We run a Market (food pantry) for the town of Arlington, MA. We serve about 240 families a week. Our guests vary greatly from senior citizens to young families to young adults struggling with cost of living in Massachusetts. We have a large focus on fresh produce and we are always looking for extra support for families with special dietary needs including: kosher/halal/vegetarian/gluten free. Any help in those areas is appreciated.
Please call ahead about perishable donations. Other donations can be dropped off during donation hours on Tuesdays between 1 and 6. All donations should be delivered through main door on Broadway.
ProducePedia is a free resource that covers the types of fresh produce that can be delivered to food pantries. Each entry includes information on color, taste, and possible uses. People unfamiliar with the vegetable or fruit will learn how to use it, and those who are familiar with it still might learn a fun fact or two!
The Cooperative Extension sites have a wealth of information for any backyard gardener. Once you go to the site (each one if very different from the others) look for a link for “homes and gardens”, “landscape”, “consumer horticulture”, etc. to find information on improving your backyard garden. Neighboring state sites may offer information your own state’s site lacks.