Murray UU Church
Food Pantry

Murray-Unitarian-Universalist Church
-North Main St, Attleboro, MA 02703
 Phone: 508-222-0505
Email:   map/directions



Page Directory


Hours of Operation


Our Mission



Who We Help


Cooking Matters!


Food Resources


The Problem of Hunger


How You Can Help


Financial Support


Our Volunteers


 Thanksgiving Basket Drive


Food Pantry Supporters



We are an all-volunteer run outreach program of Murray Unitarian Universalist Church. This service is provided by the generosity of Murray Church members &  friends in the greater Attleboro community. We are open for grocery bag distribution two days a week on Mondays & Thursdays from 9:30 to 11:30AM (see details below). Our volunteers work to ensure that bags of food are readily available for people to come and pick up.  In addition to distributing bags of food, we provide information to our recipients about about area food resources to assist them in achieving self-sufficiency.

Pantry Entrance is located on the RIGHT side of the building.
Please look for the signs!

Click here for directions to the Pantry

Public Transportation to the Pantry



Food Pantry Hours of Operation

The Murray Food Pantry is open year round on Mondays and Thursdays from 9:30AM to 11:30AM, Our doors open at 9AM. The Food Pantry entrance is located on the right side of the building, look for the signs. The pantry is closed on these major holidays: New Years Day; Memorial Day; Independence Day; Thanksgiving Day; Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and whenever the City of Attleboro public schools are closed due to inclement weather.



Our Mission Statement
The Murray Church Food Pantry is a committee of volunteers dedicated to assisting those in financial need with food assistance to supplement their food shopping. To that end, the pantry offers one bag of groceries and more per week, per family. We provide groceries that have the highest nutritional value available. We also provide fresh fruits and vegetables all year lond. We gladly accept assistance from public and private aid agencies as well as from members of Murray Church and the greater Attleboro community. We work in accordance with federal, state and local guidelines for food pantries.



Who We Help - Qualification Requirements
Our food pantry is open any household in the Greater Attleboro area that participates in one of the following means tested government assistance programs*:

  • Food Stamps / SNAP
  • Aid for Familes with Dependent Children (AFDC)
  • Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Program (WIC)
  • Welfare
  • Medicaid
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

In accordance with the federal and state guidelines, our requirements are as follows:

First Time Visitors - must provide proof of residence such as a driver's license or a utility, telephone or cable bill that shows your current address.

Returning Clients - For each subsequent visit, clients are required to sign in and provide the following information:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Number of people residing in their household
  • Ethnicity
  • Declaration of Eligibility either by a means-tested program that makes them eligible for TEFAP (see above list ) or by declaring that their income is at or below TEFAP Income Eligibility Guideline thresholds
  • Signature. By providing their signature, the recipients are verifying that they are currently receiving one of the benefits mentioned above.

* Per US Dept of Agriculture (USDA), The Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) and Mass. Emergency Food Assistance Program (MEFAP)



Cooking Matters!

There is a great resouce available for Massachusetts residents, Cooking Matters Massachusetts. This program, run nationally by Share Our Strength helps families to shop for and cook healthy meals on a budget. They also offer free six-week cooking courses and interactive grocery store tours, empowering families to stretch their limited food budgets. Courses and tours are held throughout the state. Please visit their website for more information.



Food & Assistance Resources
The Murray Food Pantry has compiled a comprehensive listing of local and regional food assistance resources that we update regularly. These resources are also available to download in pdf format. Please click here to visit our Food Resources page!



Hunger Hits Hard in Massachusetts

Project Bread’s Status Report on Hunger in Massachusetts

In Massachusetts, 9.6 percent of households or roughly one in ten households experiences worry about whether there will be enough to eat, those people are not evently distributed in our cities and towns. In some communities in MAssachusetts, seven in 10 households are living in poverty. Many of us would think that this statistic could only describe life in states that we consider "poor"—not our Commonwealth.

The working poor are often the hardest hit: the low-wage hourly workers who perform critically important tasks like caring for our elders, young children, and disabled adults are often food insecure; they can't rely on an annual cost of living adjustment, and their hours can be cut without notice.




How You Can Help
food-pantry-needs.gifAs many of you know there is much need in the area for food. Some children in Attleboro and surrounding communities go to bed hungry most nights. Murray Unitarian Universalist Church is a part of the food distribution system for the Greater Boston Food Bank. We have volunteers that pick up, sort and distribute food to our food pantry visitors.

To supplement the food we receive from the food bank and other sources, we can always use hearty soups, canned tuna fish, peanut butter, mac-n-cheese, pasta, pasta sauce (in a plastic jar), rice, cereal, beans fruit juices and juice boxes, shelf stable milk (e.g. Natrel, Parmalat) and dry milk.

We will also accept donations of baby food, fresh fruit and vegetables and personal care items like toilet paper, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, cream, lotions, diapers for adults and children and feminine hygiene products.

Product Dating--Food donations received throughout the year are always appreciated. Our pantry follows strict USDA requirements in regards to food distribution:

  • Canned foods MUST NOT exceed 12 months past the date stamped on the can.
  • Packaged foods MUST NOT exceed 6 months past the date on the product.
  • All baby food MUST be current and in date, no exceptions.

Donations can be left in the the box in front of the Food Pantry Room , in the basket in the front foyer of the church near the Sanctuary or you may also contact the church office to arrange a delivery date and time.



Your Financial Support
Although we do receive some financial support through local grants, as a totally volunteer food pantry we rely on the generousity of our members and friends in the Greater Attleboro community to keep our food pantry running.

Monetary contributions are gratefully accepted. These contributions are added to the food pantry account and used to purchase food at very low prices from the Greater Boston Food Bank and at sale prices from local supermarkets.  Checks can be made out to "Murray Church" with the words "food pantry donation" on the memo line and placed in the collection plate or dropped off or mailed to the Church Office.  Donations to the food pantry can be claimed as a charitable contributions for income tax reporting purposes.



Our Volunteers

Here are some of our food pantry volunteers: (front) Barbara Clark, Sandy Stuart, Sue Kline, (rear) Bruce Field, Bill Jones

Many people in our local community depend on the food we provide through the Food Pantry at Murray Church. We are able to provide this service due to a dedicated group of volunteers who help keep the operation running smoothly. Twice a month, our volunteers order food through the Greater Boston Food Bank, pick up the food delivery in Bridgewater and deliver it to the church. Due to their dedication, the food pantry is open two days a week, on Mondays and Thursdays, all year round.

We thank them and the community for their continued support!



Thanksgiving Basket Drive

Pictured are some volunteers who helped with the Thanksgiving Basket Drive:
Maddie, Lori, Barbi, Thom & Denise.

With the help of our congregation, the local food bank and Personal Best Charity, we've been able to put together generous baskets with turkeys and all the trimmings, including a selection of fresh vegetables and fruits. We thank each and everyone who contribute in some way to these successful endeavors including those who donate food, baskets, financial contributions or their time to make these events a great success.   

Through these efforts, we are able to distribute Thanksgiving baskets to several appreciative individuals and families from our local community. 



Food Pantry Supporters - Thank You!
We would like to thank the following businesses, organizations, and individuals for their contributions to the Murray Food Pantry:

  • Ann Sears, Professor of Music at Wheaton College
  • Arbor-Fuller Hospital Employees
  • Attleboro Cultural Council
  • Attleboro City Employees
  • Attleboro Elks Lodge
  • Bank of America
  • Brennan Middle School - Attleboro
  • Champions Extended Learning Program @ JC Solomonese School - Norton
  • Divas With a Twist
  • Foresight Personal Financial Planning, LLC
  • Friends of the Murray Food Pantry
  • Greater Boston Food Bank
  • Honey Dew Associates, Inc.
  • In Memory of Tim Sullivan, founder of Schools Fight Hunger
  • Life Care Center of Attleboro
  • Martin Pines Neighborhood Association
  • Mansfield High School, Science Teacher Deborah Fournier and her students
  • Milton Chiropractic/Bay State Physical Therapy
  • Murray UU Church Congregation
  • Nikki Lake, Champion's Program, Plainville, MA
  • Ocean Spray Cranberries
  • Personal Best Karate
  • Pondville Correctional Center
  • PriceRite - Seekonk
  • Rehoboth Food Pantry
  • Rhode Island Wind Ensemble
  • Seabra Supermarket - Attleboro
  • Shaw's Supermerket - North Attleboro
  • Studley Elementary -  Attleboro
  • Stop & Shop - Attleboro
  • St. Vincent de Paul Society
  • Whole Foods Markets

Many thanks for all of your help and support!