NFP COVID-19 Update
To Our Newton Community,
On behalf of the entire team of volunteers here at the Newton Food Pantry, we would like to take a moment to thank you for your incredible support over the last 6 weeks. COVID-19 has brought about a challenging and uncertain time for many in our community but our hearts are full from your overwhelming love and support.
Because of your generosity, the Newton Food Pantry has been able to continue its commitment to help those in need across Newton by implementing the following initiatives:
- The Newton Food Pantry now offers Newton residents food twice a month (previously clients were able to shop once a month). From March 18 through April 22, the Newton Food Pantry served a total of 978 households. Thirty percent of these households are new to the Newton Food Pantry since 3/18.
- As part of the Newton Food Pantry’s revised operating procedures, bulk groceries are delivered to seniors residing in 9 different Newton housing facilities to keep them safe and sheltered in place. From March 18 through April 22, over 40% of the total households served (411 households in all) were senior bulk grocery and home deliveries.
- The Newton Food Pantry continues to provide home delivery to our clients who are homebound because of disability or severe medical conditions.
- The Newton Food Pantry has remained open and operational while City Hall has been closed by transitioning its essential operations and storage to 3 PODS located outside City Hall. The rental of these PODS has allowed for optimum safety and efficiency for both clients and volunteers and provided much needed storage space.
- To keep both our clients and volunteers safe, the Newton Food Pantry has converted our choice pantry to curbside pre-bagged pick up.
- The Newton Food Pantry is distributing more than 8,500 pounds of food per week and that number continues to rapidly rise with a continued increase in people needing food assistance. In addition to distributing a dry goods bag, a produce bag, and a refrigerated goods bag, the Newton Food Pantry is providing clients with personal care items and cleaning agents.
- The Newton Food Pantry continues to supply canned and dried goods for the city’s Food for Families Backpack program.
- During this crisis, the Newton Food Pantry is working in close collaboration with the City’s Health and Human Services, Newton Housing Authority, and many teachers and school social workers.
Aside from double-bagged grocery bags* and egg cartons, we are only accepting monetary donations at this time. Please consider donating HERE.
Tracie, Regina, Maria, Ron, Peter, and Carol
Newton Food Pantry Board
* Please enjoy this little jingle just to show you how serious we are about double-bagging.