Friends of Bourne Council on Aging
Bourne Friends Food Pantry
Please send all correspondence and donations to
P. O. Box 144
Buzzards Bay, MA 02532
Established 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 Council on Aging, as the Human Services Agency for the town, oversees the Bourne Friends
Food Pantry. 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 Noon
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 Adminstrator 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.