Methodist Christ “Stone” Church
Corner of William & Church Streets
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568
Open Year Round
Monday - 2PM-4PM
Wednesday - 2PM-4PM
Because no one should go hungry on Martha’s Vineyard.
Helen Oliver, who was Pastor of the United Methodist Church at the time, began the Island Food Pantry in 1981. A parishioner had made a visit to a neighbor to give her a recipe only to find her cupboards absolutely bare. She called Helen and they knew it was time to start a Food Cupboard for the hungry on the island. They started with foods they thought would be useful and let Island Clergy, social services and schools know that free food was available for any in need.
In 1984, Helen Oliver left the Island and Pam Perry took over responsibility, greatly expanding the program and food began to be distributed on a regular basis. Individuals, churches, farmers, and the Vineyard Committee on Hunger gave food and monies to sustain the program.
In 1996, Armen Hanjian, a Methodist Minister, took over responsibility for the Island Food Pantry. Over his 20-year tenure he increased the number of volunteers from 25 to 70 and has seen the number of visits grow to over 2000.
In 2017, Armen passed leadership to Margaret Hannemann. During this year, the Pantry has expanded its service from six months in the Fall/Winter to year round. Service has been changed to have clients select the food they want from shelves rather than being given pre-packed bags.
The Island Food Pantry remains a Mission of the United Methodist Church of Martha’s Vineyard.
Current Coordinator – Margaret Hannemann, 2017
Past Coordinator – Armen Hanjian, 1996 – 2017
November 2017 – VIEW PDF
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