Thank you for visiting our Wellesley Food Pantry website. You can find information about our location and operations, how to volunteer or donate, and our needs and food drives. We appreciate your interest in our mission of serving members of the Wellesley community who are food insecure or have emergency needs.
Wellesley Food Pantry currently serves more than 420 clients in about 200 households in town. Of those who come to the pantry for food and personal care products, about a third are children (18 years old and younger) and another third are seniors. The pantry is open every Tuesday morning to welcome clients, and is also open one Tuesday evening per month. The pantry receives no government funding – it relies solely on volunteers and donations from individuals, businesses, and civic organizations to stock shelves and serve clients.
The pantry has one big fundraiser and two large intakes during the year: the Ride for Food in September raises around $20,000; the Scouting for Food Drive is the first Saturday in November; and the Stamp Out Hunger/Postal Food Drive is the Saturday of Mother’s Day Weekend each May. These drives stock the pantry’s shelves at two critical times – right before the holidays and just before school lets out for the summer when donations tend to drop off and children no longer have access to school lunches.
Throughout the year donations are collected in large bins located at Roche Bros., Whole Foods Market, and in several other drop-off locations. The pantry gathers a wide variety of foods and personal care products (toothpaste, soap, shampoo, etc.).