Brookline Food Pantry

at the Brookline food bank

United Parish is an active contributor to the Brookline Emergency Food Pantry. The Brookline Food Pantry provides free food to Brookline families and individuals in need.

As of August 1, 2021, the main location of the Food Pantry is located at United Parish. Visit their website to learn more about food distribution days.

Items most needed are: cereal, pasta sauce, soups, canned meats, tuna fish, canned vegetables and fruit, peanut butter, jams and jelly, powdered milk (boxes of individual packages), and toiletries (soap, shampoo and toothpaste).

Please bring your donation to United Parish on Sundays (or during the week when the building is open) and place your contribution in the baskets in the Marion Street lobby, in the back of the Sanctuary or at the 210 Harvard Street entrance.

Contact: 

Church Office
(617) 277-6860

Upcoming Brookline Food Pantry Events

September 4, 2021 - 10:00am (Food Drive for the Brookline Food Pantry)

Latest Brookline Food Pantry News

Food Drive for the Brookline Food Pantry - August 7
Posted: Jul 23 2021 - 2:24pm

The Hearts and Hands Ministry Team will be holding a food drive for the Brookline Food Pantry on the first Saturday of every month. The next one will be Saturday, August 7 from 10am-2pm at the Chapel ramp door. Contact heartsandhands@upbrookline.org for more information.

We will be collecting canned goods and non-perishable food to help support the Food Pantry.

Please read the guidelines below from the Brookline Food Pantry:

• We aim for healthy and nutritious items for our clients (think lower sugar cereal, whole grains, fewer preservatives, etc)

• Many of our clients have special dietary restrictions and often request low sodium, low sugar, lactose free, gluten free items.

• Many of our clients have small children at home so snacks for young kids are great! Diapers too!

• Personal care items such as feminine products, shampoo, lotion, Vaseline are always appreciated.

• We have plenty of canned tuna fish and beans.

• Clients love vegetable and chicken broth to cook with.

• Cooking oils are often asked for

  • Vegetable
  • Extra virgin
  • Sunflower

• Some items that our clients think of as special treats include

  • Jarred olives
  • Pickles
  • Dried fruit
  • Chocolate
  • Nuts
  • Honey
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Dried herbs and spices
  • Artisan crackers

• Please check all expiration dates before donating. We cannot accept items past their expiration date.

A note from the Brookline Food Pantry:

"Monetary donations to the pantry are the most impactful for us right now, they go farther than you may think. We are able to use all monetary donations towards purchasing food in large quantities from the Greater Boston Food Bank at a discounted price. Food donations are wonderful and always much appreciated, but since we feed over 700 households a week, we need to have a very high inventory of our staple items on hand at all times. Purchasing in bulk allows us to do that."

Click here to make a monetary donation.

For more information, please contact the Brookline Food Pantry brooklinefoodpantry@gmail.com, or 617-800-5339 or visit https://www.brooklinefoodpantry.org/.

United Parish Welcomes the Brookline Food Pantry
Posted: Jun 30 2021 - 5:31pm

The United Parish in Brookline is grateful to announce a new ministry partnership with the Brookline Food Pantry (BFP). Starting August 1, we will serve as the central location for the Food Pantry. This is an exciting new chapter in the lives of both organizations.

For 37 years, the Brookline Food Pantry has been a mainstay of alleviating food insecurity in Brookline. It began as a ministry of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and in 2014 became its own non-profit. Volunteers come from all over Brookline. Need has expanded steadily over the years, leading to secondary locations in affordable housing complexes on Egmont and High Streets. In 2018, directed by the inspiration of Kim Kushner, BFP developed the Brookline Thrives program which provides weekend backpacks of meals for Brookline students who need the additional food. Nearly 550 students participate in this program.

During the pandemic, United Parish has provided storage for the Brookline Thrives program. At the same time, need at the three food pantry locations increased from 175 households per week to 750. With all of this increased food insecurity, BFP has needed more space. This winter and spring, the Food Pantry and United Parish began conversations about how we might collaborate.

Our Parish Administrator Sarah Fitzpatrick and Facilities Manager David Dunphy have worked diligently with BFP Operations Manager Arielle Chernin (a life-long United Parish member), Executive Director Elizabeth Boen, and their Board to make sure we can accommodate their needs while also continuing our congregation’s regular programming, as well as that of our other regular building users. BFP will use the storage room off of the Willett Hall stage for their primary storage. They will use Willett Hall and our Chapel during regular weekly daytime distribution hours (two times per week). The Brookline Food Pantry welcomes new volunteers, you can sign up here.

We are grateful that God has brought us this new collaboration in the ongoing good work of the Brookline Food Pantry. We hope you will join us in welcoming them into the array of organizations and ministry partners that use our building.

For any inquiries about this new collaboration, please contact Parish Administrator Sarah Fitzpatrick at office@upbrookline.org or 617-277-6860. 

Food Drive for the Brookline Food Pantry - June 5
Posted: May 21 2021 - 4:36pm

The Hearts and Hands Ministry Team will be holding a food drive for the Brookline Food Pantry on the first Saturday of every month. The next one will be Saturday, June 5 from 10am-2pm at the Chapel ramp door. Contact heartsandhands@upbrookline.org for more information.

We will be collecting canned goods and non-perishable food to help support the Food Pantry.

Please read the guidelines below from the Brookline Food Pantry:

• We aim for healthy and nutritious items for our clients (think lower sugar cereal, whole grains, fewer preservatives, etc)

• Many of our clients have special dietary restrictions and often request low sodium, low sugar, lactose free, gluten free items.

• Many of our clients have small children at home so snacks for young kids are great! Diapers too!

• Personal care items such as feminine products, shampoo, lotion, Vaseline are always appreciated.

• We have plenty of canned tuna fish and beans.

• Clients love vegetable and chicken broth to cook with.

• Cooking oils are often asked for

  • Vegetable
  • Extra virgin
  • Sunflower

• Some items that our clients think of as special treats include

  • Jarred olives
  • Pickles
  • Dried fruit
  • Chocolate
  • Nuts
  • Honey
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Dried herbs and spices
  • Artisan crackers

• Please check all expiration dates before donating. We cannot accept items past their expiration date.

 

A note from the Brookline Food Pantry:

"Monetary donations to the pantry are the most impactful for us right now, they go farther than you may think. We are able to use all monetary donations towards purchasing food in large quantities from the Greater Boston Food Bank at a discounted price. Food donations are wonderful and always much appreciated, but since we feed over 700 households a week, we need to have a very high inventory of our staple items on hand at all times. Purchasing in bulk allows us to do that."

Click here to make a monetary donation.

For more information, please contact the Brookline Food Pantry brooklinefoodpantry@gmail.com, or 617-800-5339 or visit https://www.brooklinefoodpantry.org/.