The Acton Community Supper Food Pantry in Acton, MA, was our introduction to the dedicated people who provide groceries to those in need. Formerly, this food pantry distributed prepackaged bags of groceries to clients. Now they have larger facilities on the ground floor of St. Matthew's United Methodist Church in Acton, so there is enough space to allow clients to shop for the food items they can use. This choice system has been enthusiastically received by clients.
QUESTION: I wonder how many food pantries use a shopping model vs. distributing prepackaged bags of food...
Where does the food come from that the pantry offers? Director Kathy Casaletto told us that the largest portion comes from the Greater Boston Food Bank. Food from government programs is generally free, while other food may cost something like $0.19 a pound. Other sources of food include
- contributions from local supermarkets, bakeries, fish markets, and farms
- local food drives and miscellaneous contributions
- bulk purchases made with donated funds