The Natick Food Pantry has experienced a sharp increase in requests for food assistance due to the coronavirus pandemic. To meet this need, the pantry has remained open while addressing the health and safety of clients, volunteers, and staff.
The pantry, which operates under the umbrella of the Natick Service Council (NSC), has switched to a contact-less curbside pick-up model of food distribution. Clients schedule an appointment, and each family receives 2 -4 bags of food, depending on the family size. Formally, clients were able to shop the shelves, but that system is on hold for now to minimize community contact.
What hasn’t changed — families still are provided with up to two weeks of nutritious foods, including fresh fruits, vegetables, low fat dairy products, lean meats and personal care items.
The pantry is still managing to keep the shelves stocked in large part through a partnership with the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB). This partnership has allowed the pantry to purchase large quantities of essential food pantry items at a fraction of the cost of large stores. The GBFB operates under stringent health and safety measures to ensure the food the NSC is distributing is safe.
Never have monetary donations been more needed. Here’s how you can donate to the Natick Service Council and help them continue to serve clients while minimizing community contact.
Should you need any assistance, please call the Natick Service Council office at 508-655-1791.
The Natick Service Council’s annual appeal
The NSC’s annual membership appeal is starting to arrive in mailboxes. Please consider making a donation if you are able. The NSC continues to provide food to Natick residents who are struggling while the NSC’s costs for food keep going up. Your contribution will make a difference.
Donate to help the Natick Service Council continue its mission of “Neighbors helping neighbors.”