Meeting A Rising Demand

Volunteers taking orders at drive-up pantry

Like most of our more than 500 partner hunger-relief agencies, the Medway Village Food Pantry has seen a surge in people seeking help due to the COVID-19 crisis.

“We’ve seen a 40 to 50 percent increase in the number of families coming in a given week compared to the same time last year,” said Susan Dietrich, director of the Medway Village Food Pantry. “It’s been a lot of new families. We usually average five to six new families per month and now it’s about five to six new families per week.”

Volunteer loading up a car with food

Since mid-March, Susan has changed the operation of the pantry to be completely outdoors, so people can be safely spaced apart, adhering to all social distancing guidelines, and has added additional orders to supplement her normal food orders from The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB).

“I know we wouldn’t be able to do any of this without the support of GBFB. We couldn’t do this if we were on our own,” Susan said.

We don’t know how long this crisis will last, but we remain committed to helping struggling families across Eastern Massachusetts.

Your support is needed now more than ever to help us get healthy food to our neighbors in need.


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