Friends of Bourne Food Pantry

Please send all correspondence and donations to:

P. O. Box 144
Buzzards Bay, MA 02532

Logo for the Bourne Friends Food Pantry - brown paper bag with vegetables and fruites showingEstablished in 1992, the Bourne Friends Food Pantry is a non-profit organization, under the auspices of the Friends of Bourne Council on Aging, Inc. The mission of the Food Pantry is to assist individuals and families in the town of Bourne that do not have the resources to provide themselves or their families with adequate nutrition.

The Pantry’s dedicated staff of 30+ volunteers, supervised by the Program Coordinator, is responsible for The Food Pantry’s weekly operation.

Today, the Bourne Friends Food Pantry serves more than 400 families, an average of 650+ individuals receive food each month. Twenty-three percent (23%) of the individuals served are senior citizens. At Thanksgiving, special holiday baskets are prepared and distributed. At Christmas, holiday foods are also available. Food is purchased primarily through the Greater Boston Food Bank or locally, at discounted costs.The Pantry is also a recipient of an annual $1500 grant from Project Bread, the Walk for Hunger.

The Pantry provides referrals and resource information for the many services available to clients: Council on Aging Outreach, WIC, fuel assistance, Food Stamps, etc.

Bourne Friends Food Pantry is located at:

20 Commerce Park, Pocasset

Thursdays 9:00AM – noon

Third Saturdays 9:00AM to 11:00 by appointment.

Fourth Thursday evening 5:00PM to 7:00PM

Appointments are required 508-759-3351

To be eligible for Food Pantry benefits, clients must provide evidence of Bourne residency and demonstrated need by their participation in a means tested program such as SSI, Transitional Assistance, Veteran’s Benefits, Fuel Assistance, Food Stamps, WIC or Mass Health. Clients in crisis, those newly unemployed or underemployed will also be served. None are turned away, but if not eligible for future Pantry pickups, the client will be referred to the appropriate resource.

Clients may come to the Pantry once a month to obtain food products equivalent to three to five days of groceries, depending on the number in the family. If a client is experiencing extreme hardship, exceptions to the once a month distribution will be made. Both perishable and non-perishable foods are distributed. For clients who are disabled or homebound, the Food Pantry volunteers will make home deliveries subsequent to an inital face to face interview at the Food Pantry.

The Pantry is located at 20 Commerce Park in Pocasset. Please note all mail should be directed to The Friends of Bourne Council on Aging, P.O. Box 144, Buzzards Bay, MA 02532.

The Bourne Friends Food Pantry is open Thursday mornings from 9:00am until 12 noon, the third Saturday of each month from 9:00am until noon, and the fourth Thursday evening from 5:00PM to 8:00PM. Appointments are required for all clients, including Thursday mornings, Saturdays and Thursday evening visits. For an appointment, clients should contact the Food Pantry Administrator or the Food Pantry Coordinator at 508-759-3351.

The Pantry relies on both public and private grants and donations as well as the fundraising efforts of the Friends and broad based support from the local community, schools, churches and civic organizations. It is truly a “grass roots” organization.

Monetary Donations may be made to the Friends of the Council on Aging, P. O. Box 144, Buzzards Bay, MA 02532, clearly noted as a donation for the Food Pantry.

Donations of food, unopened and within the recommended use dates, are always welcome! Donations may be brought to the Food Pantry Thursdays from 9-12, or you may call the Pantry at 508-759-3351 to make special arrangements.

Food items can also be dropped off at our many satellite collections such as several banks in town, the Bourne Senior Center and area churches.

The Bourne Friends Food Pantry has been chosen as a model program by the Boston Food Bank. Thanks to our many loyal supporters, the Pantry has been able to meet its vision to feed the hungry in the town of Bourne.

To volunteer for the Pantry, call the Food Pantry Administrator at 508-759-3351.