Mission & Justice: Arlington Food Pantry

The Arlington Food Pantry serves Arlington residents in need once a month on the 2nd Tuesday or last Saturday of the month, 9:30 – 11:30AM.

With the rising cost of food, an increase in clients and a decrease in donations, the Arlington Food Pantry is in serious need of food and cash donations.

The pantry relies solely on community donations for distribution to the Town’s most vulnerable residents. This volunteer run group is overseen by the Arlington Department of Health and Human Services and each month, the pantry provides food to over 340 residents in over 150 Arlington families.

“We are seeing an average of 8 new residents per month and we anticipate that number to climb as residents continue to struggle with basic costs” said Warren Johnson, Food Pantry Volunteer Coordinator. “The cost of food is increasing and we are seeing that donations are not able to keep up with rising costs,” says Christine Sharkey, Director of Health and Human Services. “We are reaching out to the community to organize food drives and send in cash donations” Sharkey continued.

The Arlington Food Pantry collects non-perishable items such as cereal, canned fruits vegetables, pasta and sauce, soups, tuna, peanut butter and jelly as well as a number of personal needs, items like soap, toothpaste, and toilet paper.

Residents may drop off food on Fridays between 1-3pm at the Food Pantry The Church of Our Savior, 21 Marathon Street (left side entrance)

Tax-deductible financial contributions can be sent to the Town of Arlington, 670R Mass Ave, Arlington, MA 02476.

Below is more specific information from the town website – http://www.town.arlington.ma.us/Public_Documents/ArlingtonMA_HServe/pantry/index ARLINGTON FOOD PANTRY Church of our Savior 21 Marathon Street Arlington, Ma. 02474 (Mass. Ave. toward Cambridge) (2nd left after Lake Street)

Contact Information: Department of Health and Human Services, Leon Cantor, 781-316-3251, lcantor@town.arlington.ma.us and Lyz Carey, 781-316-3264

Open for Food Distribution Second Tuesday of each month and Last Saturday of each month, 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Note: Proof of Residency in Arlington Required

Open for Drop Off: Every Friday, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Examples of Donations Sought:

Cereal

Dried Milk

Canned Fruits & Vegetables

Peanut Butter & Jelly

Tuna Fish & Canned Meats

Meals in a Can, i.e.

Spaghetti-O’s, Stews, Hash, Ravioli, Soups

Fruit Juices, Coffee, Tea

Pasta & Sauces

Canned Tomatoes and Tomato Sauce

Crackers, Cookies, Mixes

Jello & Pudding Mixes

Baby Food

Toiletries, i.e.

Soap, Shampoo, Conditioners,

Toothpaste, Toothbrushes,

Toilet Paper, Paper Towels,

Diapers

Johnny’s Foodmaster Giftcards

PLEASE avoid glass containers and perishable foods.

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