The Community Cupboard Food Pantry has been located in the church since its creation in the early 1990s. It provides food for people in need every Thursday evening from 6:00-7:30. The Pantry is run entirely by volunteers, about half of them from the church and half from the community—a coalition that is reflected in one of its Co-Coordinators being a member of the church and one a community member.
People who come to the Food Pantry are diverse in age, gender, race, and nationality. Some are elders on fixed incomes, some have lost their jobs, some are people with disabilities, and many are heads of families working full-time at poverty-level wages. Much of the food goes to children. Clients must be 18 years old to receive food and have a picture I.D. with their address on it or a picture I.D. such as a passport plus an official piece of mail to show their address. The Food Pantry is open to all people in need. Most clients come from Medford but also from Somerville, Malden, Everett, Chelsea, Cambridge, Revere, and other surrounding towns. The Pantry typically provides food for 70-80 clients each week. At Thanksgiving, the Food Pantry organizes a very large distribution that includes a turkey and all the fixings, and people of all ages from the church and the community come together to pre-bag the food. At all other times, clients choose and bag their own food.
The Community Cupboard Food Pantry is warmly supported by the church but is financially independent. It supports itself through grants from Project Bread and from Tufts University, and from financial donations from businesses, churches, Temple Shalom, and individuals. It also receives generous donations of nonperishable food from local churches, Temple Shalom, the Buddhist Temple, and several local schools. A significant portion of the food that the Food Pantry distributes comes from the Greater Boston Food Bank. If you wish to make a donation of money or food, you are most welcome to do so. Please email the church and someone from the Food Pantry will get back to you.