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Things we want you to know…

• CLOSED MONDAYS: Effective Monday, May 11th the Pantry will no longer offer distribution on Mondays. This will allow us to receive and process larger deliveries so that we can serve you better. We will be open the other distribution days as usual: Tue 3-7pm, Wed 11-2 and Thurs 10-12.
• We know many of you are receiving unfamiliar foods, and we ask for your patience as we work to find new ways to get closer to providing you only what you need.
• In the meantime, if you have excess food, we encourage you to share it with someone who might be in need, try something new, or donate it back in our donation center.
• Each week we will now be asking you more questions in order to better accommodate your needs, which may slow down the process somewhat.
● Stay tuned as we are working on ways to make each week’s list available for you to fill out prior to coming to the Pantry. If you want to learn more, please email
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Register NOW

Children need healthy food to learn and grow and be active. Let us help you provide lunch for your child(ren) while home on April vacation!

People Helping People invites you to sign your child(ren) up for our FREE People Helping People Lunch Program for Kids.
What you need to know:

• You will receive the foods and recipes necessary to prepare 5 lunches, 5 snacks and 5 beverages for each child.

• Pick up time: Monday, April 20th, 4:00-6:00 pm

• Pick up location: PHP Food Pantry, 10 Saint Mark’s Road, Burlington, MA

• FREE to all families participating in the Free or Reduced Price school meals in Burlington as well as to current People Helping People Food Pantry clients with school-age children.

To register for the program please fill out our registration form online at:

Lunches are provided in collaboration with Burlington Public School Services. If you have any questions or have trouble accessing the online form, please call 781-270-6625 or e-mail us at


Warmest regards,
Jane McIninch and Cheryl Barnes
Registration letter to parents April 2020

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Bear Cubs at Pantry

Thank you to the Bear Cubs for volunteering at the food pantry! They had a big food drive at their derby rally on January 25 and came in to help sort the donated food on January 31.

Special thanks to Larry and Amy Warfield.

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9th Annual Wine Tasting & Charity Auction

We are very excited that Bob Murray and the Cafe Escadrille will be hosting the 9th Annual Wine Tasting & Charity Auction on Sunday, February 23 from 2-5 pm. Price this year will be $60pp. Proceeds benefit People Helping People!

A few exciting changes this year – We have a new auctioneer Burlington’s own Jack Ferren! Jack promised to bring a lot of fun in the afternoon. We are selling a few tables of 12 that can be reserved in advance. Tables must be paid by February 15th. We will also have a new improved checkout at the time of your purchase!

Only 180 tickets will be sold. Tickets can be purchased at Spencer Cleaners (both locations), A Whole Bunch of Flowers or by contacting Janet Sullivan-Fitzgerald at or 781-244-9519!

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Kathy Abouzahra Memorial Scholarship

The People Helping People, Kathy Abouzahra Memorial Scholarship was established in 2019 in memory of Kathy’s dedication to community service and to the Burlington Food Pantry. Kathy believed strongly that service to others is the foundation of a strong and vibrant community. She lived by her mantra of “Anything worth doing, it is worth doing right”.

Scholarships totaling $5000 will be awarded to Burlington graduating seniors who demonstrated impactful community service and performed exemplary volunteer work. The money will be paid directly to the tuition officer of the selected institution after receipt of a second-semester bill.

Eligibility Requirements
• Full-time high school senior & Burlington resident
• Plan to attend college, university, or vocational/technical school

Application Process
Click here to download the application

Burlington High School Seniors:
Please complete the application, attach supporting documents, and submit to the BHS Guidance Department. The BHS Guidance Department will automatically attach transcripts and mail applications.

Burlington Residents:
Please complete the application and include a copy of your high school transcript and supporting documents.

Mail to:
Burlington Food Pantry
Kathy Abouzahra Memorial Scholarship
P.O. Box 343
Burlington, MA 01803

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The People Helping People “Wish Tree”

The People Helping People “Wish Tree” will be at the Burlington Mall starting November 23rd. The tree provides over 2000 gifts to children in need in Burlington. We are looking for additional Groups/Organizations to staff the tree for a day at the Mall. What better way to help those in need during the holiday season in the community of Burlington. For more information, contact Janet Sullivan Fitzgerald at or (781) 244-9519

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Stamp Out Hunger

Donations Needed ! ! !

On Saturday, May 11th the National Association of Letter Carriers is conducting their annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive. Any food collected in Burlington will be donated directly to People Helping People’s Burlington Food Pantry.

The most pressing needs at the moment are:

Cereal & Oatmeal
Pasta sauce
Basmati rice
Vegetable oil
Dish detergent
Boxes of tissues
Canned fruit
Canned tomatoes
2 lb. sugar (granulated)
Canned spinach,
Toilet paper (indv. wrapped)
Baby wipes

If you have any questions, contact Jane or Cheryl at or 781-270-6625.

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Walk for Hunger

Sunday, May 5, 2019
Boston Common – all day event
Project Bread’s Walk for Hunger is Massachusetts’ largest and oldest day of community action against hunger. In its 51st year, the event offers three routes that begin and end on Boston Common:

• 20-mile walk route: With eight shuttle bus checkpoints returning to Boston Common
• NEW: 3-mile walk route
• 5K run: Through Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood

A celebration with food, festivities, and live music on the Common will follow.

Join the People Helping People team!
This year 60% of our fundraising stays with People Helping People to alleviate hunger in Burlington. To register for our team or to make a donation, visit or scan QR code.

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8th Annual Wine Tasting and Charity Auction

People Helping People is very pleased to announce that Bob Murray, owner of the Café Escadrille, will be hosting the 8th Annual Wine Tasting and Charity Auction with all proceeds going to support People Helping People.

The Wine Tasting & Charity Auction will be held at the Café Escadrille on Sunday, February 24th from 2-5 p.m. There will be wine tasting, gourmet appetizers, live auctions and silent auctions. All this for just $50.00. Once again in an effort to make the event more comfortable to those attending this year we will only be selling 150 tickets! Also the doors will not open until 2:00 PM. Anyone who attended any of the previous events will remember that as you entered the Escadrille you were greeted with a “Glass of Champagne or Wine”. Then you entered the ballroom and the appetizers were numerous and exquisite!
People Helping People is also pleased to announce that Frank Vozzella, Branch Manager & AVP of Northern Bank has once again reached out to People Helping People and for the Sixth year will be the Major Sponsor for the Event! Also the Weiner Family owners of Dunkin Donuts have once again made a special purchase for everyone attending the event this year!

The Charity Auction will be performed by Auctioneer Steve DiOrio who promises to be entertaining and with lots of great prizes to bid on.
The Auction Items this year promise to be unique with dinners from many of the local restaurants in Burlington and tickets to many of the Boston Sporting Events.
People Helping People is the umbrella organization for the Burlington Food Pantry, the Holiday Program & Wish Tree and the Covenant for Basic Needs. These three non-profit and volunteer-supported organizations are striving to meet the basic necessities of Burlington residents who have been hit hardest by the economic downturn. People Helping People is in need for a new facility as we have outgrown our current food pantry. We would also like to expand our services which we can’t do without a larger building. So proceeds once again will go towards our goal of a new facility for People Helping People.

In 2018 People Helping People once again had a very productive year. All the members of this great organization work hard to provide for those in need throughout the year.

In 2018 the Food Pantry distributed over 207,000 pounds of food to families in Burlington. This was in increase over previous years. This past December the Wish Tree processed over 2000 gifts for children. PHP also gave the seniors at the food pantry a small gift for the holiday season. In November over 180 families in town were provided the fixings for Thanksgiving dinners.
People Helping People is extremely grateful to Bob Murray for his continued generosity to People Helping People. Bob continues to make a very strong impact on People Helping Peoples ability to help those in need these past 8 years. Bob is always reaching out to our organization to assist! This event is totally donated by Bob Murray.
Tickets can be purchased through Janet Sullivan Fitzgerald, 6 Rita Ave., (781) 244-9519, Dan DiTucci Spencer Cleaners 271 Cambridge St., & 240 Middlesex Turnpike or John & Shannon at A Whole Bunch of Flowers 326 Cambridge St., Burlington
We are hoping that this will continue to be a real community event with many residents and organizations in the town supporting our major fundraiser. Please consider attending. Remember only 150 tickets will be sold this year!

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