Our COVID-19 Response

We are responding to the increasing demand for food while taking extra precautions to ensure the health and safety of our community. We continue to monitor the development of COVID-19 and we’re taking proactive steps to protect the neighbors we serve, our Food Pantry team, and our supporters. As the situation continues to rapidly evolve, our priority remains focused on providing food and resources to those in need — a demand we anticipate will increase significantly over the coming weeks. We are in this together.

The video below describes how the pantry is operating during the pandemic:

We have returned to our regular monthly schedule of closing the week of the 4th Wednesday of the month.

WE ARE OPEN

10:00 am – 7:00 pm Wednesdays

9:30 am – 11:30 am Thursdays,

 

DRIVE THRU PANTRY ONLY.

Clients can choose from a list of non-perishable items, fresh produce,

dairy, & frozen meats.

If  we are closed and you are in need of other sources of food in your area, please look to these resources:

Check mass211.org or call 2-1-1 to find other food resources

Frequently asked questions

What are you doing to keep volunteers and clients safe?


We have reduced our number of volunteers to an extreme minimum, and only allow 5-6 volunteers assigned to the same shift each week and one staff member to be in the building at a time. We maintain 6 feet of social distance when performing the pantry tasks (unloading trucks, packaging groceries, cleaning, etc.). Volunteers who have any symptoms of illness are not permitted to enter the pantry. All staff and volunteers wear face coverings and gloves, and sanitize our hands and spaces frequently, as per CDC guidelines. Additionally, any food donations we receive are stored for a minimum of 3 days (72 hours) before they are handled by volunteers or distributed to clients.




Will people still be able to get food?


At this time, we are currently able to remain open, though clients are not permitted to enter the pantry. They will choose from a list each week and those items will be packed for them by volunteers. Additionally, you do not need to be a registered client of the food pantry; we will provide food to anyone who is in need.




Can the virus be distributed through food?


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) are not aware of any reports at this time that suggest COVID-19 can be transmitted by food or food packaging. However, if you wish, you can wipe down product packaging and allow it to air dry, as an extra precaution.




Can I volunteer to help at the pantry


We are currently not accepting volunteers at the pantry out of an abundance of caution for staff and volunteers. Right now we are strictly limiting the number of volunteers we have in the building.




Are you still accepting donations?


Absolutely! We are available to accept food donations at the Pantry on Tuesdays from 10-1 or during distribution hours on Wednesdays from 2-7 pm. If you are unable to bring your donations at those times, please call us and we can try to arrange another time. Another way to donate is to make a financial contribution through our website here. For donations via mail, please make checks payable to Acton Community Supper and Food Pantry, Inc., P.O. Box 2098, Acton, MA 01720




How else can I help?


Community food drives are one of the most helpful ways you can support the pantry! Find out more about Food Drives here, or you check with your local community groups (places of worship, youth clubs, neighborhoods) to find an ongoing food drive!




Where can I get more information?


Centers for Disease Control: CDC COVID-19 (Centers for Disease Control) Massachusetts Department of Public Health: Coronavirus Update Greater Boston Food Bank: COVID-19 Response





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978-635-9295

Located at 235 Summer Road, Building #1, Lower Level in the Boxborough Business Park, Boxborough, MA, 01719.