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Packing Food in Boxes

Volunteer Power

It takes over 50 volunteers to manage the day-to-day operations of CFM.
We are so grateful for local church and community volunteers!

Our Operations

Each family receives a 5-day supply of food per visit for each member of the family regardless of family size and clients are eligible to receive food every 30 days.

  • ~16,000 individuals served in 2023

  • The number of handicapped individuals served has tripled since 1998 

  • The majority of families/individuals come from the City of Lowell, but we also have clients from Dracut, Billerica, Chelmsford, and Tewksbury (15 communities in all) 

  • Volunteers work over a combined 10,000 hours per year to run the food pantry 

  • Over 400,000 pounds of food as well as thousands of pieces of clothing, coats, personal care products, and household items are distributed annually.


Central Food Ministry, Inc. was established in 1994 through the joint effort of a group of Lowell businessmen and The Lutheran Church of The Savior (LCS). LCS is an established Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod congregation in Bedford, Massachusetts.


Members of LCS were searching for a hands-on social ministry opportunity. They became aware of a pantry in Lowell on the verge of closing. Together with several local businessmen; a new non-profit corporation was formed under the name of Central Food Ministry, Inc. (CFM).



The charter of CFM is to provide food, clothing, and hope to the economically distressed in Lowell and surrounding communities in Middlesex county. 

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Board of Trustees

Members of our Board of Trustees serve renewable three year terms. They are volunteers from local churches and the community who use their professional experience to oversee the operations of Central Food Ministry.



Vice President



Timothy Nadler

Doug Stevenson

Karen Hergert

Jennifer Johnson

Board Members

Angel Colon

Carolyn Cook

Al Drehman

Louise Roberge

Peggy Wang

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