For food assistance please visit the Middleton Food Pantry on Fridays 1-3pm. Please bring proof of Middleton residency.
Directions to the Middleton Food Pantry
We are located at 38 Maple Street/Rte 62 in the Middleton Council On Aging & Senior Center Building (Old Town Hall Building). We are about a quarter mile from downtown Middleton on the left heading toward Danvers. The building is white with green/grey trim. The main entrance is on the left side of the building. Once inside turn left and follow the ramp to the food pantry area.
How you can help!
• Please send checks payable to:
Middleton Food Pantry, P.O. Box 855, Middleton, MA 01949
• Buy a grocery store gift card and drop it off at the food pantry.
• Donate food or personal care items.
Food donation drop off times:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:30am-2:30pm and Friday 1-3pm
Please leave donation items on the designated table once entering the building.
Please check expirations dates on all items and contact us for drop off times for large food donations at 978-766-1402.
Items in most need:
Coffee, Tuna Fish, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Spaghetti Sauce, Soup, Cereal (family size), Crackers, Rice, Detergent (individual size), Paper Goods: Toilet Tissue, Paper Towels.
The Middleton Food Pantry is a self-sustaining, non-profit organization sustained by private food donations. We raise funds solely for the continuance of our mission to feed needy families in our local community. All of our staff including the directors are unpaid.
About the Middleton Food Pantry
Frank Leary of Middleton started the pantry in 2010 after he observed a growing need for food assistance in the Middleton community. The Middleton Council On Aging & Senior Center generously donated space for the food pantry. Clients can visit the food pantry on Fridays from 1-3pm and select items to fill two grocery bags in a grocery store setting.
For questions please contact: (Left to Right)
Frank Leary, Executive Director
David Leary, Financial Director
Help Fight Hunger! (Compiled by the Greater Boston Food Bank: www.gbfb.org)
Hunger hurts eastern Massachusetts. One in nine members of our community is at risk of hunger, and that number is expanding. The Greater Boston Food Bank has witnessed a 23% increase in requests for food assistance since 2005.
Hunger is no longer just a problem facing those in poverty. A recent study shows that 47% of those at risk for hunger in eastern Massachusetts earn too much to be eligible for government-provided emergency food assistance. Many never dreamed they would need a food pantry or community meal program to feed themselves and their families.
Why is hunger hurting so many in our community?
The answer, it turns out, has less to do with food – there’s plenty of food available – and more to do with economic and political obstacles that prevent food from reaching those who need it. With most food in our country moving from west to east, we are at the end of the primary distribution pipeline, making food more expensive. Our cold winters mean higher heating bills, and housing costs are higher relative to other areas of the country. Ending hunger means addressing those systemic problems, while doing everything possible, every day, to feed hungry people.
USDA Reports Show Growing Hunger Problem Across The Nation and in the Commonwealth
BOSTON, MA — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service reported that 10 percent of households in Massachusetts, or approximately 253,000 households, experience “food insecurity,” meaning that they lack consistent access to adequate amounts of nutritious food. This is an increase of two percentage points, or about 47,000 households, over the previous year.
In total 50.2 million Americans, including nearly 17.2 million children, are food insecure. The 2010 report on Household Food Insecurity in the United States paints an alarming picture of the pervasiveness of hunger in the nation.
The findings are in line with The Greater Boston Food Bank’s 2010 Hunger Study results, which showed that the number of people visiting a food pantry, soup kitchen or shelter in Massachusetts increased 23 percent since 2006. The three Feeding America food banks in the Commonwealth are now serving as many as 801,200 people.
“These are distressing numbers that show how much suffering the current economic condition continues to cause. Because unemployment remains persistently high - above 8 percent or more for more than a year now - the number of struggling families continues to grow right in our Commonwealth,” said Catherine D’Amato, president and CEO of The Greater Boston Food Bank.