Food Pantry, new location, new look
Last spring the Food Pantry swapped its space with the Thrift Shop sorting area. The main reason was to make the Thrift Shop more efficient by having their sorting and storage right next to the sales area. As part of the move, we also wanted the help of Food Pantry to be more efficient and inviting. Heavy-duty shelving was added in the back room along with improved air conditioning. Most noticeably the Food Pantry team gave the distribution room the feel of a grocery store.
We are looking for a few good people to volunteer at the food pantry at least once per month but up to four times per month on a Monday or Thursday morning from 9:00 am – 12:00 Noon. An orientation is provided. The Food Pantry offers people living in poverty the opportunity to pick up food and grooming essentials for free. The choice of responsibilities includes being present to assist or answer questions by the shoppers, registration into an electronic database, and sorting and stocking food. Contact the Church Office.
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, weather permitting, for grocery bag distribution
- Two days a week on Mondays and Thursdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
- One night monthly (on a trial basis) Tuesday evenings Feb. 28, March 28, and May 25 from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
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 area food resources to assist them in achieving self-sufficiency.
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 long. 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 experiencing 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 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 and 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)
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 is 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.