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THE PANTRY IS OPEN AS A DRIVE-THRU SERVICE!

*Every Wednesday & Friday – 9:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
1st & 3rd Saturday of the month: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
2nd Tuesday of the month:  6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Clients do not need to pre-register for the Drive-Thru, just show up in your vehicle, bring your proof of residence, remain in your car and wait for direction.

NO INCOME REQUIREMENTS

If you have any questions or concerns,
please call 978-772-4627, x312
or email: clientservices@loavesfishespantry.org

*Pantry schedule is subject to change.

ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY RESOURCES:

  • Dial 211 for free referrals to other support services
  • Contact your area schools and local Councils on Aging to see what services they may be offering at this time

VOLUNTEERS & DONORS – DO YOU WANT TO HELP?

In order to limit exposure, we are kindly asking for financial donations instead of food and personal care items at this time:

MAIL A CHECK – payable to: Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry  Mailing address:  P.O. Box 1, Ayer, MA 01432
VOLUNTEERS – Please email volunteer@loavesfishespantry.org to inquire about volunteer opportunities.

WORDS FROM A CLIENT…

“Thank you very much for the food today.  I brought it home to my elderly parents and they were overwhelmed and could not believe how much was received! Thank you for making the Drive-Thru painless for everyone.  It was quick and easy.  Thank you to the volunteers who are helping the Pantry at this time, much respect to them!”

Volunteers – Please Take Note

March 12, 2020

Volunteers,

During the past week we’ve been busy putting protocols in place to respond to the current Coronavirus issue.  We are doing everything possible to ensure the safety and health of everyone in the Loaves & Fishes community, while continuing to be able to offer groceries to our neighbors in need.

The Client Drive-Thru Pantry worked very well yesterday.  Clients were patient with, and grateful for, the new system.  Now that we have the basic process established, our next goal is to minimize exposure further by limiting the number of volunteers required to effectively and efficiently run the Pantry sessions and the shelf stocking sessions.

In order to assist in scheduling, if you would like to volunteer at either a Pantry session or a shelf stocking session, you must contact Sherrie, our Volunteer Coordinator, in order to sign-up prior to the session.  She can be reached at: volunteer@loavesfishespantry.org.

A few other items:

  • If you volunteer at a Pantry session, please park either in the lower lot, across the street from the Pantry or at Robbins Pond in order to keep the upper lot clear for the Client Drive-Thru staging
  • If you are ill do not come to the Pantry.  In accordance with CDC recommendations if you present at the Pantry and appear ill we will ask you to leave.
  • Alert us immediately if you have:
      • been diagnosed with the Coronavirus
      • been exposed to someone who has been diagnosed with the Coronavirus
      • recently traveled either internationally or state-side
      • plans to travel either internationally or state-side
  • Follow CDC guidelines for preventative measures which can limit the spread of the virus

CDC CORONAVIRUS GUIDELINES

On behalf of the entire Staff Team and the Board of Directors, our sincere thanks for all you do to help us support our neighbors who are struggling.  We appreciate your patience as we attempt to navigate through this challenging time.  As always, we welcome your suggestions.  Stay well and wash your hands!

Sincerely,

Patty
Patricia A. Stern
Executive Director
director@loavesfishespantry.org
978-772-4627, x310

Loaves & Fishes Responds to Coronavirus

March 11, 2020

Loaves & Fishes Community,

The safety and health of everyone in the Loaves & Fishes community-clients, volunteers, donors and staff-is of utmost importance to us.  Because the current Coronavirus issue is developing quickly and may be causing concern, we want to assure you of what we are doing as an organization to proactively deal with this situation.

WHAT WE HAVE DONE/ARE DOING:

  • We are monitoring information on a daily basis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization, Massachusetts Department of Public Health and local health authorities
  • We have mobilized a Client Drive-Thru Pantry to limit exposure for clients, volunteers and staff
  • We have canceled all meetings and volunteer information sessions indefinitely
  • Our cleaning contractor is on-site each week to thoroughly clean and disinfect the entire facility
  • Our staff team is disinfecting the facility each day
  • Prepacked boxes of groceries will be distributed to key community partners (Councils on Aging, Police Department, etc.) for distribution at their discretion
  • Developed protocols to deal with:
      • An individual who has been at the Pantry and has been diagnosed with the Coronavirus, or is caring for someone who has been diagnosed with the Coronavirus
      • An individual who has been at the Pantry and has been exposed to the Coronavirus but is not showing symptoms
      • The possible spread of the Coronavirus to one of our communities

WHAT WE NEED YOU TO DO IF YOU FREQUENT THE PANTRY AS A CLIENT, VOLUNTEER OR DONOR:

  • Alert us immediately if you have:
      • been diagnosed with the Coronavirus
      • been exposed to someone who has been diagnosed with the Coronavirus
      • recently traveled either internationally or state-side
      • plans to travel either internationally or state-side
  • If you are ill do not come to the Pantry.  In accordance with the CDC recommendations if you present at the Pantry and appear to be ill we will ask you to leave.  If you are a client-contact us at: 978-772-4627, x312 or by email at: clientservices@loavesfishespantry.org.  We will do our best to provide you with groceries.
  • Follow CDC guidelines for preventative measures which can limit the spread of the virus:

CDC CORONAVIRUS GUIDELINES

We understand that the current situation may cause concern, however, our hope is to reassure you that we are doing everything possible to minimize exposure to illness and keep those who visit the Pantry as safe as possible.  As things develop in this rapidly changing environment, we will keep you informed of any adjustments to our plan via email, website and Facebook.  Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Patty
Patricia A. Stern
Executive Director
(978) 772-4627, x310

Andrea
Andrea Myette
President
Board of Directors