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Our Mission

Our mission is to respectfully serve our neighbors experiencing food insecurity
by distributing healthy food, locally sourced whenever feasible.
In doing so, we strengthen our community.

Our Vision

The People’s Pantry aims to create an environment,
in collaboration with individuals and other organizations in our community,
which supports the building of healthy lives for individuals and families.

Our Work

The People’s Pantry of Great Barrington was founded in 1999 in response to

an increasing need for access to healthy food by South Berkshire County residents

experiencing food insecurity.

We have always been open to all community residents.

There are no income guidelines and shoppers are welcome to visit once a week. 

The People’s Pantry is primarily run by volunteers from the community

and is supported with food collection and financial donations

from local organizations and individuals.

The Pantry provides our shoppers with fresh fruits and vegetables, frozen meats and fish,

baked goods, milk and cheese.  We also offer a wide selection of foods including shelf stable items

such as pasta, rice, and cereal, canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, tuna fish and toiletries.

The Pantry provides locally sourced food as often as possible and is 

a member agency of The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts,

which supplies us with shelf-stable and frozen foods.


Community donations make up a substantial part of our inventory.

To learn more about hunger in the United States

visit Feeding America’s website

Our Board

President - Beth Moser,  

Vice President - Laura Gratz

VP Operations - Anne Hutchinson

Secretary -  George Raymond

Treasurer -Ellen Heffan

Members - Silke Aisenbrey, 

John Cheek, Louise Feldman, 

Devorah Sawyer, Carrie Thayer

Carol Purcell, Director Emeritus

Non-discrimination & 
Equal Employment Policy:


It is the policy of The People’s Pantry to ensure equal employment opportunities,

volunteer opportunities, and client services, without discrimination or harassment

on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression,

age, disability, marital status, citizenship, national origin, genetic information,

or any other characteristic.

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