Welcome to Gardner Community Action Committee (CAC), a non-profit organization, located in Gardner, Massachusetts, focused on serving the needs of economically disadvantaged individuals throughout the Greater Gardner community.?

In addition to the City of Gardner, our service area includes the towns of Ashburnham, Baldwinville, Hubbardston, Otter River, Templeton, and Westminster.?

To learn more about our services, click on one of the icons below.?


Gardner CAC Backpack program

The Backpack Program

The Backpack Program takes place toward the end of every summer. Gardner CAC distributes 200 brand new backpacks to qualifying students grades K-12.


The Gardner CAC provides gently used seasonal clothing to those in need at no cost. Through the generous support of the Worcester County Sheriff’s office, over 300 winter coats are distributed annually.?

Food distribution

Food Distribution

Open Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m –12:00 p.m., with additional afternoon hours on Tuesday’s from 1:00–4:00 p.m., the Gardner CAC food pantry provides groceries to families and individuals in need who reside in Gardner, Ashburnham, Hubbardston, and Westminster.

Fuel Assistance

The cost of home heating during the winter can put a strain on your budget. Older folks and young children are especially at risk when the temperatures drop. If you find yourself unable to pay your utility bills during the winter months, you may be eligible for fuel assistance through the LIHEAP program.?

Fellowship Table

Meals served at 4:30pm on most Thursdays at First Congregational Church. Click on the link for more details.?

Holiday Programs

During the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday times, the Gardner CAC offers food baskets and children’s toys and gifts for eligible local families and individuals.?

Emergency Assistance

Should you find yourself and your family in dire straits, in need of food, shelter, or clothing, please contact Gardner CAC right away at 978.632.8700.

Medical Transportation

Transportation to medical appointments, both in town and out of town, is available for seniors citizens age 60+. Our van travels as far as Worcester and Emerson Hospital. This service is available Tuesday–Friday with pickups starting at 8:00 a.m. The van is returned to Gardner by 4:30 p.m.

Gardner CAC's Mission

The Mission of the Gardner Community Action Committee, Inc. is to provide services and resources to those in need.

Our core values:


We embrace diversity and treat everyone with kindness and compassion.


We believe that they are our most valuable asset and that volunteerism is mutually beneficial.


Being responsible with funding, donations and resources helps us to maintain positive relationships in the community and with one another.