In November 1990 the Lexington Food Pantry opened its doors to distribute non-perishable food to residents in need of food assistance. The then Lexington Council of Churches had formed study groups to explore the need and logistics of providing such a service to the community.
Open on Saturday mornings, the Food Pantry is currently distributing food to 60-65 families.
The Food Pantry is a non-profit organization staffed entirely by volunteers, some of whom have been volunteering since its inception, along with volunteers from Temple Isaiah, Hancock United Church of Christ, Lexington United Methodist Church, Lexington Catholic Communities of Sacred Heart and St. Brigid’s parishes, First Parish, and other individuals.
WHERE DOES OUR FOOD COME FROM?
Since the beginning, the Food Pantry has been well-supported by those who live and work in Lexington with both monetary and food donations. Staple items are purchased as needed with donated monies. Our expenditures are approximately $26,000 per year.
The Food Pantry also currently receives donations from:
Wagon Wheel Farm Stand, Lexington
Panera Bread, Arlington
Whole Foods, Winchester
Feed Children Program, Whole Foods, Bedford
Fresh Bakery, Stop and Shop, Lexington
Wilson Farms CSA members
Lexington Interfaith Garden
These donations enable us to distribute some produce, bread, and pastries to our clients. School food drives, the yearly Lexington Postal Carrier Food Drive, and individual donations help keep our costs down.