The People's Pantry

5 St James Pl, Great Barrington, Ma 01230, Usa
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Our mission To reduce hunger in the Southern Berkshire area by distributing food in a manner which preserves the dignity and sense of self-worth of the shoppers.
COVID-19 Impact
Food pantry shifts into overdrive to feed growing need

Food pantry shifts into overdrive to feed growing need

The People’s Pantry

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Ways to help

Food Distribution

During this pandemic masked and gloved volunteers work during the Pantry's food distribution hours moving produce, meat in coolers, milk and pre-filled grocery bags outside onto tables under a shelter. They place items designated by shoppers into bags, and assist with crowd control to help everyone to physically distance themselves. Volunteers are expected to dress for the weather as shifts are outdoors and last for 2 hours. We pack up all food at the end of each shift. Other volunteers work behind the scenes at other times to prepare for our open hours. Others prefer to organize food drives, either regularly scheduled or occasional, or to leave donated groceries in bins outside the pantry which are emptied daily.
  • Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • 21+
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Families
  • Physical, Indoor, Outdoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends
Items we need now

Food and Household Products Needed

Please bring food and household product donations to The People's Pantry on Mondays 8 - 9AM and Thursdays 8 - 9AM and 11AM - noon or schedule a donation drop-off by emailing [email protected] 

The best non-perishable items to donate are:
  1. canned/dried beans

  2. peanut butter/other nut butters

  3. breakfast cereals including rolled oats

  4. canned fruit/vegetables

  5. canned soups

  6. canned tuna/salmon/chicken

  7. brown rice/quinoa/other grains

  8. white and whole grain pasta, pasta sauce

  9. white and whole grain flour, cornmeal

  10. condiments

  11. toiletries such as shampoo, soap, toothpaste

**Fresh eggs and seasonal produce are also welcome.

**If possible, low-salt, low-sugar foods are preferred.

  • In-Kind Donations
How you help There are as many ways to help as there are helpers! Others still have found their own unique ways to raise funds for the pantry.
About us The People’s Pantry was founded in 1999 in response to the need for increased access to healthy food for low-income residents of South Berkshire County. The People’s Panty is entirely run by volunteers from the community. Each Monday and Thursday it is staffed by members of teams from local churches, synagogues, and other groups. These teams and many other organizations and individuals support the Pantry with food collections and financial donations.
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