Ginny White opened Ginny’s Helping Hands in Leominster in October of 1978. The Food Pantry began in 1980, and served between nine and eleven families daily. As the need grew, so did the pantry, and currently an average of 40-56 people use the service on a daily basis. These are not only single parent families, but also two parent families as well as our elderly who are unable to make ends meet.
In September of 2013 Ginny retired to warmer weather and we are carrying on her work. In addition to feeding the hungry, we also help to relocate victims who have been burned out of their apartments, provide fuel assistance to those in need and supply furniture, clothing and other necessities of life to those who need “A Hand up – Not A Hand Out” as Ginny liked to say. At Christmas and Thanksgiving, you will find us busiest, preparing food baskets for the hungry, and distributing clothing and toys to needy children.
This labor of love is able to continue through the generosity of individuals and businesses that help to keep the shop and pantry stocked with merchandise. Donations are always accepted and appreciated, and limited local pick-up is available by appointment.