Carty Cupboard Food Pantry

Monday 6:00 – 7:00 pm  (last Monday of the month only)
Wednesdays 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Fridays 10:00 am – 12 noon

Please refer to our calendar for actual dates that we are open/closed.

Open to any resident of Worcester County

Carty Cupboard Food Pantry provides a three-day food supplement for hungry individuals and families who find themselves in need, regardless of age, gender, race, nationality, religious affiliation or personal circumstance. Cupboard visitors are kept confidential in a computer database, and are allowed to pick up food once each month.

Food Selection

Food for Carty Cupboard has been chosen to be nutritionally balanced and easy to prepare and serve. Food bags are packed to accommodate the needs of households with one person and families with four or more people.

Essential food items:

  • spaghetti and sauce
  • ready-to-eat soups
  • tuna fish
  • peanut butter and jelly
  • cereal
  • rice
  • canned vegetables
  • canned fruit

Assorted baby items are available for Cupboard visitors with young infants.

Providing the Pantry

Many tons of food for Carty Cupboard are collected and purchased from donors and local providers of low-cost food. In addition to support from Wesley United Methodist Church, Carty Cupboard receives donations of food from the congregations of Epworth United Methodist Church, First Congregational Church of Worcester, First Unitarian Church of Worcester, Park Congregational Church of Worcester, Trinity Lutheran Church, and United Congregational Church of Worcester.  Volunteers make weekly pick-ups of food from the Worcester County Food Bank and Price Chopper, Shrewsbury.

More than twenty-five volunteers work to distribute food 52 weeks a year. The many tasks associated with the weekly operation of the Cupboard include picking up, sorting and packing food; helping set up and distribute bags of food; and working on the computer.

Deaconess Bessie Carty

Deaconess Bessie Carty

Carty Cupboard is named in memory of Deaconess Bessie Carty, a beloved woman of Wesley Church. Deaconess Carty spent 50 years of her life, between 1905 and the time of her retirement in 1955, providing faithful and compassionate Christian service to her church and local community by helping to uplift and give comfort to people who fell on hard times. Her years of service spanned two World Wars and a nationwide economic depression. She was concerned about helping people in many different ways, but was most particularly passionate with insuring people were not hungry.

Today, the focus of Deaconess Carty’s legacy is very simple and direct: Carty Cupboard helps to feed hungry people.

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