Serving Those Seeking Emergency Food Assistance

Who We Serve

Who We Serve

Who We Serve

Eligibility

The Barre Food Pantry serves anyone who seeks emergency food assistance.

To become a regular user of the Barre Food Pantry, you must:

  • 1: Show you live in our service area of Barre, Wheelwright, New Braintree and Oakham with a piece of mail showing name and an address in our service area; . We do NOT require a photo ID.
  • 2: You must self-report that you do not exceed the USDA income eligibility requirements: We do not require proof, though clients do signify they do not exceed the requirements by signing our sign-in sheet on distribution day.

Sharing Information

We DO NOT share personal information to any local, state or federal agencies, while we do report statistics such as residence zip code, family size, ages of members, income sources and participation in other assistance programs such as food stamps (SNAP), WIC, school breakfast and/or school lunch programs, supplemental security income though social security, fuel assistance, and aid to families with dependent children.

Qualify

Those who qualify to use the food bank may also qualify for other assistance programs. The MA Dept. of Transitional Assistance has more information on those programs.

Diversity

Diversity is a cornerstone of our farming philosophy. We carefully select a wide range of crops, ensuring a varied and balanced ecosystem. This not only helps to naturally deter pests and diseases but also promotes soil health by varying the nutrient demands of different plants. Crop rotation further enhances the soil's fertility by preventing the depletion of specific nutrients. This strategic planning ensures that our fields remain productive and vibrant year after year.

TEFAP/USDA Updated 2020 Poverty Guidelines during COVID-19

# of Household Members

Federal Annual Poverty Level

250% of Federal Poverty Level(TEFAP COVID-19) Annual

Monthly 250%

Weekly 250%

1

$12,760

$31,900

$2,658

$613

2

$17,240

$43,100

$3,592

$829

3

$21,720

$54,300

$4,525

$1,044

4

$26,200

$65,500

$5,458

$1,260

5

$30,680

$76,700

$6,392

$1,475

6

$35,160

$87,900

$7,325

$1,690

7

$39,640

$99,100

$8,258

$1,906

8

$44,120

$110,300

$9,192

$2,121

For Each Additional Household Member


+$4,480


+$11,200


+$933


+215






Our clients typically include those either out of regular wage earning work either through disability or involuntary unemployment, those on fixed incomes such as social security, child support/alimony, the homeless or those with no regular residence or other emergencies and circumstances that prohibit the client from earning a living wage.