Grandma's Pantry

Grandma’s Pantry

Grandma’s Pantry is a supplemental food pantry for the elderly of Waltham which began in 1990.  Our congregation and faithful local community contributions fill our cupboards and support us financially.  The Pantry is the recipient of their generosity throughout the year and especially at holiday times.

The pantry services Waltham residents 60 years of age or older (ID is required).

In 2016 Grandma’s Pantry served 1723 people.

Hours and Location

Grandma’s Pantry is transitioning its days from every Friday to the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month. Hours are from 9:00am to 11:00am

August                                                      September
Friday, August 4                                      Saturday, September 9
Friday, August 11                                    Saturday, September 23
Friday, August 18
Friday, August 25
(end of Friday open time)              

Volunteers

We are always looking for more volunteers to rotate through the schedule.

Watch this space for ideas on how to volunteer, or contact Sue Burkart at 781-899-6230 or Andrea Shirley at 781-454-6509

Each May, the Waltham Postal Workers have an Annual Food Drive to donate to Grandma’s Pantry. For this one day annual event, we always need as many volunteers as possible to empty bins, categorize items and re-box foods for storage.

Many Thanks to Temple Isaiah

Temple Isaiah in Lexington donates food on a monthly basis.

Additional Food Donations

Donations of non-perishable food or money to purchase food are always appreciated. Donations are accepted during church office hours (M-F, 10am-2pm) and also during our Sunday church services. Please remember that food items should be regular size, not large size, as this is for individual seniors, not families. Sugar free and no salt items are accepted.

Grandma’s Pantry is excited to have received a grant from Foundation for MetroWest to assist in this ministry, as well as a House of Mercy grant from the Episcopal Diocese of MA.

Frequently asked Questions about Grandma's Pantry

  • Can I use Grandma's Pantry?

    Grandmas' Pantry is available to any resident of Waltham 60 years of age and older.
  • How do I get started?

    First, start by taking a deep breath. You are not alone! Grandma's Pantry was established and is maintained by your Waltham neighbors to help in times like these!

    Here are answers to some questions you might have:
    1. Where is Grandma's Pantry? The Pantry is located in the back portion of Christ Church. Clients can park in the parking lot behind the church in designated Church parking spots. Come to the door closest to Main Street. A worker will check you in and help you shop through the shelves of food.
    2. How do I register as a client? Simply walk into the Food Pantry anytime it is open (2nd and 4th Saturdays from 9-11 am) and ask to be registered as a client. You will need something to show proof of your age and that you are a Waltham resident. Once you are registered, you can get food the same day.
    3. What are the hours of Grandmas' Pantry? The Pantry is open on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month, from 9am - 11am. The Church does ask that clients do not go down to the Pantry until the volunteers have arrived. It is best not to arrive before 9:00am because you will not have access to the building.
    4. How often can I get food? You can shop at Grandma's Pantry whenever it is open.
  • Can I donate food or money?

    First, thank you for wanting to help your neighbor! Grandma's Pantry runs on donations of food, money, and time; all donations are gratefully accepted.

    Here are answers to some questions you might have:
    1. Where is Grandma's Pantry and where can I donate food? The Pantry is located in the back portion of Christ Church. You can park in the parking lot behind the church in designated Church parking spots. Come to the door closest to Main Street. Your food donations can be left during the week at Christ Church Office, or on Sundays at the church services.
    2. When is the best time of year to donate to Grandma's Pantry? Anytime! No, really, its true. Most people think of donating to the Food Pantry around holiday times, but the Food Pantry serves people all year round. Summers are often a good time to increase your donations.
    3. Can I donate money? Yes, please! Grandma's Pantry relies heavily on monetary donations to fulfill our mission. Checks should be made out to Christ Church with Grandma's Pantry in the memo line. Donations can be mailed to:
      Christ Church Episcopal
      750 Main St
      Waltham, MA 02451
    4. What items are most needed by the Food Pantry? Unexpired, shelf stable, non-perishable food --Canned food, boxed food and cereal are best. We are not able to refrigerate much and cannot keep perishable food. Basic items are great, as is a more upscale item that might be a treat. Bulk donations (cases such as you might purchase at BJ's or other warehouse) are very appreciated, as are single items. Laundry detergent and personal care items are also helpful.
    5. How can I get in the habit of donating? Donating to the Food Pantry is a great habit to establish and teach children! Some strategies might be:
      • Buy two of everything you buy for your own family, and donate the extra.
      • Buy a case of something and donate it each week.
      • Set a donation box in your home and collect items. Bring in your donation when the box is full.
      • One family donates the items to make their favorite meal every week
      • Join with other families in your neighborhood, church or club and take turns bringing the gathered donations
      • One mom reports that every member of her running group bring two canned items to their daily run. They carry their cans instead of weights, and donate the gathered cans at their church each week.
  • Can I volunteer?

    First, thank you for wanting to help your neighbor! Grandma's Pantry needs volunteers to help stock shelves, receive donations, and to register and assist clients

    Here are answers to some questions you might have:
    1. Where is Grandma's Pantry? The Pantry is located in the back portion of Christ Church. You can park in the parking lot behind the church in designated Church parking spots. Come to the door closest to Main Street, The Pantry is located at the end of the hallway curving to your right.
    2. How do I volunteer as a worker? You can start by emailing the Church Office (office@christchurchwaltham.org) or by contacting Sue Burkhart and Andrea Shirley. They will contact you about opportunities.
    3. What qualities are important in a volunteer? We look for people with genuine compassion and a desire to help their neighbor. Courtesy and a welcoming manner are important, as is discretion. People you may know are clients of Grandma's Pantry, and most people are sensitive about being gossiped about, particularly in this context. Maintaining the privacy of our clients is important, as well as treating them with good manners and respecting their dignity.
    4. What is the time commitment? We are flexible. Grandma's Pantry is open to clients the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month from 9am to 11am. Other ways of helping are to receive donations and stock shelves. All we ask is that we can depend on you for your scheduled times!