Food Pantry News

September 2023

Back to School Program to Finish

The Back to School program is almost finished. If you feel you still need support with back-to-school supplies, please call the office at 781 444 2415 and speak to a staff member.

All gift cards must be picked up by September 15.

Fall Office Hours

The Council will return to regular business hours on September 5th.

Please make note of other days when the office, thrift store, or food pantry will be closed this month:

Thrift Shop Closed

Sept 2 - Labor Day Weekend

All Council Closed

Sept 4 – Labor Day

Thrift Shop Closed

Sept 16 - Rosh Hashanah

Thrift Shop & Food Pantry Closed

Sept 25 - Yom Kippur

Fall Classes

There are many opportunities to learn more about your Tablet.

Participants can attend group sessions at the Center at the Heights, or

make arrangements to work one-on-one with a volunteer tutor.

Please refer to the schedule on the website for class topics, dates, and times. 

To reserve a seat in an upcoming class, please email Stacey or call

781-444-2415, ext. 2120.

Tablet Class Schedules


Financial Wellness Class Starts in October

A series of classes on financial wellness will begin on Wednesday, October 18th. These classes will be an introduction to budgeting, banking, and more to help your family and will be led by Needham High School teacher Adam Cole. Classes will run for 4-5 consecutive weeks.

Wednesdays beginning October 18th at 6pm

Council offices - 570 Hillside Ave, Needham

Participants will receive a gift card to a local business

Fill out class form HERE

Many ELL Classes Start in September

Looking for the next session of Beginner ELL Classes, advanced beginner conversation groups, or a Citizenship class? See below:

Beginner Class:

Starts September 11, 2023, for 13 weeks

Citizenship Class:

Starts September 30, 2023

For all fall ELL classes click below for the full listing and to register:

Fall ELL Classes

 MassReconnect: Free Community College for Adults 25+

MassReconnect was approved in the Massachusetts budget and funds FREE community college for adults 25 and older who do not already have a college degree. Funds will be available to eligible students beginning in the Fall semester, 2023.

Massachusetts residents 25 years of age or older can take advantage of this opportunity to earn an associate degree or certificate for free at any of the state's 15 public community colleges. 

Learn more and Enroll

Thank you for Reading!

Enter to Win a Gift Card Here

We are excited to have you reading the newsletter and want to reward you with a gift card! Continue to read and enter to win. Each month 10 lucky customers will win a gift card to a local business.

Winners will be notified via email around the 10th of the month.

Plan Your Next Food Pantry Visit


The Food Pantry will be OPEN one (1) Saturday in September:

Saturday, September 9th

The Food Pantry will be closed on September 4th and September 25th 

New spots become available typically on the 3rd Friday of the month. Please sign up early for best selection.

Sign Up Here

September Recipes

Apple Crumble Mini Pies



·      1.5 cups oats, ground into flour

·      5 Tbsp coconut oil, melted or oil

·      1 Tbsp honey

·      Additionally for the crust only: 5 Tbsp water



·      2 sweet red apples, peeled and chopped small, about 1,5 cups

·      1 Tbsp coconut oil or oil

·      1 tsp cinnamon


·      6 walnuts, chopped coarsely + rest of the crust


·      yogurt or whipped coconut cream if vegan


1.    In your food processor combine all ingredients for the crust aside from water – ground oats, coconut oil and honey and pulse until crumbly.

2.      Take 2 Tbps of the crumble and set aside in a bowl for the topping later. Add water 1 tbsp at a time to the rest of the mixture in your food processor. Then pulse again. The crumble should become a little less crumbly and should be able to stick together, but still crumble a little.

3.      Line a muffin tin with 9 muffin baking cups. You’ll need 2 Tbsp of crust mix per cup. Press that mixture starting from the middle of the cup and work your way up, pressing so that the cups are half-full (hey, we’re optimists here!). Press the crust well, it should start looking like the crust for a cheesecake or a tartelette.

4.      Once done with the crust, sauté the apples in a small non-stick pan for 3-5 minutes with 1 Tbsp oil and cinnamon. Let cool off for 5-10 minutes.

5.      Fill the crumble cups with the sautéed apples - it takes approximately 1 Tbsp per cup + some. Start by adding 1 Tbsp per cup and then add more.

6.      Now make the topping. remember the 2 Tbsp crust mix you set aside. Take it, chop some nuts and throw them into the same bowl, mix together. Then place mixture on top of the apples.

7.      Bake at 180°C/350 °F for about 25-30 minutes.

8.      Let cool off a little and then eat. These mini pies are best when they’re warm, so even the next day – warm them up a little bit. Also, top with some yogurt or for the vegan version with whipped coconut cream.

Mediterranean Skillet Chickpeas


·     1 jar/can – about 2 cups of chickpeas, drained & rinsed

·     4 medium tomatoes, chopped

·     1 small zucchini, chopped

·     1 small onion, chopped

·     1 bell pepper, striped

·     1 tsp chili powder

·     2 garlic cloves, minced

·     1 tbsp olive oil

·     10 basil leaves or other herbs by taste, chopped


1.   In a large pan with a lid add tomatoes and onion and let simmer at medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes.

2.   Add chickpeas and stir, let simmer covered with the lid for 5 min.

3.   Add garlic, zucchini, and bell peppers. Stir together, cover for 2 min.

4.   Turn off heat, add basil, olive oil. Sprinkle chili powder on top.

5.   Dinner is ready. Serve hot.


The Council Thrift & Donation Hours

Monday 10 am - 4 pm

Tuesday & Thursday 10 am - 6 pm

Friday 10 am - 4 pm

Saturday 10 am - 2 pm

Closed Wednesday

Office Hours

Monday - Friday

8:30 am - 4 pm

Closed Saturday & Sunday

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Sandra Robinson

Executive Director

Katerina Posadskova

Food Pantry Manager

Mary Ellen Rogan

Office Manager

Needham Community Council
570 Hillside Avenue
Needham, MA 02494
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