Community Outreach Programs
Numerous organizations in the Greater Gardner Area (GGA) offer various types of assistance to individuals and families in need, including food and financial assistance, veterans, home healthcare and pregnancy services and resources. These are not programs offered by Bethany, with one exception, but we provide this information in one location on our website as a service to local community members. We also provide food gift cards on a one-time basis to community members with an emergency need.
Food Assistance Organizations
Bethany Baptist Church
Bethany Baptist Church offers food gift cards to the local TOPS grocery store for local residents who need this type of short-term, immediate assistance. Typically we can only provide this benefit once per family. A short phone or in-person interview is required before cards will be dispensed. The cards can only be used for food or gas. (978) 632-5097
Community Action Centers (CACs)
Gardner Community Action Center (CAC)
294 Pleasant St. Gardner, MA 01440
Office Hours: M–TH 8:30–4:30, FRI 8:30–4:00
Food Pantry Hours: M–FRI 9–12
Services: Food distribution, emergency funding, Norther Worcester County (NWC) Help Connection, medical transportation program, fellowship table program at the United Methodist Church in Gardner every Thursday at 5:00 p.m., holiday programs, clothing closet, fuel assistance program, book program for childen, children’s summer camp tuition assistance, food stamp applications, Mass Health applications.
Athol Community Action Center (CAC)
423 Main St.
Athol MA 01331
Orange Community Action Center (CAC)
168 Athol Rd.
Orange MA 01364
34 N Main St
Orange MA 01364
Winchendon Community Action Center (CAC)
273 Central St.
Winchendon MA 01475
Food Pantry Hours: M–FRI -11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Project Bread Food Source Hotline
145 Border Street
East Boston, MA 02128
Hotline: 1-800-645-8333 for local resources.
Project Bread is the leading anti-hunger organization in Massachusetts, and is dedicated to alleviating, preventing, and ultimately ending hunger in Massachusetts. Project Bread’s toll-free FoodSource Hotline® is the only comprehensive statewide information and referral service in Massachusetts for people struggling to put food on the table. Learn more at www.projectbread.org.
Services: Free and low-cost food resources, including food stamps, summer meal sites, school breakfast and lunch, emergency food programs and other low-cost food resources.
Holiday Meals Programs
For seniors or those unable to leave their homes who might be spending Thanksgiving or Christmas alone, there are some local resources available for meals:
Gardner Senior Center
The Gardner Senior Center hosts a dinner on Thanksgiving morning at the Gardner Elks Club. A reservation is needed for by the preceding Thursday: (978) 630-4067. The Elks Club address is 31 Park St, Gardner, MA 01440. $3 charge, home delivery is available for those unable to leave their home.
The Gardner Senior Center holds a Christmas morning dinner at the Gardner American Legion, 22 Elm St, Gardner, MA 01440. Reservation is needed through the Sr. Center, 978) 630-4067.
Gardner Lions Club
Each Christmas day, Lions Club members join the Gardner Leo Club and the Gardner Council on Aging to sponsor a Christmas Dinner for our senior citizens and those less fortunate. Dinners are served at the American Legion, and delivered to those unable to leave their home. (978) 410-9220 to reserve a seat. 184 Pearson Blvd, Gardner, MA 01440 .
Montachusett Veterans Outreach Center
268 Central Street, Suite A, Gardner MA 01440
Hours: Mon to Fri 9 am – 5 pm
Services: Veterans’ benefits resource assistance, transitional and low-income housing alternatives, food pantry, drop-in center, counseling services, medical transportation, outreach, job training.
Montachussett Opportunity Council, Inc. (MOC)
133 Prichard St., Fitchburg, MA 01420
Hours: Call for hours when open.
MOC is the designated community action agency for 30 communities in the North Central region of Massachusetts. This office serves the following communities: Ashburnham, Athol, Berlin, Bolton, Clinton, Fitchburg, Gardner, Lancaster, Leominster, Phillipston, Royalston, Sterling, Templeton, Westminster, and Winchendon. MOC delivers a variety of services including child care, education, workforce development, nutrition, health, community services, asset development, energy conservation and housing & homelessness services. MOC carries out those services through three main divisions: Child Care & Head Start; Nutrition & Wellness and Housing & Community Services.
Home Healthcare Services
Gardner Visiting Nurses Association (GVNA)
34 Pearly Lane
Gardner MA 01440
(978) 632-1230 or 1-800-382-7305
GVNA HealthCare, Inc., is a not-for-profit home healthcare agency dedicated to providing quality care to the community, regardless of their ability to pay. We believe that ALL people have the right to the best healthcare possible, whatever their circumstances, and that they deserve to receive that care in the comfort and security of their homes whenever possible.
Services: Homecare Services; Hospice; Adult Day Health Services; Private Duty Services; Healthy Families; Home Assisted Living; Lifeline and Medication Management Systems; Telehealth; Public Health Services; Food Pantry; Support Groups.
Montachusett Home Care
680 Mechanic St.
Leominster MA 01453
(978) 537-7411 or 1-800-734-7312
Services: MHC is a not-for-profit home healthcare agency offers that a variety of caregiver and support services for elderly and disabled participants, regardless of their ability to pay. Services fall into three categories:
- Home Care Services: A variety of in-home services such as homemaking, personal care assistance, adult day programs, meals on wheels, etc, are used to help elders remain safely at home. Income level determines whether the services are free, partially subsidized, or available at full cost.
- Caregiver Support: Designed to assist caregivers throughout North Central Massachusetts. This program provides support that will make a difference in successful care at home. A Caregiver Specialist is available to provide assistance to caregivers including scholarships for respite, a support group, referrals for services, counseling and printed resources.
- Adult Family Care: Matches elders and disabled adults 16 years of age and older with host families who provide a family-like environment, daily meals, and assistance with or supervision of daily personal care. Family members (except spouses) can be paid caregivers.
CareNet Pregnancy Resource Center of North Central Massachusetts, Inc.
515 Main Street, Suite #1000
Fitchburg, MA 01420
Hours: Mon – Fri 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
357 Shrewsbury St., PO Box 534
Worcester, MA 01613
Problem Pregnancy of Worcester, Inc.
95 Pleasant St.
Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 507-8378 or 1-888-310-7217