Sustaining gifts help Island Food Pantry year-round

A volunteer sorts donations to the Island Food Pantry. Courtesy Nancy Tutko.

The winter months on Martha’s Vineyard can be a particularly vulnerable time for many Island residents. As job opportunities diminish and heating bills rise, the challenges of obtaining affordable, healthy food also increase.

Last year the Island Food Pantry, a nonprofit organization founded in 1981, began operating year-round and helped 415 households and 850 Islanders put healthy, fresh food on their tables. Located at the Christ United Methodist Church in Vineyard Haven (“the stone church”), the Food Pantry actively works to ensure that food is always available to those in need.

The Island Food Pantry offers an easy, affordable way to support its programs throughout the year with a monthly sustaining financial contribution. Each donation will help ensure that the Food Pantry’s shelves are stocked not just over the holidays, but all year round. A sustaining gift means food on the table for families in the community — every day, every week, in-season or off-season.

The slower pace of wintertime on Martha’s Vineyard offers the opportunity for the Island’s sense of community and interconnectedness to shine. This holiday season, consider making a sustaining donation on behalf of family members, loved ones, and friends. For more information, visit the Island Food Pantry’s website,