Contributions to the Brookline Food Pantry are welcome at any time of year, but with winter here and the need increasing, they are particularly welcome now. The Food Pantry currently serves over 850 Brookline households. In 2010, there were 3,350 visits by clients; the projected number of visits by the end of 2015 is 7,757. In 2010 there was one food pantry site, at St. Paul’s Church; as of May 2015, thanks to a partnership with the Brookline Housing Authority, a second site was opened in the community room of the BHA’s property on Egmont Street. Shortly after its opening, 75 new households signed up.
Contributions can be dropped off at St. Paul’s Church at 15 St. Paul Street in Brookline Village on Tuesdays and Thursdays, between 10 am and 2 pm; Wednesdays, between 3 pm and 6 pm, and Saturdays, between 12 pm and 3 pm. Or, you can leave them on Carla and Dick Benka’s front porch at 26 Circuit Road and they’ll be happy to deliver them.
The following items are in high demand: toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, moisturizers, sunscreen); teas and instant coffees; cooking supplies (sugar, oil, flour, spices); pasta and tomato products; canned soups and beans; canned vegetable and fruit (low sodium and no sugar added products); dry beans (all varieties); fresh produce (the Food Pantry has refrigeration facilities) and healthy snacks for kids (granola bars, seaweed packages, fruit cups).