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!
Island Food Pantry Board of Directors
President – Margaret Hannemann
Clerk – Sally Rizzo
Treasurer – Leslie Gray
Jen Wey Fiore
Executive Director – Kayte Morris
Past Coordinator – Margaret Hannemann, 2017 – 2019
Past Coordinator – Armen Hanjian, 1996 – 2017
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. EIN 82-3476772
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.
In a move to increase storage capabilities, improve the flow and variety of food, and become wheelchair accessible, the Island Food Pantry has relocated from its longstanding home at the United Methodist Stone Church in Vineyard Haven to the Portuguese American Club (PA Club) in Oak Bluffs.
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