy truly improved? The Pantry served fewer than 40 families in 2007, and the need ballooned to more than 120 families by 2012. A great need presented itself, and with the community’s support, we met that need!

The pantry typically serves 100- 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, all in all totaling 35-40 lbs. per family! Additionally, we get many fresh items from local farms, so we are pleased to offer nutritious and fresh food for our needy.

We made 12 monthly trips to the Worcester County Food Bank (WCFB) in Shrewsbury, bringing back 28,440 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. Additionally, 2 supplemental runs to the WCFB were made bringing back an additional 1,249 lbs. for a total of 29,689 lbs. of food from the Worcester County Food Bank. This represents a 2,829 lb decrease over 2014.

The pantry purchased produce, fruit, eggs, meat and dairy from local distributors and farms including Maines of Worcester, Hancock Farm, Carter and Stevens Farm, Jones Greenhouses, Stillman’s Farm, Varnot’s Orchards and the Country Hen. We received sizable donations of produce from the Covenant Evangelical Church and The Quabbin Regional School Garden and Composting Program and from many individuals. We are pleased to be able to support the local economy as we serve those who need a helping hand!

Several benefit collections by The Quabbin Regional Schools, the Barre Lions Club and several area Cub Scout troops netted the pantry a wide variety of canned foods and cash donations. (Insert suggestion about how to give here?)

The pantry also offers pet food collected by Abbie Castriotta. That allows our clients to preserve their resources while caring for their pets.

Serving the need takes the tireless dedication of many volunteers; from the shoppers and haulers that make the WCFB run every month, to our small (?) army of food sorters, bag fillers, carriers, administrative helpers, donors and advocates and our supporters at the Barre Congregational Church that graciously support and house this vital community mission.

The pantry ushers out nearly 3,000 lbs. of food every month and in a 2-hour timespan. To do this we relied on the help of volunteers from The Stetson Home/Seven Hills Foundation, The Barre Savings Bank, and The Barre Family Health Center.

The Pantry serves the needy in Barre, Oakham, New Braintree and Wheelwright on the second Wednesday of each month from 10-12. (move closer to the top?)

While the pantry volunteers work hard, we all have a lot of fun and enjoy much camaraderie, consider joining us! We set up the evening before distribution starting at 6:30 p.m.

A special thank you goes out to: Barbara Mennard, Angel Morrison and her family (Don, Tia, Tina, Jesse and Justice), Sonja Blaney, Michelle Bertrand and family, Sarah Dyer, Venerable Man Shing, Diane Champigny, Nan Petrovick, Kathy Johnson, Bob……, Cynthia Jenkins, Mary Beschta, Dale……, Barbara……, Gail…., Richard Barca and Irene….., Chuck and Lee Radlo, Dedee Charlton, Wendy Isgro and to Pastor Deb,


2014 Annual Report
Barre Congregational Church
Food Pantry 2014 Annual Report

“A leveling off of need, but our seniors are losing ground”

The Pantry saw another very busy year in 2014, though the trend of increasing need since 2008 gave way to a slight drop in usage over 2103 (~5% or 156 fewer people served than in 2013). Could the economy be improving?

But before we raise our hopes for better times ahead, the data shows that we are serving more and more seniors every year. This trend shows an unabated trend of increasing need, particularly since 2008. No doubt those on fixed income have had a hard time and are continuing to lose ground in the new post-2008 economy.

The pantry typically serves 100- 120 families each month and they take home a wide variety of non-perishable food items as well as fresh fruit, vegetables, eggs, dairy, meat and bread, all in all totaling 35-40 lbs per family! Additionally, we source many fresh items from local farms, so we are pleased to offer nutritious and fresh food for our needy.


We made 12 monthly trips to the Worcester County Food Bank (WCFB) in Shrewsbury, bringing back 29,020 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. Additionally, 6 supplemental runs to the WCFB were made bringing back an additional 3,498 lbs for a total of 32,518 lbs. of food from the Worcester County Food Bank.

The pantry purchased produce, fruit, eggs, meat and dairy from local distributors and farms including Maines of Worcester, Hancock Farm, Carter and Stevens Farm, and the Country Hen. We received sizable donations of produce from the Covenant Evangelical Church and The Quabbin Regional School Garden and Composting Program and from many individuals.

Several benefit collections by The Quabbin Regional Schools and the Barre Lions Club netted the pantry with a wide variety of canned foods and cash donations.

The pantry received 2 large shipments of non-perishable food from Goya Foods, which was facilitated by Quail Hollow Country Club in Oakham and The Barre Police Department.

The pantry ushers out nearly 3,000 lbs of food every month and in a 2-hour timespan! To do this we relied on the help of our Reserve Marine Corps members from Fort Devens, The Stetson Home/Seven Hills Foundation, The Barre Savings Bank, and The Barre Family Health Center.

The Pantry serves the needy in Barre, Oakham, New Braintree and Wheelwright on the second Wednesday of each month from 10-12.


Serving this need takes the tireless dedication of many volunteers; from the shoppers and haulers that make the WCFB run every month, to our army of food sorters, bag fillers, carriers, administrative helpers, donor and advocates and our supporters at the Barre Congregational Church that graciously supports and houses this vital community mission.

View the Statistics

2012 Annual Report

What a long, hard stretch many people have had to endure these last several years! And as the recession lingers, more and more people continue to seek our assistance.

Thankfully we’ve been able to meet this need.
In contrast to the nationwide trend of over-burdened food pantries and dwindling stocks in regional food banks, we’ve been able to keep up with the need in our towns. We’ve been able to increase our purchases of high quality vegetables, fruit, meats and dairy products to round out our offerings. Many of the perishable purchases have been obtained from local farms, too! Our clients take home no less than 35 lbs. of food every month! We’ve seen an increase of food from food drives and donations at our drop-off sites around town. We’ve also seen an increase in monetary donations as well. And last (and not least!) we saw a great deal more volunteer help this year.

By conservative estimates, the food pantry has distributed in excess of 14 tons of food to our needy clients in Barre, Oakham, New Braintree and Wheelwright in 2012. We couldn’t have done it without your help! Thank you!

We keep our website as up to date as we can with all the information people seek about the pantry, for clients, for donors and for volunteers.

Our plans for 2013 include working more closely with local and regional farmers and businesses to supply us with high quality fresh and healthy vegetables, fruit, dairy, groceries and meats.

We believe that food security and public health are both bolstered by having healthy local businesses and farms supported by strong and dedicated community institutions and individuals.

We extend our sincere thanks to our supporters!

The Barre Congregational Church, Pastor Deborah Loomis-Lafond and Wendy Isgro; Janice Handrahan, William and Anna Robinson; New Life Assembly of God Church; Tom and Carol Posey; William and Victoria King; Theodore and Patricia Kowal; Larry and Laura Biro; Robert and Ethel Garrity; Lucille and John Tokarz; Daniel and Caroline Mullins; Dr. Samuel Pickens; Raymond and Christine Nahkala; Jeffery and Pearl Witt; Friday Club; First Parish Church (Robert Bentley); Ann and Robert Pasic; Rutland Congregational Church Crop Walk; Frank and Nancy Gromelski; Timothy Messer; Alice Gray, Arthur and Joanne Gray; Barre Farmers’ Market; Dolores Thorng, Nancy Thorng; Insight Meditation Society; Roger and Dorothy Myers; Diane and Kenneth Cusson; Barre Lions Club; Marilyn Skerry; Curves- Barre; St. Joseph’s Women’s Guild, Mr. and Mrs. William Ferrarone, Mr. and Mrs. William Speiser; Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Adams; Elizabeth Chase; Arlene Wellspring; Linda Bruso; Bessie and Jane Difley; Van Pool Transportation; Susan Greenough; Quail Hollow Country Club/Golfers Arms; Landry and Meilus, LLP; Country Gourmet; Robert Dwyer; Marilyn Haynes; William and Anne Tuttle; C. R. and B. T. Potter; Red Hat Society (Bert Finn); American Legion Post 2 (A. Musnicki) and the American Legion Post 2 Auxiliary; Sandra Fritscher and Jennifer Nye; Charles and Suzanne Fullam; William and Catherine Holmes; Helen S. King; Anonymous, Barre; Carly Clements; Mark Cooley; Earl and Lois Cooley; Sharon Salzberg; V. & H. Hastings; Senator Steve Brewer; Janice Brown and Christine Campbell in memory of Barbara Nordstrom; Brian and Kathlyn Inman; Deborah and Gregory Goldsmith; Herb and Dorothy Holmes; Harvey and Karen Trefrey; Barbara and Jeffery Young; Barre Thief and Rogue Society (Sally Harrington); Stephen and Judith Earls; Julie Sleeper; Thomas and Margaret Mertzic; Raul and Barbara Laborde; Edward and Grace Yaglou; Theola Benedict; John and Patricia Metterville; Michael Castriotta; Quabbin Retired Teachers’ Association; Barre Cub Scouts Troop 26, Boy Scouts of America Troop 26; Dick and Peg Newell; Kevin Canterbury; St. Peter’s Church Petersham (Debra O’Connor); Barre Savings Bank; Barre Family Health Center; UMass Memorial Healthcare; Barre Foods, Inc.; Richard Starke; Alice and R. LeBlanc; Covenant Evangelical Church; Barre Family Pharmacy; Barre Opticians; St. Joseph’s Abbey, Spencer, MA; Quabbin Regional High/Middle School; Quabbin Student Government (Dot Verhayen advisor); Barre Congregational Church Benevolence Committee; Mount Zion Lodge, Barre; Roy Nilson and the Petersham Grange, Web Design and community gardens, Petersham; Representative Anne Gobi; Carter and Stevens Farm; Hancock Farm; Maines Worcester; Bob’s Turkey Farm; Adams Farm; Dave’s Towing/U-Haul; Subway, Barre; Abbie Castriotta, Food For Pets; Selectmen’s Office, Barre; Barre Post Office; Oakham Post Office; Woods Memorial Library; Barre Senior Center; Worcester County Food Bank; Goya Foods, Auburn, MA; Quabbin Community Orchestra, Peter Lewis and the Eagle Hill School; Golden Egg Farm; Wellwood Farm; Barre Police Patrolmans Association, Barre Gazette (Eleanor Downer), Oakham Congregational Church.

And last but far from least, our volunteers who make this large effort work smoothly month after month: Barbara, Sonja, Angel, Chuck, Mary, Cindy, Ed, Herb, Richard, Michelle, Roy, Dee, Sylvia and George, Nan, Diane, Venerable Man Shing, Sarah and many other friendly faces who come in to lend a hand!

Dave Petrovick, Director

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

Contact us today by e-mail or For information about volunteering call Sonja @ (978) 355-6921. For emergency assistance or answers to other questions call Chuck @ (978) 355-6463

The Barre Food Pantry is sustained by Barre's Congregational Church.

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