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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 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, at 978-355- 4519.

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Organization:

Barre Food Pantry

Title:

Annual Report

Date:

2020

2020 Annual Report

The Barre Foood Pantry has had a busy year dealing with COVID-19, the concurrent economic uncertainty, and the change to a drive-through model to ensure volunteer and client safety. We are most fortunate that our clients have continued to enjoy an uninterrupted wide variety of fresh and shelf-stable foods, and the Pantry is proud to be able to maintain a high level of service and safety. The Pantry extends a heartfelt thank you to all of its volunteers and to the supporters who make the important work that we do possible.

The Food Pantry is now an IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) public charity, but we will continue to operate at the Barre Congregational Church. The Pantry feels that this new level of independence will bring greater stability to the organization and will confer a long-term commitment to serving the needy in our area. The Pantry is grateful to the Barre Congregational Church for their support and for providing a home to the Pantry back in 2011 when the Christ Episcopal Church in South Barre closed. The Pantry started as the Barre Food Bank at the Christ Episcopal Church over more than 30 years ago.

The Pantry is serving nearly 100 families per month with twice monthly distributions and we are expecting that the drive-through pickup will continue into 2021. Donations of food are always welcome, though our drop boxes at the Woods Memorial Library and the Barre Senior Center are unavailable to the public, therefore arrangements must be made with us to coordinate a drop off at the church.

Tax deductible monetary donations can be made to The Barre Food Pantry, P.O. Box 265, Barre, MA 01005-0265. We use those donations in purchasing fresh fruits, vegetables, meats and dairy products from local producers.

The Barre Food Pantry is one of 129 cooperating partner agencies of the Worcester County Food Bank, with the express mission to reduce food insecurity in Worcester County.

The Barre Food Pantry wishes to thank the community for its generosity and longstanding commitment to helping the needy.



Organization:

Barre Food Pantry

Title:

Annual Report

Date:

2019

2019 Annual Report

Steady need, second distribution added.

The Barre Food Pantry saw a steady need in 2019 relative to 2018; we are consistently reaching more than 1800 people in more than 800 households in Barre, Oakham, New Braintree and Wheelwright with our twice monthly distributions. The Pantry added a second distribution in April to better serve households that have working residents. 

This additional distribution coincides with the church's Missions Committee Community Friendship Supper and we are happy to report that clients and volunteers alike enjoy the added stewardship and great food.

Our volunteers made 12 monthly trips to the Worcester County Food Bank (WCFB) in Shrewsbury and brought back nearly 27,000 lbs. of food from the USDA, the Massachusetts Emergency Feeding Assistance Program (MEFAP), along with food items donated to the WCFB by grocery retailers and distributors. 

There were several food drives held by the Quabbin Regional Schools during the year. We wish to thank the Barre Lions Club, Knights of Columbus and the St. Patrick’s Knights of Columbus of Rutland for their most successful "Fill the Pantry" golf tournament benefit that greatly helped many central Massachusetts Pantries; also the Barre Family Health Center, Oakham Boys and Girls Scouts and countless individuals and organizations for their significant contributions in 2019.

The Pantry uses cash donations to buy non-perishable and perishable items from local farms and businesses. Our Pantry is continually recognized as a model Pantry for offering fresh products in a self-shopping arrangement along with bagged non-perishable groceries. We are grateful to all of our supporters and to our dedicated volunteers; we cannot do our work without your help!

Food Pantry Questions and how to donate or plan a food drive? Contact David Petrovick at 978-355-4519 For information about how to volunteer, contact Sonja Blaney at 978-355-6921
 
Dave Petrovick
Executive Director



Organization:

Barre Food Pantry

Title:

Annual Report

Date:

2018

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 3rd 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


Organization:

Barre Food Pantry

Title:

Annual Report

Date:

2017

2017 Annual Report

Congregational Church Food Pantry

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