Thank You For The Overwhelming Response!

May 16, 2020

We were very pleased to have such an overwhelming response to our call for volunteer help.   Over 120 people stepped forward to join our team and offer their help during this difficult time.  Our sincere thanks to each of you!

As part of our ongoing efforts to make the Pantry as safe as possible, beginning next week we will be implementing ROTATING VOLUNTEER AND STAFF CREWS.   This effort will help to ensure that the Pantry can remain open in the unfortunate event that someone becomes ill with COVID-19.

Our two teams will be led by 3 staff members each.  You will be assigned to a team and remain on that team throughout the duration of the COVID-19 crisis.  Because so many of you are interested in helping, you may only be called upon to volunteer once or twice each month.  Our Volunteer Coordinator will do her best to schedule you based on the information you provided on our survey.  She will send out weekly emails to let you know when you’re scheduled.  If you don’t receive an email – don’t worry – we’ll schedule you in as soon as we can.  Please keep an eye on your email and respond promptly so that we know to expect you.

Volunteers are the heart of Loaves & Fishes and we’re glad to have you on our team!

If you have any questions about this or anything else that we’re doing at the Pantry, please reach out to me by email at: CONTACT PATTY.  Specific questions about volunteering can be addressed to Sherrie at: CONTACT SHERRIE.

Once again, my sincere thanks for the gift of your time…it truly makes a difference.  My best for good health.

Patricia A. Stern
Executive Director


Loaves & Fishes will reopen on April 24, 2020

We hope you are all doing well and managing to stay healthy during this difficult time. As you know, the Pantry has been temporarily closed for the past few weeks in order to regroup.

Our staff team has been working very hard to recruit new volunteers, establish a fleet of trucks and drivers to retrieve our orders from the Greater Boston Food Bank, fine tune the drive-thru operation and ensure that enhanced safety protocols are in place.

We are happy to announce that the Pantry will reopen on Friday, April 24th!

If you or someone you know needs help with groceries, we encourage you to visit.

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Loaves & Fishes Update: Getting ready to re-open

Loaves & Fishes recently closed temporarily despite no known cases of Covid-19 among our staff and volunteers. We had made several changes to continue operating in the current state of emergency but eventually needed to close for a short time to refresh our volunteers, secure a new means of getting our food supply and fine-tune our drive-thru operation and safety protocols. We are now re-grouping and preparing to re-open soon.

You can help: we still need lower vulnerability volunteers, a box truck with driver once a week and financial donations.

We know our clients depend on us perhaps more than usual right now and will be opening as soon as we can.

For more details on how we got here, what’s coming, how you can help and what clients can expect when we re-open:

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