21-23 Murray Ave • Burlington, MA 01803 • (781)270-6625

Burlington Food Pantry

21-23 Murray Ave • Burlington, MA 01803 • (781)270-6625

Office Hours: Monday – Thursday, 9:00 AM-2:00 PM

This food pantry services residents of Burlington, Massachusetts, and is funded solely by the non-profit group People Helping People, Inc.

Thank you for your interest! You are welcome to sign up for a single shift, but we encourage a regular commitment. For more information or to sign up, please contact Pantry Coordinators: Julie Lewis and Jim Sheridan at 781-270-6625, or by email volunteercoordinator@peoplehelpingpeopleinc.org

People Helping People Job Descriptions

Saturday Sorting – MS & HS students welcome!

If you are not available to volunteer during the week, this is a great opportunity. On the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month from 9-10:30 am volunteers date-check and sort donated food, and also stock the shelves. This is a good job for teens as well as working adults. During the holidays, additional days and times may be added. Attention to detail is very important.  PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL us if you would like to be added to the schedule for a Saturday Sort.  Occasionally, we have too many people, and it gets over-crowded.

PHP Pet Pantry Volunteers

Our Pet Pantry grew from support of Phinney’s Friends and the MSPCA. Every other Thursday families can add dog food, cat food and litter and various treats and toys to their orders. We are seeking one or two animal lovers who can help with this on every other Thursday from 10 AM to 12 PM. The job includes talking to families and helping them get what they need, as well as helping us keeping supplies organized. Need to be able to lift up to 30 pounds.

PHP Lunch Program for Kids Distribution Positions

Volunteers are needed to help distribute prepackaged food to families. This includes, but is not limited to signing in families, pulling together different pieces of an order, weighing the food, and bringing food out to families waiting in their cars. The program will run June 22nd – September 2nd. Volunteers typically work on teams in 2-3 hour shifts, depending on the day. We are open for distribution Tuesdays (3pm-7pm), Wednesdays (11am-2pm) and Thursdays (10am-12pm). You are welcome to sign up for a single shift, but we encourage a regular commitment.

PHP Lunch Program for Kids Prepackaging Positions

Volunteers are needed to help pack bags of food for the program, this includes but is not limited to pulling together ingredients needed for the weeks menu, packaging, labeling, and restoring the food according to requirements. The program will run June 22nd – September 2nd. Volunteers typically work on teams in 2-3 hour shifts, the bulk of the work will be done on Mondays (X-X) and the last minute preparations are done on Tuesdays (1pm-3pm). You are welcome to sign up for a single shift, but we encourage a regular commitment.

Pantry Re-stocking

On Wednesday afternoons volunteers are needed at the PHP Food Pantry to restock the shelves in preparation of Distribution on Thursdays. This includes pulling food forward or stocking from storage areas. It can also include general organizing, cleaning and other tasks. Volunteers typically work in 1-2 hour shifts, between 2:15pm-4:00pm. This does require some heavy lifting and some training. For this job we strongly encourage a regular commitment.

On-call Delivery Drivers

On Thursdays from 10:00am-12:00 pm, volunteers are needed to deliver groceries to clients, who are unable to come to the pantry. Volunteers for this must be able to carry multiple bags of groceries up a flight of stairs. They also need to provide the transportation for deliveries. At the moment we are looking for additional drivers, who are willing to be on call in case we need extra drivers one day. Food is picked up from the PHP Food Pantry; all home deliveries are within Burlington.

PHP Victory Garden Volunteers

The PHP Victory Garden was established in 2014 as part of a larger Burlington Community garden complex. In addition to the Victory Garden, the area also includes leased plots for families, who do not have growing space available at their residence and a K-5 school garden. Everything harvested from the Victory Garden is distributed to families through the People Helping People Food Pantry. The garden is located behind Francis Wyman Elementary School at 41 Terrace Hall Ave. We are looking for volunteers to help water, weed and harvest in the garden throughout the growing season (May to September).

Don’t worry if you do not have any experience, you will be working under the guidance of our master gardener and garden manager. This is a great way to learn more about gardening. Most of our experienced volunteers work on their own schedule. There may also be opportunity to help out with other larger projects.

Food PantryDropbox Locations:

Unexpired, non-perishable food can be dropped off at donation bins at these Burlington locations:

21 Murray Ave. Open daily during daylight hours.
The Friendly Toast
Market Basket
Northern Bank
Burlington Public Library
Cambridge Savings Bank
RE/MAX Realty Experts
Rockland Trust Bank
Brookline Savings Bank
Fitness Together
Get in Shape for Women
Planet Fitness

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