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Friends of Bourne Council on Aging, Inc.
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Bourne Friends Food Pantry
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The Council on Aging, as the Human Services Agency for the town, oversees the Bourne Friends Food Pantry. The Pantry's dedicated staff of 30+ volunteers, supervised by Barbara and Joe Gordon, Program Coordinators, are responsible for The Food Pantry's weekly operation.
Today, the Bourne Friends Food Pantry serves more than 400 families, an average of 2200+ individuals receive food each month. Twenty-three percent (23%) of the individuals served are senior citizens. At Thanksgiving and Christmas, special holiday baskets are prepared and/or food vouchers to local grocery stores are distributed. Food is purchased primarily through the Boston Food Bank, locally at discounted costs and the Pantry is also a recipient of an annual $1000 grant from Project Bread, the Walk for Hunger.
The Pantry also provides referrals and resource information about the many services available to clients: Council on Aging Outreach Coordinator, WIC, fuel assistance, Food Stamps, school lunch programs, etc.
To be eligible for Food Pantry benefits, clients must provide evidence of Bourne residency and demonstrate need by their participation in a means tested program such as SSI, Transitional Assistance, Veteran's Benefits and Fuel Assistance. Clients in crisis, those newly unemployed or underemployed will also be served. None are turned away, but if not eligible for future Pantry pickups, the client will be referred to the appropriate resource.
Clients may come to the Pantry once a month to choose food products, equivalent to three to five days of groceries for the number in the family. If a client is experiencing extreme hardship, exceptions to the once a month distribution will be made. Both perishable and non-perishable foods are distributed. For clients who are disabled or homebound, the Food Pantry volunteers will make home deliveries.
Hours of Operation and Location: The Bourne Friends Food Pantry is open Thursday mornings from 9:00am until 12 noon, the third Saturday of each month from 9:00am until noon, and the fourth Thursday evening from 5:00PM to 8:00PM. No appointment is necessary, but appointments are suggested for Saturdays and Thursday evenings. The Pantry is located at 6B Colonel Drive in Bourne. Please note all mail should be directed to 239 Main Street, Buzzards Bay, 02532.
The Pantry relies on both public and private grants and donations as well as the fundraising efforts of the Friends and broad based support from the local community, schools, churches and civic organizations. It is truly a "grass roots" organization.
Monetary Donations may be made to the Friends of the Council on Aging, 239 Main Street, Buzzards Bay, 02532, clearly noted for the Food Pantry.
Donations of food, unopened and within the recommended use dates, are always welcome! Donations may be brought to the Food Pantry Thursdays from 9-12, or you may call the Pantry at 508-759-3351 to make special arrangements.
Food items can also be dropped off at our many satellite collections such as several banks in town, the Bourne Housing Authority, Grand Union Super Market, schools, etc.
The Bourne Friends Food Pantry was fortunate to be featured in the 1998 issue of People Magazine, a national publication. Thanks to its many loyal supporters, the Pantry has been able to meet its vision to feed the hungry in the town of Bourne.
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