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Community Food Pantry Community Food Pantry  
     

Provides food to those who do not currently have the financial means to meet their nutritional needs. Anyone in need of food assistance is eligible for help from this program. Need, not income, is the primary consideration for eligibility. Food is collected by area churches, service organizations, schools, businesses, and individuals and donated to Multi-Service. Governmental foodstuffs are received via the Greater Berks Food Bank

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the Community Food Pantry?
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The Community Food Pantry is both a place and a program. It provides food to those in the community who do not currently have the financial means to meet their nutritional needs.
   
Q. Who is eligible to receive foodstuffs from the Community Food Pantry?
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Anyone in the geographic area served by Boyertown Area Multi-Service—the Boyertown Area School District plus the townships of Hereford, District, Pike, Oley, and Amity--is eligible for assistance from the Community Food Pantry.
   
Q. What type of assistance is available through the Community Food Pantry?
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Three different food assistance programs are operated as a part of the Community Food Pantry.

Emergency Food Pantry: Anyone is need of assistance is eligible for help from this program. Need, not income, is the primary consideration for eligibility. An individual may receive assistance through this program once every three months. The food order provided consists primarily of non-perishable food items. Bread and other perishable food may be included if available. in addition, items which cannot be purchased with food stamps (paper products, toiletries, cleaning products, diapers, etc.) may also be disbursed.

Government Food Program: Eligibility for this program is based on income. Families or individuals who qualify can receive assistance on a monthly basis.

Holiday Meal Program: Individuals and families who struggle to put food on their tables throughout the year are often unable to afford a special holiday meal. Those in need may request to be put on a list to receive a box containing traditional holiday foodstuffs i.e. at Thanksgiving - a frozen turkey, potatoes, sweet potatoes, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, assorted vegetables, pumpkin pie filling, a pie crust mix, a bread product, etc.

   
Q. Where does the Community Food Pantry get its resources?
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Community Food Program: Food is collected by area churches, service organizations, schools, businesses and individuals and donated to Boyertown Area Multi-Service. It is then distributed by the Community Food Pantry to area residents in need.

Government Food Program: Boyertown Area Multi-Service receives governmental foodstuffs via the Greater Berks Food Bank. Items provided vary depending upon what is available. Some products are free and others are purchased by Boyertown Area Multi-Service at greatly reduced prices. A food order given to a client may combine products donated by the community and those secured from the Greater Berks Food Bank.

Holiday Meal Program: Most of the foods that make up the special holiday meal boxes are donated by the community, but sometimes they are supplemented with items from the Greater Berks Food Bank.

   
Q. How can I get food assistance?
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Call Boyertown Area Multi-Service at (610) 367-6957 to request an appointment for food assistance.
   
Q. How can I learn more about the Community Food Pantry services provided by Boyertown Area Multi-Service?

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Call Boyertown Area Multi-Service at (610) 367-6957 and ask to speak to the Food Programs Manager.

   
Q. How can I help support the Community Food Pantry?
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One of the best ways is to organize a food drive. Call Boyertown Area Multi-Service at (610) 367-6957 for helpful hints and to get the newest "high priority needs" list. Another excellent way to help is to make a monetary donation. The money is used to purchase specific items that are currently in short supply.