April 22 2020

Burlington Food Pantry Updates Supply Request List in Face of Extended School Closure

By: Rich Hosford

With schools now closed through the end of the academic year, People Helping People and the Burlington Food Pantry will continue providing free breakfasts and lunches to students who normally receive free or reduced lunches at school but they need the community’s help to do so. 


“With the schools remaining closed it will put a strain on the pantry without continued support from the community and local businesses,” said Melanie Goshgarian, who is running the People Helping People Lunch Program. 


She said that the program could always use donations of cereal, pancake mix, individual sized snacks, breakfast items, shelf milk, juice boxes, lunch bags, and  sandwich bags. She said they are also having difficulty getting fresh milk and are running low on disinfectant wipe and sanitizer with so many people volunteering. 


Donations can be made when the pantry is open: Mondays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesdays from 3 to 7 p.m. and Thursdays 10 a.m. to noon. There is also a list of drop-off locations you can find here but it may be prudent to call ahead to ensure they are open to the public.


The pantry is also looking to work with restaurants to provide food for the program and those in need. 


“Also, any restaurant interested in partnering with us to prepare “lunch bags” or donate family sized meals, pizza kits, or anything like that should reach out,” Goshgarian said. 


The number to contact the food pantry is 781-270-6625. Monetary donations can be made online at PeopleHelpingPeopleInc.org or mailed to People Helping People, Inc., P.O. Box 343, Burlington, MA 01803. 


“With cash donations we like to support local business,” Goshgarian said.


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