Food Pantry

Food Pantry

The Murray Church Food Pantry is an all-volunteer run outreach program of Murray Unitarian Universalist Church. This service is provided by the generosity of Murray Church members & friends in the greater Attleboro community.

We are open for grocery bag distribution two days a week on Mondays and Thursdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., weather permitting.  

Our volunteers work to ensure that bags of food are readily available for people to come and pick up.  In addition to distributing bags of food, we provide information to our recipients about area food resources to assist them in achieving self-sufficiency.

Our mission statement

The Murray Church Food Pantry is a committee of volunteers dedicated to assisting those in financial need with food assistance to supplement their food shopping. To that end, the pantry offers one bag of groceries and more per week, per family. We provide groceries that have the highest nutritional value available. We also provide fresh fruits and vegetables all year long. We gladly accept assistance from public and private aid agencies as well as from members of Murray Church and the greater Attleboro community. We work in accordance with federal, state, and local guidelines for food pantries.

Who we help

Our food pantry is open to individuals and households in the Greater Attleboro area that are experiencing food insecurity. First-time visitors must provide proof of residence such as a driver’s license or a utility, telephone, or cable bill that shows your current address

Cooking Matters

Cooking Matters Massachusetts is a program that is run nationally by Share Our Strength and it helps families to shop for and cook healthy meals on a budget. They also offer free cooking courses and interactive grocery store tours, empowering families to stretch their limited food budgets. Courses and tours are held throughout the state. Please visit their website for more information.

Food and assistance resources

The Murray Food Pantry has compiled a comprehensive listing of local and regional food assistance resources that we update regularly. These resources are also available to download in pdf format.

Download the Murray Food Pantry Resources Guide (pdf)

Hunger hits hard in Massachusetts

Project Bread’s Status Report on Hunger in Massachusetts

In Massachusetts, 9.6 percent of households or roughly one in ten households experiences worry about whether there will be enough to eat, those people are not evently distributed in our cities and towns. In some communities in MAssachusetts, seven in 10 households are living in poverty. Many of us would think that this statistic could only describe life in states that we consider “poor”—not our Commonwealth.

The working poor is often the hardest hit: the low-wage hourly workers who perform critically important tasks like caring for our elders, young children, and disabled adults are often food insecure; they can’t rely on an annual cost of living adjustment, and their hours can be cut without notice.

THIS WEEK’S SERVICE

Church News & Updates

Sunday, June 20

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