St. Paul’s operates a food pantry in the lower church on Saturday mornings and also serves as the only distribution site for Fair Foods located in Cambridge. The pantry serves anywhere from 40 to 70 people per week. Fair Foods is a non-profit organization in Dorchester that rescues produce that otherwise would have been discarded from stores and distributes it at locations throughout Boston for $2 per person. In addition, the Whole Foods store in Cambridge donates its leftover bread and baked goods to the pantry. Finally, everyone takes home two non-perishable pantry items of their choice each week.
The pantry relies on the generosity of parishioners and others to keep its shelves stocked. Items that are commonly requested include cereal, oatmeal, peanut butter, tuna, dry black or other beans, plain white rice, coffee, shelf milk (Parmalat), juice, pasta sauce, and soup. Donations of paper or plastic grocery bags are also welcome. Parishioners can bring their donations to mass.
New volunteers are always welcome. We especially need volunteers who are willing to pick up produce in Dorchester on Saturday mornings and bring it to the church. In addition, we always need volunteers from 10:00 to 12:00 to help with distribution. Volunteers can come occasionally as their schedules permit and do not need to make a regular commitment.
All are welcome to visit the pantry, including parishioners, students, and postdoctoral fellows. Tickets are sold beginning at 9:00 and produce distribution begins at 11:00.
If you are interested in volunteering, making a contribution, or would like more information about the pantry, please contact Tara Lauriat at firstname.lastname@example.org.