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

Murray UU Church
Food Pantry

 

Program Menu

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

 

"You cannot do a kindness too soon,
for you never know
how soon it will be too late."


~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~  


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


Click here for directions
to the Pantry

Proud Member Agency of the Greater Boston Food Bank

FOOD PANTRY HOURS:
Mon. & Thurs. from
9:30AM to 11:30AM
(see full schedule below)

The Murray Church Food Pantry is 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). Our volunteers work to ensure that bags of food are readily available for people to come and pick up.  In addition to distributing bags of food, we provide information to our recipients about about area food resources to assist them in achieving self-sufficiency.
 

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 the following holidays: New Years Day; Memorial Day; Independence Day; Thanksgiving Day; Christmas Eve and Christmas Day or whenever the City of Attleboro public schools are closed due to inclement weather.

 

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 per week, per family. In that bag, we will offer the highest nutritional value available. 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 any household that participates in one of the following government assistance programs*:

  • Food Stamps / SNAP,
  • Aid for Familes with Dependent Children (AFDC)
  • Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Program (WIC)
  • Welfare
  • Medicaid
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Head Start
  • Fuel Assistance
  • Vereran's Aid or
  • Household income does not exceed USDA thresholds.

In accordance with the federal and state guidelines, we require a person to sign in and provide their address, the number of people residing in their household, their ethnicity and their signature. By providing their signature, the recipients are verifying that they are currently receiving one of the benefits mentioned above.

* Per US Dept of Agriculture (USDA), The Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) and Mass. Emergency Food Assistance Program (MEFAP)

 

Cooking Matters!

There is a great resouce available for Massachusetts residents, Cooking Matters Massachusetts. This program, run nationally by Share Our Strength helps families to shop for and cook healthy meals on a budget. They also offer free six-week 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. Please click here to visit our Food Resources page!

 

Food Delivery

Food Pantry volunteers unloading the supply truck for the Murray Church Food Pantry.

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.gifAs many of you know there is much need in the area for food. 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.

To supplement the food we receive from the food bank and other sources, we always welcome donations of food, paper goods or toiletries to the Food Pantry. We are always in need of staple items including: hearty soups, canned tuna fish, jars of peanut butter, mac-n-cheese, pasta, pasta sauce (in a plastic jar), juices and juice boxes and Parmalat and dry milk.

Also other staples such as cereal, rice, beans, canned soups and vegetables, toilet paper and toiletries are always gladly accepted. We will also accept donations of fresh fruit and vegetables that provide additional nutrition to our recipients.

Product Dating--Food donations received throughout the year are always appreciated.  Unfortunately, some items received cannot be put on our food pantry shelves because they do not meet guidelines the pantry is required to follow.  Canned foods which are 12 months past the date stamped on the can may not be distributed to clients even though the shelf life for a particular item may be longer.  Packaged foods may not exceed 6 months past the date on the product.

Donations can be left in the box in front of the Food Pantry room or in the basket in the front foyer of the church near the Sanctuary.

 

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

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

For the past few years, we've sponsored a Thanksgiving Basket Drive. With the help of our congregation, the local food bank and other local organizations, 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, many of whom are regular food pantry visitors.

 

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
  • Attleboro Cultural Council
  • Attleboro City Employees
  • Bank of America, Attleboro branch
  • Brennan Middle School - Attleboro
  • Divas With a Twist
  • Foresight Personal Financial Planning, LLC
  • Friends of the Murray Food Pantry
  • Greater Boston Food Bank
  • In Memory of Tim Sullivan, founder of Schools Fight Hunger
  • Life Care Center of Attleboro
  • Mansfield High School Science Teacher Deborah Fournier and her students
  • Milton Chiropractic/Bay State Physical Therapy
  • Murray UU Church Congregation
  • Nikki Lake, Champion's Program, Plainville, MA
  • Ocean Spray Cranberries
  • Personal Best Karate
  • PriceRite - Seekonk
  • Rhode Island Wind Ensemble
  • Seabra Supermarket - Attleboro
  • Shaw's Supermerket - North Attleboro
  • Studley Elementary School -  Attleboro
  • Stop & Shop - Attleboro
  • St. Vincent de Paul Society
  • Whole Foods

Many thanks for all of your help and support!

 


 

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