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Hello, fellow volunteers and supporters--
On Wednesday, September 14th, we
distributed food to a total of 82 clients including 2
first-time clients and 80 for whom this was not their first
visit. They represented a total of 171 household members
including 7 new recipients. This distribution left
thirty-four pre-assembled bags in the closet for emergency
distribution and to begin preparing for our October
12 distribution in another week.
While all contributions are welcome,
donations of food to the pantry between now and
our next distribution on Oct.
12 would be
most helpful if they concentrated on the above
As you may know, clients
who receive SNAP benefits, formerly called food
stamps, are not able to spend their benefits on
needed paper goods, diapers, and any other
non-food household supplies. While not the
primary mission of the Barre Food Pantry,
donations in any of these categories are most
friends and supporters have
responded so enthusiastically to our
request for clean empty egg cartons
that we are back to having enough in
hand that we are challenged to find
storage for them until they can be
used. So if you have been saving
empty egg cartons for the Food
Pantry, we ask you to hang on to
them for a while until our current
supply depletes. We’ll let you know
when we need them again. Thanks!
We have received the dollar
figures the Federal government will
be using in the coming year to
qualify would-be clients for
emergency food assistance. These
household income levels apply both
to SNAP benefits and
federally-provided (through the U.S.
Department of Agriculture) food
you for all your help and support.
We really couldn't do it without
Oakham Center School
donated an additional 70 lbs. of food and New Braintree School
donated 24 lbs. of food.
The Oakham Center School
collected Collected 71 lbs. of food for the food bank during its May
food drive. The school will be continuing the food drive till June 17th.
The New Braintree School will be joining the food drive and will also
continue till June 17th.
Contact information is Karen Miller at
or Michelle Bertrand 774-757-7888 for more information. The food bank
serves Oakham, Barre and New Braintree with monthly food distributions
and emergency food deliveries.
OTHER WAYS THAT YOU CAN
Drop off non-perishables at the library or
the Barre Family Health Center.
The Oakham Senior Center had a food drive on Dec. 22,
2015 and collected 100lbs. of food for the Barre Food Pantry. Thank you
to all the seniors.
Thanks to the generosity
of our communities, we are once again remarkably well-supplied with food
to distribute in January 2016.
At our distribution on
Nov. 11, we gave out 109 pre-assembled bags of groceries to clients. One
hundred and four households were served, comprising 230 people,
including 2 households with a total of 4 individuals who had never used
our pantry before.
Thanks to the
office staff at Quabbin Regional Middle School for their cash donation
to the food pantry in the name of their Middle School Principal Mrs.
Thanks to the generosity of our communities, and especially food drives
through the Oakham Center School and the Hardwick and New Braintree
Elementary Schools, we are remarkably well-supplied with food to
distribute on Dec. 9 at our December distribution.
Oakham and New Braintree Schools Food Drive
Thanks to Ms. Miller, Oakham
Student Council, and the students and teachers of Oakham Center School
and New Braintree Grade School for all their donation from their recent
food drive. The schools collected 60 lbs. of miscellaneous. items
(personal hygiene, baby items, snacks, mixed canned goods, etc.), 14
rice, 21 pasta, 51 baked/mixed beans, 50 green beans, 46 corn, 18 peas,
21 cereal, 39 pasta sauce, 51 tuna, 85 soups, 51 mac and cheese, 40
fruits, 40 canned pasta, 7 carrots, 10 peanut butter. These items will
be passed out for the food distribution on Dec. 9,2015. We look forward
to partnering with them again later in the school year for another food
The Barre Congregational Church collected approx. 50 lbs. of
food/personal hygiene (household products) on Nov. 22. Thank you all for
the generous donations.
Cub Scouts Food Drive in Oakham
Cub Scout Pack 144 canvassed Oakham
neighborhoods in early November, dropping off donation bags for
the Food Bank and returning a week later to collect the
The scouts collected 36 cans of green bean, 5
peas, 26 corn, 36 pasta sauce, 30 canned pasta, 61 mac and cheese, 48
baked beans, 48 soups, 15 rice, 48 tuna, 25 cereal, and some odds and
ends. The bags filled 2 pickup truck beds and have been added to the
Food Bank pantry for December distribution.
2016 Food Pantry Distribution Dates
OAKHAM - November 2015
Oakham/New Braintree Cub Scouts Pack 144
is planning a town-wide food drive on Nov. 7 and 14.
The Scouts will drop off bags with letters explaining the
drive at Oakham homes on Nov. 7 and be back to collect bags
filled with non-perishable items on Nov. 14. The Contact
Melinda Dennis at 508-882-3837 for food drive information.
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) 355-6921. For emergency assistance or answers to other questions
call Chuck @ (978) 355-6463 We will return your call.
Food Bank Has Moved!
The Barre Food Bank is relocating to the
Barre Congregational Church on the Common in Barre after more than 30
years at Christ Church Episcopal in South Barre. We are changing our
name to the Barre Food Pantry.
The Barre Congregational
Church Food Pantry will now operate in the Congregational Church on Park
Street. Contact the food pantry by phone at 978-355-4519 or
978-355-4041. Send mail to:
Church Food Pantry
Barre Congregational Church
P.O. Box 936
Barre MA 01005
The Food Bank was founded by the Christ Church congregation and has
received unflagging support from the members for all these years. It is
with a mixture of sadness and enduring gratitude that the Food Bank is
The Barre Food Pantry is grateful that the members of the Barre
Congregational Church have opened their doors to us, so that we can
continue to serve the community well into the future.
Distribution dates and times remain the same, but beginning next month,
volunteers and clients should go to the:
Barre Congregational Church
On The Common
We⦣128;™ll see you between 10:00 am & 12:00 p.m.
on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at the Barre Congregational Church!
Barre Food Bank Gets Holiday Support!
The Barre/Christ Church Food Bank provided
groceries to more than 100 area families at its December distribution.
The food bank provides fresh produce, meat, dry goods, canned goods and
other grocery items to area families throughout the year.
David Petrovick, food bank director, said many local food bank
fundraisers, food drives, volunteer assistance and gave money to enable
the food bank program.
"The Barre Food Bank has been able to meet the increased needs of its
clients due to the economic recession and has been able to offer a
record amount of food at the same time," Petrovick said.
He said the work "would not been possible" without donations and
fundraisers from Barre Foods, American Legion Post 404, Cub Scout Pack
26 and the Girl Scouts for their food drives. Quabbin Regional Schools
held food drives. Donations also came from the Oakham Congregational
Church; Oakham Country Day School; St. Thomas a Becket Church, St.
Joseph's Women's Guild; Barre Friday Club; Barre Congregational Church;
Covenant Evangelical Church; First Parish Church; The Barre Family
Health Center; and the Barre Business Association;
Also: The Barre Gazette; Barre Family Pharmacy; The Barre Masons; The
Barre Lions Club; The Barre Riding and Driving Club; Weight Watchers;
Barre Police Association; The Woods Memorial Library and the Barre
Senior Center; The Christ Episcopal Church; Carter and Stevens Farm;
Hancock Farm; The Country Hen; Barre Savings Bank; and our many
Petrovick also thanked the food bank's volunteers. "It is only through
their time and energy all year long that this work is possible," he
|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.