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Wachusett Food Pantry
Sterling, MA 01564

The Wachusett Food Pantry (WFP) is a non-profit, non-denominational, volunteer organization founded in January, 1995 after a careful needs assessment of the Wachusett area. The pantry is a free-of-charge, emergency, monthly food program offering 3-5 days of meals to any family in the region with either a short-term or long-term need. Non-perishable groceries consistently provided include cereal, rice, macaroni & cheese, peanut butter, pasta, ground meat, canned tuna, canned fruit and vegetables, and 100% juice. In addition, a variety of personal care, special diet, snacks, and baby care items are often available. Fresh produce, meat, cheese, and bread are distributed as long as supplies last. The amount of food received depends upon the size of the family. Anyone living in Holden, Paxton, Princeton, Rutland or Sterling is eligible to use the pantry upon completion of annual registration. Proof of residency is the only requirement. The Wachusett Food Pantry does not discriminate against race, religion, color or age. The WFP and its volunteers value and respect the privacy right of its recipients. The pantry has served approximately 1100 families in its 19-year history, some very occasionally and others quite regularly. About 140 families per month are served. Food is distributed on the 3rd Saturday of the month from 9-11 am. A distribution dedicated to senior citizens is held the Friday before the 3rd Saturday of the month from 9-11 am. Emergency boxes are available upon request, if warranted. In the event of bad weather, for Friday Distribution the WFP follows the WRSD delayed opening or school closing.