PACH provides Pepperell residents in need with caring, compassionate help to meet their basic needs.
PACH provides food and personal care items to individuals and families, and we distribute food monthly from the USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture), MEFAP (Massachusetts Emergency Food Assistance Program), and the Greater Boston Food Bank. Pepperell residents can receive food assistance and personal care items from the pantry twice a month.
In 2011, Pepperell residents made 1,321 visits to PACH Outreach, and our pantry volunteers distributed 4,140 bags of groceries to these clients.
PACH also connects residents with referrals to resources that can provide additional assistance, including SNAP (food stamps), WIC, the Salvation Army, local churches, and town departments. Resource referrals are available on an ongoing basis. Stop by the office during open hours or call to make an appointment.
Trained PACH volunteers help residents apply for fuel assistance from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Assistance is available for all fuel sources, including oil, gas, and firewood. Residents who are applying for the first time should call Pach during the months of November through April to make an appointment. LIHEAP will contact residents directly for renewals.
PACH also has applications available for the Salvation Army Good Neighbor Energy Fund.
Any resident of Pepperell who is in need may come to PACH for help. We serve seniors, veterans, families, and single adults of all ages and from all walks of life. We realize that even people who have jobs may need assistance in tough economic times. While some of the programs we participate in have income guidelines, we strongly feel that no one in Pepperell should be hungry or cold.