How can you support the pantry?

How can kids help? : Click here to discover opportunities for kids to help out 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 73 Charles 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 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 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.

Planet Aid : 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. 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 for more information.


Grocery Items

If you wish to contribute food items, you may drop them off in the black bin located to the left of Pantry's entrance or bring them by during the operating hours (Monday-Friday 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. and on Monday and Wednesday nights from 4 P.M. to 7:30 P.M). All items are welcome. Since the Pantry owns refrigerators and freezers, it accepts perishables.

We are always in need of the following items: Toilet Tissue, Paper Towels, Pasta Sauce, Canned Chicken, Canned Tuna and Canned Pasta.

Monetary Donations

Monetary donations are also welcome. You can drop them off at the Pantry or mail them to our P. O. Box 6662, Holliston, MA 01746.

You can also donate online via the link below.
Now accepting PayPal!

Become a Volunteer

Another way to donate to the Pantry is to give your time. You can volunteer for the Pantry in several ways; volunteer for weekly shifts during our hours of operation, become a member of the Food Crew, be a driver to pick up groceries or be a Pantry Pal. Pantry Pals is our group of volunteers who assist us during one-time activities or special events such as the Souper Bowl. Please call or stop by the Pantry and ask for an informational pamphlet if you are interested in helping us. Alternatively, send an email to the address at the top of this page. Please refer to the section above for the best ways to volunteer your time to the pantry as of today. We require a mandatory training session for all volunteers, and ask for a minimum of a bi-weekly shift commitment for at least one year. Unfortunately we cannot accommodate individuals or groups who are seeking to volunteer for one day or over school breaks due to our training requirements. We appreciate your support.