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Volunteer

The Food Pantry offers many opportunities to volunteer, for adults, teens, families, and youth groups. Please take a look and leave us a message at 781-275-7355 to volunteer or find out more.

Community Dinners

A complimentary dinner is served each Thursday from 5:00-6:00 during the school year. This effort relies on cooks, servers, and crews to set up and clean up. For the 2016-17 season, we also need a dinner coordinator to organize volunteers and a host to keep things running smoothly.

Dinner Host:

The host comes to each dinner, greets dinner guests, helps servers, and troubleshoots any problems that come up.  The time requirement is each Thursday from 4:30 to 5:45 PM during the school year.

Cooks
The cooks plan the menu and shop for groceries. (Bedford Community Table/Pantry will happily reimburse for the cost of groceries.) Cooking is done in the kitchen on the lower level of Bedford Town Center. Cooks arrive at Town Center around 2:30-3:00, and are finished by 6:00.

Servers
Servers serve the meal and beverages to the guests. They arrive at Town Center around 4:45 and finish at 6:00.

Clean up crew
The cleaners wash the items used in food preparation and clean the counters.They arrive about 5:45 and leave when clean up is complete. This is an ideal volunteer opportunity for families.

Set up crew
The set up team is responsible for setting the dinner tables. They arrive about 2:15 and can be done in as little as fifteen minutes depending on the number of volunteers. A great way for high school students to get community service credit!


Food Pantry

Pantry teams
The food pantry is open most Thursdays from 4:30 to 6:00. Each week a team greets clients, records attendance, and hands out prepacked bags of food. We currently have four teams, each responsible for pantry operations once every four weeks. Team members must be available from 3:30 to 6:00. Our existing pantry teams always welcome additional volunteers, and we encourage groups of 2-3 adults to volunteer as a new team.

Bag packers
Bag packers, generally high school students, arrive after school on Wednesdays and pack bags of groceries for distribution at the pantry.

Shoppers
Shoppers pick up pre-ordered items from local grocery stores. To pay, they either use the Food Pantry's debit card or check,  or pay themselves and request reimbursement.