Peterborough Human Services Fund


The Peterborough Human Services Fund (PHSF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded by James Lenane in 1996 to provide emergency food and financial assistance to people in the Greater Peterborough region.   It is the umbrella organization for our three primary programs and is managed entirely by a volunteer Board of Directors with the aid of community volunteers.

Though independent from the town of Peterborough we operate out of the Peterborough Community Center at 25 Elm Street and are grateful to the town for providing us with this space.  

Peterborough Food Pantry

This is our biggest program providing food for approximately 300 families per month who come to us from 13 neighboring towns: Antrium, Bennington, Dublin, Francestown, Greenfield, Greenville, Hancock, Jaffrey, New Ipswich, Peterborough, Rindge, Sharon, and Temple. Our clients are the elderly, Veterans, the disabled, children and working families who just can’t make ends meet. We also share food with community suppers, after school programs and other pantries in the area. Click the button below to go to the FOOD PANTRY page for details

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Peterborough Resident Emergency Aid Program

The Peterborough Resident Emergency Aid Program provides emergency financial assistance to Peterborough residents who need help paying for essential services or repairs. We have a history of working with discretion and privacy on behalf of those who apply for emergency assistance. Our Board coordinator works with the town welfare officer, community and family resource specialists, and other Peterborough agencies to determine the best way to help a family or individual in need. Some examples of the types of assistance we provide are outstanding utility bills, medical co-pays, dental emergencies, car repairs and rent.

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Hungry Students Healthy Snack Program

The Hungry Students Healthy Snack Program operates in collaboration with All Saints Church to supply healthy snacks and emergency food to social workers, nurses, and teachers in the ConVal school district. This “in school” snack program has been able to meet an increasing need by the schools and dovetails with the End 68 Hours of Hunger weekend and vacation program. Our volunteer coordinator works closely with All Saints and area schools to determine need and deliver food directly to each school. Boxes of raisins, applesauce cups, granola bars, and other healthy snacks help kids focus during the day and support the important work of our public schools.