How to Help

How to Help


The Food Pantry is a 100% volunteer operation, including those who serve on our Board of Directors. As a volunteer, your time commitment can be

  • One hour per week collecting or sorting food donations
  • Three hours per month helping with food distribution
  • Friday (distribution day) volunteers are needed from between 8:30 am and noon!

Volunteers are especially needed during large events such as the Annual Postal Food Drive or during the holiday season when families have increased need for food assistance. Contact Us for further information on ways to help.

Please note all volunteers must be in the 9th grade or older to attend during our distribution hours

Brochures are available upon request.


Our partner agency, The Worcester County Food Bank, acquires and distributes a monthly allotment of canned, dry, frozen and fresh food and grocery products, the majority of which is provided by the State (MEFAP) and the Federal Government (TEFAP). About 80% of the food we provide comes from the WCFB.

The food pantry requests non-perishable and unexpired foods. Listed below are several items that are constant necessities:

  • Canned protein sources (chicken, baked beans)
  • 100% Juice (concentrate preferred)
  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • Canned soup
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Peanut butter
  • Cereal and oatmeal
  • Mac ‘n cheese
  • Personal care (soap, shampoo, etc.)
  • Paper products (toilet paper, tissues)

Bread and bagels are donated by Shaw’s in Worcester and The Bagel Inn and Big Y in Holden.

Fresh fruit, vegetables and other groceries are supplied locally by the Big Y of Holden and Price Rite in Worcester.

About 20% of our food comes from food drives organized by local schools, religious and civic groups, and the generous contributions from the community at our drop-off sites throughout the region. Due to limited storage space and changing food needs, please Contact Us so we can assist you in organizing a successful food drive.

Non-perishable and unexpired food collection containers are available around the towns we serve including our site at 50 Worcester Rd. (Rte 12) in Sterling:





Big Y Richards Memorial Library Sterling Municipal Offices Princeton Post Office
LCU Sterling Library Princeton Town Hall
Holden Senior Center
Gale Free Library
Holden P.O.
Holden Town Hall
Holden Chapel Foyer
Chaffin Congregational Church
First Congregational Church
First Baptist Church
Jefferson P.O.
Checkerberry Village


Tax-deductible contributions can be mailed to us at:

Wachusett Food Pantry
P.O. Box 62
Jefferson, MA

A receipt will be provided by return mail.