En Ka Pantry

En Ka Pantry, 1037 Main St.

WINCHESTER - August 2021 marked the 1-year anniversary of the En Ka Pantry, which operates in the same location residents know as the En Ka Exchange, at 1037 Main St. En Ka Pantry helps an average of 100 town residents each month, distributing everything from typical non-perishable foods such as soup and rice to laundry detergent, shampoo, and other personal care items. In August and September, the pantry also helps with back-to-school supplies, socks, and other necessities.

Around the holidays, En Ka Pantry likes to do something a bit special for the clients they serve, by providing all the fixings for a holiday meal.

“We are extremely grateful to have strong support from the Winchester community as we aim to brighten the season for our neighbors in need,” said En Ka Society president Kate Carpini.

The pantry depends on donations, and the Winchester community has proven to be enormously generous. A sustaining grant from Cummings Foundation helped jump-start the program and continues to provide crucial financial support. A partnership with Wright-Locke Farm has allowed for the recent offering of seasonal organic produce at the pantry.

The farm is also offering holiday cookie baking classes for pantry families in December. Community groups such as the Winchester Cultural District have coordinated food drives at their events. As part of their 150th Anniversary Celebration activities, Winchester Savings Bank staff filled and

decorated fun “back-to-school” snack bags for pantry families in addition to their generous

financial donation to En Ka.

Carpini pointed out “The pantry is still quite new, and we invite residents, organizations, and businesses to share their ideas and help us to solidify the pantry’s presence in Winchester.”

Also of critical importance to the pantry are the donations received from individuals, and the inventory supplied through food drives. Local schools, student organizations, and sports teams have contributed significantly. For example, a “Friday Night Lights Food Drive” was recently held during a Winchester High School football game. Student pie sales by the Ambrose Elementary fifth grade class and the WHS Student Council will result in Thanksgiving pies for all pantry clients.

Carpini added, “We welcome your participation in this community effort and look forward to working together this holiday season and during the year ahead.”

If you would like to help, consider shopping for a few extra items and dropping them into the big blue donation bin on the porch at 1037 Main St.

Individuals in need may schedule a visit at enkapantry@gmail.com or 781-369-5844.

WISH LIST

We accept all non-perishable food within date. Listed are some suggested foods but any

donation is appreciated!

Beans

Canned Meat (stew, Spam, chili, etc.)

Canned Vegetables

Cereal (hot and cold)

Condiments

Dessert Mixes, Jell-O, Pudding

Fruits (Canned)

Juice

Pasta & Sauce

Peanut Butter & Jelly

Personal Care Products/Paper Products

Shelf Stable Milk (non-powdered)

Rice/Rice Mixes

Soup (Condensed & Ready to Serve)

Snacks (cookies, crackers, etc.)

Sugar-free, Low-sodium & Fat-free Foods

Tuna

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.