Peterborough Area Community Aid


Peterborough Area Community Aid ("PACA") 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 Area Emergency Aid Program

Peterborough Area Emergency Aid is available to residents of all towns served by the Food Pantry.  It is meant for emergency situations typically not covered by town welfare; such as car repairs, medical co-pays, and some house related costs.  Our Board coordinator works with town welfare officers, community and family resource specialists, and other town agencies to determine the best way to help a family or individual in need.  We have a history of working with discretion and privacy on behalf of those who apply for emergency assistance. Turnaround time is quick once an application is submitted and all requirements are met.


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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.