Harvest on Vine

Thanksgiving 2021


While Thanksgiving is certainly a wonderful time to take note of the blessings we have received, it can be a time of stress for  many others.

It gives those fortunate enough to do so, the opportunity to offer our support for the good of others. Every year during Thanksgiving we collect food for our Parish food pantry,  Harvest on Vine. This emergency food pantry serves over 300 Charlestown families each month. At Thanksgiving, numbers increase to close to 600.


For a donation of $35, you can provide a Thanksgiving meal to a family in need.


Harvest on Vine offers a variety of items each  distribution. The items greatest in need are:

Rice (1-3 lbs. bags)
Low-sugar cereals
Macaroni and Cheese

Thank you for supporting those in need.

Harvest on Vine thanks you for your support!

Harvest on Vine has not missed a single distribution since COVID hit, and it hit the poor extra hard. The demand for food, and the number of Charlestown families that need food has increased. The price of food has also increased. Thanks to your generosity, we’ve been able to meet the demand.

A statewide survey conducted by the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) showed that food insecurity in Massachusetts grew 55% during the pandemic. (See “Gaps in Food Access During the COVID-19 Pandemic in Massachusetts”) In response to this gap, Harvest on
Vine doubled the amount of food we distribute. Because of the Pandemic, families are now able to receive food twice a month. (Pre-pandemic, our families came once a month.)
The amount of fresh produce and fresh milk we supply has tripled.

According to the GBFB study, a major barrier to families getting the food they need is the stigma  associated with poverty. We are aware of this stigma, and we continually address it. Our volunteers do an outstanding job welcoming our clients. They treat each person with dignity and respect. This openhearted atmosphere makes it easy for clients to check in. We have never turned anyone away.

The Charlestown community has been charitable to Harvest on Vine, and because of your largesse, we have the means to put forth a first-class operation. The families we serve receive a week’s worth of food, twice a month. If you would like to support the efforts of
Harvest on Vine, we would be most grateful.

Harvest on Vine
46 Winthrop St.
Charlestown, MA 02129

Tom MacDonald
Harvest on Vine
St. Mary-St. Catherine of Siena Parish

Heartfelt gratitude to all who have supported our Parish Food Pantry
either with food donations and/or monetary contributions.
Because of you, we have been able to provide a variety of healthy food options to over 500 families each month
(a 100% increase in those who frequented the pantry this time last year).
And thank you to all who participated in the on-line auction. It was a great success!
To the volunteers who make the food distributions run smoothly, thank you as well. Your thoughtful concern and dedication in assisting in this important ministry is truly a blessing to all those who come to the pantry.


Food distributions takes place on the second Saturday at 10:00AM, and the last Tuesday of each month at 2:00PM. If you are in need of assistance, please arrive at the distributions with a proof of residence.


For those looking to volunteer, thank you! Please contact Tom MacDonald at 617-990-7314, or email at  TMacdonald@StmaryStcatherine.org


To donate, please click the button and select Harvest on Vine. Thank you.