While many of us are thinking about about what dish to bring to the family Thanksgiving dinner this year, thousands of Massachusetts residents are worried about whether they'll have food on the table at all.For up-to-the-minute news on this and other stories follow Wellesley Patch on Twitter and Facebook and subscribe to our free, spam-free email newsletter.
So what can you do to help?
You can donate to Massachusetts organizations like Project Bread, a program that like the one here in Wellesley.
You can also help your neighbors by donating to food pantries directly, either the Wellesley one, the Needham one, or one of those in Newton:
Wellesley Food Pantry
Located in the basement of the Wellesley Hills Congregational Church at 207 Washington St.
Hours: Tuesdays 9 a.m.- 11 a.m. and the second Tuesday of every month 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Food donations: accepted on Mondays 9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m. and at Roche Bros and Whole Foods during business hours.
Financial contributions: The food pantry's website offers a pantry wish list, referral forms and the ability to donate money online. For all other questions, contact the pantry at firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-235-1188.
Needham Community Council Food Pantry
Located at 51 Lincoln St.
Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Wednesdays 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Grocery delivery available to the elderly and physically disabled, with prior arrangement. Referral forms are available online as well as more information about the pantry, including a food wish list.
Centre Street Food Pantry
Located at Trinity Episcopal Church on Centre Street.
Hours: Tuesdays 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. and the first Saturday of every month, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Food donations: Accepted when the pantry is open on Tuesdays and the first Saturday of the month. Please remember to check expiration dates. Large food donations can be made by appointment.
Financial contributions: Make checks payable to Centre Street Food Pantry and mail to: Centre Street Food Pantry, 11 Homer St., Newton Centre MA 02459. Or donate online.
Visit the Centre Street Food Pantry's website for more info and referrals, or call 617-340-9554.
Newton Food Pantry
Located in the basement of the Waban Community Library on Beacon Street.
Hours: Food is distributed Wednesdays 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. and the third Saturday of every month 11 a.m. - noon. The pantry provides a three-day supply of food once a month for eligible Newton residents.
Food donations: The pantry is open for non-perishable donations 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays and on the third Saturday from 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Donations are also accepted at Hammond Real Estate 6/7 days per week.
Financial contributions: Make checks payable to the Newton Food Pantry and mail to: Newton Food Pantry, 1608 Beacon St., Newton MA 02468.
For more information, contact Vicki at (617) 965-8906 or Jackie at (617) 527-2394. Referrals can be found through local clergy or the Community Social Worker at (617) 796-1282.
Check out an Editor's Notebook on volunteering at the Waban food pantry.
Arabic Baptist Church Food Pantry
Located at the Arabic Baptist Church on Church Street.
Hours: Food and clothing is handed out on the second and fourth Friday of every month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A three-day supply of food is provided once per month for eligible Newton residents.
Food donation: For more information, contact the church at (617) 723-9766.
Referrals can be found through local clergy or the Community Social Worker at (617) 796-1282.