Who We Are

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For over 30 years Neighbors In Need has fed the poor & hungry in Lawrence without question or means testing. Our mission is to fulfill the needs of our clients with respect and dignity. All food, formula, diapers, clothing and household items are provided free of charge to those who request them. Neighbors In Need serves at-risk families and youth in Greater Lawrence by providing food, diapers, formula, clothing and other necessities. We work with our clients to be sure that they are accessing appropriate services including food stamps and WIC, make referrals when appropriate and counsel families as they strive to become self-sufficient. Since its founding in 1983, Neighbors In Need has been a community organization relying heavily on area schools, churches and organizations for support. Neighbors in Need is concerned about the consequences of poverty and poor nutrition on the families that we serve. Access to good, healthy, affordable food is a serious public health issue in Lawrence--the incidence of obesity, diabetes, and premature cardiovascular disease are twice the state average. These significant health disparities are rooted in long-standing economic conditions in the area. We address these challenges every day by providing healthy food to over 600 families a week at our Food Pantries strategically located in the neighborhoods of Lawrence and Methuen. Last Summer Neighbors in Need distributed over 75,334 pounds of fresh locally grown produce to hungry families at our 11 Food Pantries in Greater Lawrence.

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