How can you support the pantry?
A donation of food will directly feed people in
Holliston, often that very day. The Pantry relies entirely on private donations and receives no
municipal, state, or federal support.
Volunteering allows the Pantry to keep operating on a day-to-day basis. A monetary donation goes fully towards
supporting the Pantry's mission. Please click here
to make a financial donation.
Spring is a busy time of year at the Holliston Pantry Shelf and there are many ways to support the Pantry even
without working a shift! Space is very tight at the facility at 23 Water Street, and sometimes having too many
people there can be counter-productive. Volunteers can spend more time getting out of each other's way than being
able to get any work done! So here are some guidelines with more ways to help out, without working a shift:
Pantry Donation Guidelines
: At this time of year, the Pantry is fortunate to receive a large number of donations
through town collections and fundraisers. Here are a few guidelines to keep in mind when collecting for the Pantry:
• First, please let us know about any collection ahead of time, whether it is a donation of goods or a monetary fundraiser.
This way, Pantry staff can know what to expect and will be able to answer any questions when we are asked about an event an outside group may be organizing to benefit the Pantry. The Pantry web site will post these events on a calendar, which will also help to avoid having too many collections for the Pantry at a particular event. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to notify us of your plans.
• Space is very limited at the Pantry, so please use the email address above to coordinate a time for a pick-up or a delivery of donated goods when there is room and appropriate staffing.
• To save our volunteers some time, please check all expiration dates on items collected and discard those that have expired.
Organize a neighborhood collection
: It's easy for students and other people in the community to organize a neighborhood Donation Day. Just go to the Pantry web site at www.hollistonpantryshelf.org for a list of current needs. Make up a flyer for your neighbors and let them know when and what you will be collecting. Use the guidelines above to contact a member of the Pantry Shelf to coordinate a drop-off or pick-up. A garage sale or a bake sale to benefit the Pantry is a great way to help out, too.
: Spring cleaning is the perfect opportunity to fill up Planet Aid recycling bins at two Holliston
locations to help the Holliston Pantry Shelf. Planet Aid donates a portion of the proceeds from the box at
Holliston Oil at 286 Woodland Street across from the Placentino and Miller Schools, and the box in the parking lot
next to 23 Water Street. Items donated are resold and recycled by Planet Aid “to reduce waste in local landfills”
with the end goal of "zero waste". As a result, a quarterly donation of "pennies per pound" is made to the Holliston
Pantry Shelf. For any students looking for ways to help the Pantry, collecting donations for the bins would be a
great idea. Items that are accepted by Planet Aid are: clothing, shoes, belts, handbags, beddings, curtains, DVDs,
CDs and small toys and stuffed animals under 3 lbs. Household items and furniture are not accepted and all donations
should be secured in plastic bags. All donations are tax deductible. Also, business owners who would like to use
any extra space on their property to benefit the Pantry Shelf could arrange to have a Planet Aid bin delivered and
maintained at no charge. Please email email@example.com for more information.