Island Food Pantry

Location

Christ United Methodist “Stone” Church
Corner of William & Church Streets
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568
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Distribution Hours

Open Year Round
Wednesday 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. – noon

ABOUT US

Since its inception in 1981, the Island Food Pantry has had a simple but effective mission: neighbors helping neighbors get through the winter on Martha’s Vineyard. In recent years, however, the Food Pantry has evolved in several significant ways to better serve island residents in times of need.

The Pantry expanded from an off-season operation to a full twelve months of service. It reorganized its pick-up site so that clientele are able to select the food that best meets their family’s dietary needs and preferences, and transformed its operations to offer a healthier diversity of food. By joining the Greater Boston Food Bank, the organization makes better use of its resources, buying more than 16,000 pounds of packaged, refrigerated, and frozen food to distribute each month. Nearly 800 households – some 1,500 children, adults, and seniors – have reaped the benefits of these changes.

People experiencing food insecurity come from every segment of our population: seniors, professionals, hourly workers, seasonal employees, and families, to name a few. They may include your neighbors, customers, colleagues, and friends, people who require food support for a few weeks, months, or longer. These days the need is much greater, and the solutions, though more complex and costly, are motivated by the island community’s caring and compassion.

Our team of more than 60 longtime and new volunteers has risen to the challenge, contributing their time, energy, and enthusiasm week after week as our operations continue to increase in scope and complexity. Working in collaboration with dozens of other island organizations, churches, businesses, and individuals, the Island Food Pantry is making great strides to address hunger on the island of Martha’s Vineyard and provide a dependable source of nutritious food all year long.

We hope you’ll join us in this effort!

 

Executive Director – Kayte Morris

President, Board of Directors – Margaret Hannemann

Past Coordinator – Margaret Hannemann, 2017 – 2019

Past Coordinator – Armen Hanjian, 1996 – 2017

Newsletters

March 2018 – Food Pantry’s Spring 2018 Newsletter

November 2017 – VIEW PDF

August 2017 – VIEW PDF

The Island Food Pantry is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and contributions are tax-deductible to the extent of the law.

 

Our Mission

The Island Food Pantry strives to cultivate a healthy, hunger-free community on Martha’s Vineyard.
Together with our many volunteers, partners, and supporters, we help sustain our neighbors in times of need by providing a dependable source of wholesome food.

Because no one should go hungry on Martha’s Vineyard.

Island Food Pantry PO Box 1874, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568  | islandfoodpantry@gmail.com | 508-693-4764

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