PACH provides Pepperell residents in need with a caring, compassionate resource to meet their basic needs, including food, personal care items, and referrals to resources for additional assistance.
If you need food or support to get through a difficult time, or if you know someone who does, please call or email PACH Outreach.
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**Schedule Fuel Assistance Appointments Now**
PACH Outreach will schedule appointments with Fuel Assistance Counselors from November 4th through March to help Pepperell residents submit applications for financial help with heating fuel. See details here.
To schedule an appointment, Call PACH
and leave a message for the Fuel Assistance Coordinator to contact you with an appointment time and tell you what information you will need for the application.
News & Events
- AMAZING COMMUNITY SUPPORT FOR PACH HOLIDAY DINNERS MAKES THIS YEAR'S BASKETS THE BEST EVER!
PACH coordinators geared up throughout November to prepare over 110 holiday meal boxes with turkeys and all the trimmings for Pepperell families in need of help for Thanksgiving. Preparation has already begun for Christmas dinner boxes, and the Pepperell Community has come through in a BIG WAY with help and funding for these meals!
Among the generous contributors to this effort are Wilson Brothers Heating & AC, Cumberland Farms, Donelan's Market, Kimball Fruit Farm, North Middlesex Savings Bank, several of the town's churches, and hundreds of caring Pepperell residents. Pictured at right are Cumberland Farms employees Jenn & Anthony with the 110 loaves of bread the store donated. See the full story with more photos and a review of the huge contributions PACH has received on our news page.
- COMMUNITY FOOD DRIVES INVALUABLE IN STOCKING THE PACH PANTRY FOR WINTER!
Among several Food Drives held recently by community organizations for PACH, the young people of Pepperell 4-H are to be credited for collecting 648 pounds of food at Donelan's on Sunday, October 13. Thanks also go to the Squannacook Quilt Guild, Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church of Groton, Maple Dene & Moppet School, and Oak Meadow Montessori School for their food collection efforts. Varnum Brook Elementary School held their annual food drive during the middle weeks of November, delivering 45 boxes of canned and dry goods to the school prior to Thanksgiving break; and Nissitisset Middle School will conduct their annual drive during the first two weeks of December. A HUGE THANKS to all students and staff, group leaders, 4-H members, church members, and to all contributors to these drives. PACH couldn't serve the number of people we do without you!
- EAGLE SCOUT UPGRADES PACH OFFICE FURNISHINGS
17-year-old Boy Scout Max Barnaby of Littleton chose to help PACH Outreach with office and pantry upgrades for his Eagle Scout Project. With the help of his dad and younger brother Zac, he built a desk and refurbished a cabinet for the PACH office, he has repaired some of PACH's existing shelving, and he is developing an email list to publicize PACH needs and events to a wider community of supporters. THANK YOU, MAX! See the Pepperell Free Press article and photos about Max's project here.
- CUMBERLAND FARMS BEVERAGE FUNDRAISER AN UNPRECEDENTED SUCCESS!!
Cumberland Farms of Pepperell far exceeded their goal of collecting $1000 for PACH Outreach by donating 20 cents for each Chill Zone beverage or hot or iced coffee and tea purchased between September 19 and October 17. Total sales during the 30-day period yielded a donation check from Cumberland Farms to PACH of $2,571.80! See the full story on our news page.
- ROLAND NUTTER JOINS PACH OUTREACH BOARD of DIRECTORS
At their November 14th meeting, the PACH Board of Directors voted unanimously to appoint Roland Nutter as the sixth member of the board. A 14-year resident of Pepperell with 15 years of experience as a senior-level electronics and telecommunications product marketer, Roland brings strong professional marketing, management, and organizational skills to the board. He is enthusiastic about putting his skills to use in PACH Outreach's current endeavors to increase visibility in the community and expand services to Pepperell residents in need. PACH warmly welcomes Roland to the PACH community of volunteers.
Christmas Dinner Boxes Available Soon for PACH Residents in Need; Register between December 3rd & 17th!
Over 110 Pepperell families requested PACH Thanksgiving Dinners, which were distributed on Saturday, November 23. Thanks to the generosity of many local businesses, churches, families, and individual donors, PACH will also distribute Christmas dinners again this year. Seniors, families, and all Pepperell residents in need may register for Christmas Dinner Boxes beginning December 3, with December 17 the deadline for registration. Christmas meals will be available for pick-up on Saturday, December 21, from 12-2 p.m.
Thursday Evening Office Person for 5-7 p.m. pantry session on the Third Thursday of each month: You would open the pantry about fifteen minutes before the session, check in clients as they arrive, and close up afterwards. Office Manager Joan Ux will train you. Call or email PACH to volunteer.
Fundraising Committee Members: PACH is growing enough to need a couple regular fundraisers each year to maintain our treasury at a level commensurate with the growing demand for services. We would like to establish a committee devoted to fundraising, which would plan and coordinate one or two fundraisers each year. See our Volunteer page for details.
A seventh member for the PACH Board of Directors: PACH is currently working on initiatives to establish a fundraising program, expand communications throughout the community, and establish a comprehensive online client resource. A volunteer with skills and interests that contribute to these initiatives will be welcomed. Board meetings are held monthly on Thursday evenings in the History Room at the Lawrence Library. Anyone from the community is welcome to attend meetings to learn more about PACH's current projects and services. If you are interested in joining the board or learning more about how you can help, please contact PACH and ask to speak with Board Chairman Mary Feeley.
Our Volunteer Coordinator would also like to expand our email list of people willing to help periodically with food drives, special events, and fundraisers. If you would like to help PACH but don't have time to take on a regular volunteer position,
please call or email PACH to add your name to our email list so we can notify you of one-shot volunteer opportunities that you may be able to fill.
Our sincere thanks to the following businesses, organizations, and individuals for your recent or ongoing contributions or assistance:
- 4-H Club of Pepperell
- Clara Couture
- Community Church of Pepperell
- Cumberland Farms Managers & Staff
- Donelan's Supermarket
- Ellen Castellano
- Hannafords of Townsend
- Judy Duggan
- Kimball Fruit Farm
- Linda & Jim Friend
- Lisa Ferolito
- Lisa Martel
- Loaves & Fishes GBFB Delivery Team
- Maple Dene & Moppet School
- Mark Whittaker
- Max Barnaby
- Merrimack Valley Food Bank
- Nissitisset Middle School Staff & Students
- North Middlesex Savings Bank
- North Middlesex Regional High School Gardeners
- NMRHS Honor Society
- NMRHS NOLA Service Group
- NMRHS Student Advisor Ray Kane
- NMRSD School Superintendent Joan Landers
- NMRSD Head Custodian Oscar Hills
- Oak Meadow Montessori School
- Our Lady of Grace Church
- The PACH Fuel Assistance Team
- Pepperell Christian Fellowship
- Roland Nutter
- Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church of Groton
- Squannacook Quilt Guild
- Thanksgiving Dinner Basket Assembly & Distribution Volunteers
- The Potato Man
- Tony Beattie
- Trader Joe's of Nashua
- Tyler Ferolito
- United Methodist Church of Pepperell
- Varnum Brook Elementary School Staff & Students
- Verdell Roberts
- Wilson Brothers Heating & Air Conditioning