Murray UU Church
Food Pantry

Murray-Unitarian-Universalist Church
505
-North Main St, Attleboro, MA 02703
 Phone: 508-222-0505
Email: 
office@murrayuuchurch.org   map/directions

 

 

Page Directory

 


Hours of Operation

 

Our Mission

Statement

 

Who We Help

 

Cooking Matters!

 

Food Resources

 

The Problem of Hunger

 

How You Can Help

 

Financial Support

 

Our Volunteers

 

 Thanksgiving Basket Drive

 

Food Pantry Supporters

 

 

PLEASE NOTE:

The Food Pantry will be closed on Thursday, July 4th for Independence Day.

Thank you.


We are an all-volunteer run outreach program of Murray Unitarian Universalist Church. This service is provided by the generosity of Murray Church members &  friends in the greater Attleboro community. We are open for grocery bag distribution two days a week on Mondays & Thursdays from 9:30 to 11:30AM (see details below). We also provide information to our recipients about area food resources to assist them in achieving self-sufficiency.


Pantry Entrance is located on the RIGHT side of the building.
Please look for the signs!

Click here for directions to the Pantry

Public Transportation to the Pantry

 



 

Food Pantry Hours of Operation

The Murray Food Pantry is open year round on Mondays and Thursdays from 9:30AM to 11:30AM, Our doors open at 9AM. The Food Pantry entrance is located on the right side of the building, look for the signs. The pantry is closed on New Years Day; Memorial Day; Independence Day; Thanksgiving Day; Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and whenever the City of Attleboro public schools are closed due to inclement weather. We will post other weather related closing notifications on our website and Facebook page.

 

 

Our Mission Statement
The Murray Church Food Pantry is a committee of volunteers dedicated to assisting those in financial need with food assistance to supplement their food shopping. To that end, the pantry offers one bag of groceries and more per week, per family. We provide groceries that have the highest nutritional value available. We also provide fresh fruits and vegetables all year lond. We gladly accept assistance from public and private aid agencies as well as from members of Murray Church and the greater Attleboro community. We work in accordance with federal, state and local guidelines for food pantries.

 

 

Who We Help
Our food pantry is open to individuals and households in the Greater Attleboro area that are expriencing food insecurity. First time visitors must provide proof of residence such as a driver's license or a utility, telephone or cable bill that shows your current address.

 

Cooking Matters!

Cooking Matters Massachusetts is a program that is run nationally by Share Our Strength and it helps families to shop for and cook healthy meals on a budget. They also offer free cooking courses and interactive grocery store tours, empowering families to stretch their limited food budgets. Courses and tours are held throughout the state. Please visit their website for more information.

 

 

Food & Assistance Resources
The Murray Food Pantry has compiled a comprehensive listing of local and regional food assistance resources that we update regularly. These resources are also available to download in pdf format.

Download the Murray Food Pantry Resources Guide (pdf)

Please click here to visit our Food Resources page!

 

 

Hunger Hits Hard in Massachusetts

Project Bread’s Status Report on Hunger in Massachusetts

In Massachusetts, 9.6 percent of households or roughly one in ten households experiences worry about whether there will be enough to eat, those people are not evently distributed in our cities and towns. In some communities in MAssachusetts, seven in 10 households are living in poverty. Many of us would think that this statistic could only describe life in states that we consider "poor"—not our Commonwealth.

The working poor are often the hardest hit: the low-wage hourly workers who perform critically important tasks like caring for our elders, young children, and disabled adults are often food insecure; they can't rely on an annual cost of living adjustment, and their hours can be cut without notice.

 

 

 

How You Can Help
food-pantry-needs.gifThere is great need in the area for food assistance. Some children in Attleboro and surrounding communities go to bed hungry most nights. Murray Unitarian Universalist Church is a part of the food distribution system for the Greater Boston Food Bank. We have volunteers that pick up, sort and distribute food to our food pantry visitors.

We gratefully accept: cereal, shelf stable milk (e.g. Natrel, Parmalat), fruit juices & juice boxes, rice, pasta, beans, canned soups, canned vegetables, canned tuna, peanut butter, mac-n-cheese, pasta, pasta sauce (in a plastic jar).

We will also accept: donations of baby food, fresh fruit and vegetables, personal care items & toiletries like toilet paper, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, cream, lotions, diapers for adults and children and feminine hygiene products.

Product Dating --  We will only accept food that is current and in date. No expired items, please!

Donations can be left in the the box in front of the Food Pantry Room , in the basket in the front foyer of the church near the Sanctuary or you may also contact the church office to arrange a delivery date and time.

 

 

Your Financial Support
Although we do receive some financial support through local grants, as a totally volunteer food pantry we rely on the generousity of our members and friends in the Greater Attleboro community to keep our food pantry running.

Monetary contributions are gratefully accepted. These contributions are added to the food pantry account and used to purchase food at very low prices from the Greater Boston Food Bank and at sale prices from local supermarkets.  Checks can be made out to "Murray Church" with the words "food pantry donation" on the memo line and placed in the collection plate or dropped off or mailed to the Church Office.  Donations to the food pantry can be claimed as a charitable contributions for income tax reporting purposes.

 

 

Our Volunteers

Here are some of our food pantry volunteers: (front) Barbara Clark, Sandy Stuart, Sue Kline, (rear) Bruce Field, Bill Jones

Many people in our local community depend on the food we provide through the Food Pantry at Murray Church. We are able to provide this service due to a dedicated group of volunteers who help keep the operation running smoothly. Twice a month, our volunteers order food through the Greater Boston Food Bank, pick up the food delivery in Bridgewater and deliver it to the church. Due to their dedication, the food pantry is open two days a week, on Mondays and Thursdays, all year round.

We thank them and the community for their continued support!

 

 

Thanksgiving Basket Drive

Pictured are some volunteers who helped with the Thanksgiving Basket Drive:
Maddie, Lori, Barbi, Thom & Denise.


With the help of our congregation, the local food bank and Personal Best Charity, we've been able to put together generous baskets with turkeys and all the trimmings, including a selection of fresh vegetables and fruits. We thank each and everyone who contribute in some way to these successful endeavors including those who donate food, baskets, financial contributions or their time to make these events a great success.   

Through these efforts, we are able to distribute Thanksgiving baskets to several appreciative individuals and families from our local community. 

 

 

Food Pantry Supporters - Thank You!
We would like to thank the following businesses, organizations, and individuals for their contributions to the Murray Food Pantry:

  • Ann Sears, Professor of Music at Wheaton College
  • Arbor-Fuller Hospital Employees
  • Attleboro Cultural Council
  • Attleboro City Employees
  • Attleboro Elks Lodge
  • Bank of America
  • Brennan Middle School - Attleboro
  • Champions Extended Learning Program @ JC Solomonese School - Norton
  • Clara Barton Guild
  • Divas With a Twist
  • Donald McLain Foundation
  • Foresight Personal Financial Planning, LLC
  • Greater Boston Food Bank
  • Honey Dew Associates, Inc.
  • In Memory of Tim Sullivan, founder of Schools Fight Hunger
  • Life Care Center of Attleboro
  • Martin Pines Neighborhood Association
  • Deborah Fournier & her students at Mansfield High School
  • Milton Chiropractic/Bay State Physical Therapy
  • Murray UU Church Congregation
  • Nikki Lake, Champion's Program, Plainville, MA
  • Ocean Spray Cranberries
  • Personal Best Karate
  • Pondville Correctional Center
  • PriceRite Partners
  • Rehoboth Food Pantry
  • Rhode Island Wind Ensemble
  • Seabra Supermarket - Attleboro
  • Shaw's Supermerket - North Attleboro
  • Studley Elementary -  Attleboro
  • Stop & Shop - Attleboro
  • St. Vincent de Paul Society

Grant Funding provided by:

  • Project Bread
  • United Way of Greater Attleboro/Taunton