Open Pantry Collections

 

Open Pantry of Greater LowellLowell provides food once a month for those in need in the Greater Lowell Area. First Parish has been supporting Open Pantry for many years by collecting food and cash donations once a month and delivering them to the Open Pantry distribution center in Lowell.

How can you help? You can donate food or you can donate money. You are welcome to accompany the person bringing the donations over to Open Pantry. At the Ingathering (Thanksgiving) Service in November, there is a large donation of both food and cash that is brought forward during the Sunday service. 

Open Pantry accepts non-perishable food, checks and cash. While we typically deliver donations once a month during the church year, you can leave donations in the Open Pantry box at the church at any time during the month. The box is usually in the room with the copier across from Cindy's office. If you are leaving a check, you can make it out to "Open Pantry". In the memo line, please write First Parish UU Chelmsford or just FPUU, so they know it's from us. There is a mailbox for Open Pantry in the copier room. 

No donation is too small.

Open Pantry accepts nonperishable food, checks and cash. While we typically collect donations on the third Sunday of the month, you can leave donations in the Open Pantry box at the church at any time during the month. The box is usually either in the chapel narthex near the copier, or in the hallway across from Cindy's office. If you are leaving a check, you can make it out to "Open Pantry". In the memo line, write First Parish UU Chelmsford or just FPUU, so they know it's from us. You can find envelopes in themailbox near Cindy's office, and drop them in Cindy's office or lail it to:
Open Pantry of Greater Lowell
200 Central St.
Lowell, MA 01852
(978) 453-6693

Most Useful Donations:

  • checks or cash (financial donations go a very long way, as Open Pantry
    can get many items inexpensively in bulk from their suppliers)
  • coffee (instant)
  • peanut butter
  • tuna
  • powdered or evaporated milk (not condensed)
  • single serving cans of whatever (add water only)
  • Ivory soap bars (this brand because it is ‘multi-purpose’)
  • Asian and Hispanic foods (non-perishable).
  • Baby food, diapers, formula.
  • Men’s and women’s toiletries, shampoo deodorant, etc.
  • No clothes.
  • Can Openers (non-electric) for homeless individuals.
  • Foods appropriate for diabetic individuals.

Questions or comments? Please contact Gail Pickering

Collection Dates for 2016-2017: Sept. 11, Oct.2, Nov.20 (Ingathering Service), December 4, January 1, Feb 5, March 5, April 2, May 7, June 4

Contact Info

First Parish Church
2 Westford St
Chelmsford MA 01824

978-256-5133