Heart Healthy Food Pantry
Through a generous grant from the MetroWest Health Foundation, NSC launched (March, 2013) the MetroWest region's first Heart Healthy Food Pantry (HHFP). There is a clear need to improve the heart health of Natick residents, particularly families and individuals who cannot afford the high cost of healthy foods.
We are a choice pantry and our clients are able to shop for foods they prefer and are provided with up to two weeks of nutritious foods, including fresh fruits, vegetables, low fat dairy products, lean meats and personal care items. We are able to staff the food pantry because of our wonderful volunteers - over 150 of them - who facilitate approximately 2,180 client visits a year.
Food Rescue Program
Over the past year, we double the amount of food given out to clients due to clients, mainly because of our partnership with Lovin' Spoonfuls, a local organization that rescues fresh food that would otherwise be thrown away from grocery stores, produce wholesalers, farms and farmers markets, and distribute it to community food pantries. We have a separate Food Rescue Area that clients can access daily without an appointment.
Watch our video on our partnership with Lovin' Spoonfuls! https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8ysMpC2vR_0R05OOVJwa2FONWs/view
Who Does the Pantry Serve?
We offer food to those individuals and families in Natick that need help with providing food for themselves and their family.
Our Food Pantry provides:
- 3-5 bags of non-perishable food and 1 bag of perishable food per family per month
- 50 families served weekly
Each family is required to make an appointment for a specific date and time each month. Appointments are scheduled in 15-minute blocks.
Am I Eligible?
All Natick Service Council clients are eligible to use the Food Pantry once a month.
What’s the Process?
Once you become a Natick Service Council client (through meeting with a Case Manager), you will be given a Food Pantry card and can make your first appointment. You are responsible for making your own monthly appointments either by phone or in-person at the Natick Service Council office.
Approximately 24-hours in before your appointment, someone from the Natick Service Council will call to remind you of your appointment date and time. We ask that you arrive promptly for your monthly appointment and be finished shopping within the 15-minute appointment time.
We provide assistance with food selection and bagging. Additionally, we will help you load your groceries into your vehicle.
We will verify your income once a year.
How to Donate to the Food Pantry
Donations to the Vi Tutuny Food Pantry are accepted M-Th between 8am and 5pm and Fridays between 8am and 12pm at our 2 Webster Street address. We only accept donations of non-perishable food items.
We respectfully ask you not to donate any open or expired items as we have to dispose of them. Also, if you are unable to get to our office to make your donation, there are collection bins in the following locations:
- Roche Bros.
- Stop 'n Shop
- The Community/Senior Center
The food in these drop boxes is collected each week by volunteers and delivered to our Food Pantry.
For a list of foods needed in the Pantry for this time of year, please see the list to the right.
Top 10 Food Pantry Items Needed:
- Peanut butter
- Canned fruit
- Pasta and pasta sauce
- Coffee and/or tea
- Bottled juice
- Toilet Paper
To learn more contact us at (508) 655-1791.