The Reading Food Pantry relies on donations to operate. Because we are staffed completely by volunteers, 100 percent of your monetary donation goes straight to assisting our clients.
Donate items: While we purchase some of our stock from the Greater Boston Food Bank (which provides stock at far below cost to area food pantries), much of our inventory comes in via donations from the community. Periodically, we publish wish lists (including Amazon Wish Lists) to our Facebook page. Among the items we always need: coffee, tea, flour, sugar, baking soda, cooking oil, lunch packs of fruit, lunch packs of pudding, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, laundry detergent, toilet paper, tissues and paper towels.
You can drop donations in the donation bins at Stop & Shop and Market Basket in Reading, during store hours. We also accept donations at the Reading Food Pantry at 6 Salem St., Reading (come to the rear of the building - Old South Church) on Wednesdays from 4.30-6pm.
We can only accept items that are unopened and unexpired - please check dates before donating!
Donate money: We accept donations via PayPal or check. You can make checks payable to Reading Food Pantry and mail to 6 Salem St., Reading, Mass., 01867. PayPal gives you the option of making either a one-time or a monthly donation. We are a 501c(3) registered non-
profit so your donation may be tax deductible.