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Pantry Schedule for Remainder of the Week

*The Pantry will remain open this week for all federal workers impacted by the “shutdown.”

-Thursday, January 31 – from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Federal Workers Only Session

-Friday, February 1, from 9:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

-Saturday, February 2, from 9:00 a.m. to 11: 00 a.m.


*Pantry’s Winter Closing Policy – If Ayer Shirley Regional School District is closed or delayed due to inclement weather, the Pantry will be closed.  To find out if the Pantry is closed, please call 978-772-4627 for a recorded message, or view our website or Facebook for an update.


We welcome ALL FEDERAL EMPLOYEES impacted by the Government shutdown to visit Loaves & Fishes and receive nutritious groceries and personal care items during the following **Open Pantry sessions:

-Every Thursday, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Federal employees only.

-Every Wednesday & Friday from 9:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

-1st & 3rd Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

-2nd Tuesday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

**Please bring your federal employee identification badge with you.  A designated shopper may shop on your behalf – please provide them with a copy of your ID badge.

Loaves & Fishes Mobilizes To Provide Groceries To FMC-Devens

The Federal Government Shutdown has impacted approximately 500 employees at The Federal Medical Center-Devens (FMC).  Loaves & Fishes has reached out to FMC and has offered them the opportunity to shop at the Pantry for nutritious food and personal care items during this most difficult time.


VOLUNTEER.   If you wish to help during one of our Open Pantry Sessions, please email Sherrie at:  Pre-registration is required in order for us to plan accordingly.

DONATE FOOD & PERSONAL CARE ITEMS.   Food and personal care items are welcome.  For donation drop-off times, please click on the calendar below:


MAKE A MONETARY DONATION.  Visit our website page: Donate Now or make a check payable to:  Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry and mail to: P.O. Box 1, Ayer, MA 01432.

Please help us help our neighbors who are struggling during the federal shutdown.

Patricia A. Stern, Executive Director