PACH provides Pepperell residents in need with caring, compassionate assistance to help meet their basic needs:
- Food Pantry
- Food Assistance Programs
- Resource Referrals
- Fuel Assistance
- Who Qualifies for PACH Services?
PACH provides food and personal care items to residents of Pepperell in need of assistance. We provide canned and boxed foods, frozen meats, and depending on availability, fresh fruits, vegetables, breads and dairy products.
PACH clients may receive assistance from the pantry twice per month.
If you are not currently a PACH client, please contact the office to learn how to receive assistance, and the required documentation for proof of residence in Pepperell.
Food Assistance Programs
PACH also distributes food monthly on behalf of the USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) Food and Nutrition Programs, MEFAP (Massachusetts Emergency Food Assistance Program), and the Greater Boston Food Bank.
Some of these programs have eligibility requirements, which can vary from year to year. PACH volunteers can help you determine whether you are eligible.
PACH also connects residents with public and private resources that can provide additional assistance – including SNAP (Supplementary Nutritional Assistance Program – aka Food Stamps), WIC (Women, Infants, and Children), the Salvation Army, local churches, and town departments.
Our volunteers can help navigate applications and other paperwork.
PACH is currently a designated TBD site for the SNAP program. Our trained volunteers will help you initiate the application process with the designated state agency.
Referrals are available on an as-needed basis – please contact the office for more information.
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides income-based assistance for heating costs. Assistance is available for all fuel sources, including electric, oil, gas, and firewood.
Trained PACH volunteers help clients with the application and documentation process. Applications are then submitted to the designated agency for approval.
NOTE: Fuel assistance funds are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. It is important to submit your application early in the heating season!
If you are applying for the first time, you should contact the PACH office as soon as possible during the heating season, which is the months of November through April, to make an appointment.
If you have received assistance in the previous year, LIHEAP will contact you directly for renewals.
PACH also has applications available for the Salvation Army Good Neighbor Energy Fund.
Who Qualifies for PACH Services?
Any resident of Pepperell qualifies for PACH Services. There are no income or other eligibility requirements. We serve seniors, veterans, families, and singles of all ages and from all walks of life. We realize that even those who have jobs may need assistance in difficult economic times. We strongly feel that no one should be hungry or cold.
You will be asked to provide proof of residence in Pepperell. Please contact the office to learn what documentation to bring on your first visit.
Some government funded programs have income or eligibility requirements.
PACH volunteers will help you determine whether you qualify for these programs.