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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Our goal is to prevent hunger on Martha’s Vineyard. Anyone having difficulty obtaining food is eligible for assistance from the Island Food Pantry.
The Pantry is open:
- Monday 2 – 4 p.m.
- Wednesday from 1 – 6 p.m.
- Saturday from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
We are located at the PA Club a 137 Vineyard Avenue in Oak Bluffs.
Who can use the Pantry?
Anyone who is not financially able to obtain the food they need may use the Pantry. If you are on Mass Health, SNAP, or Fuel Assistance or are simply unable to afford groceries this month, we are here for you. We will ask that you fill out a registration form on your first visit.
How often can I visit?
Shoppers may visit once per week as needed. Some shoppers come less frequently depending on current needs. If you are limited in what you can take due to transportation or storage, let us know and we can arrange for more frequent visits.
What kind of food is available?
Non-perishable grocery items, fresh produce and whole-grain bread, dairy products such as cheese, eggs, and yogurt, and frozen meats, vegetables, and fruit. Canned and dry items are still a staple, but we offer healthier low-sugar and low-sodium varieties as well. Instead of pre-packaged bags, our clientele is able to select the items they want and need, resulting in more healthy, appetizing meals with less food waste.
How much am I allowed to take?
Everyone who uses the Pantry has different needs that frequently change over time. If you need only a little to supplement what you have, that is what you should take. If you are in a particularly difficult time and you need more than what is recommended, please let us know.
We want you to take what you need. As a general guideline:
- A household of 1 or 2 people may take 3 reusable grocery bags of food.
- A family of 3 to 3 people may take 4 reusable grocery bags.
- A family of 5 or more can take 4+ bags (depending on how many you are feeding).
If you have questions or need assistance, please call and leave a message at 508-693-4764 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.