Our History

Food Pantry sign and side entrance #1_Sept 2013 The Wellesley Food Pantry opened its doors for the first time in July of 1989. Started by representatives from local houses of worship and initially led by two Wellesley Friendly Aid board members, the Food Pantry grew into a vital organization of committed volunteers with a broad base of community support, including civic organizations, scout troops, schools, area businesses, and concerned individuals, as well as the houses of worship.

Although grateful to Friendly Aid for allowing the Food Pantry to operate under their umbrella for many years, current and former pantry management determined that the right time had finally arrived for the Food Pantry to create its own Board of Directors, knowledgeable in the running of the pantry, to preserve its history and assure its smooth and efficient operation and growth for the future.  The Wellesley Food Pantry was incorporated as a Massachusetts nonprofit organization in March of 2011 and received its 501(c)(3) status as a tax-exempt organization in May of the same year.