Established in 1990 in the basement of St. John’s Methodist Church, the food pantry currently serves approximately 160 Dedham families each month. Approximately one-half of those served are children.
The types of food distributed to our clients include a variety of non-perishable pantry staples; perishable items such as frozen meat, eggs, cheese and bread; and fresh seasonal produce when available. We obtain the food from a variety of sources including purchasing from the Greater Boston Food Bank; receiving donated food from individual, community or corporate food drives; purchasing from warehouse and thrift stores; receiving donated food from grocery stores; and receiving donated produce from local farms.
The food is distributed based on family size, availability of provisions, and if necessary, special dietary requirements. We also offer clients personal hygiene items including shampoo, soap, and toothpaste.
The day to day pantry operations are supported entirely by generous and dedicated volunteers. The Dedham Food Pantry is governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees.