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Massachusetts food banks and free pantries.

A number of non-profit food pantries, charities, soup kitchens, and distribution centers that may be near you in Massachusetts may be able to help the low income and individuals who are facing a hardship. Free or low cost food, groceries, and/or perishable items are provided to state residents from the locations and facilities indicated below. Other services may be offered too, such as referrals to government aid or programs such as SNAP food stamps and there is a phone number at the bottom of the page for more referrals.

Most of the food banks noted are the primary locations in the area. They also work with dozens of other local churches, non-profits, and charity organizations, such as community action agencies and the Salvation Army. Various companies and groups work together to help the less fortunate, poor, and children in Massachusetts.

The non-profits can also refer you to school lunch programs, SNAP food stamps, and assistance such as clothing, Thanksgiving and free Christmas meals and gifts. Your best bet is to call one of the centers below and they can more than likely direct you to an organization that may be closer to where you live, if need be.

In addition to these food banks, many other assistance programs exist in counties across Massachusetts. The staff and volunteers at the centers are a great place for referrals. Be sure to ask them for more resources in your local area.

Additional local Massachusetts food banks

Find information, phone numbers, and addresses of additional pantries and food banks for your town, city or county that are near you. These centers focus on individuals and families in those local communities. Or continue to scroll down the page for more free locations.

Haley House
Address - 23 Dartmouth Street
Boston - Massachusetts, 02116
Dial 617.236.8132




Crossroads Family Shelter
56 Havre St.
East Boston - Massachusetts, 02128
Phone - 617-567-5926

Northeastern Massachusetts: Merrimack Valley Food Bank
The location works with churches and pantries in the northern and eastern part of the state. Free boxes of groceries, canned goods, and other support is offered for the low income.

Framingham Civic League Inc.
Address of pantry is 214 Concord St.
Framingham, MA 01702
Dial (508)875-5218 for hours.

Beverly Bootstraps
371 Cabot St.
Beverly, MA 1915
(978) 927-1561

St. Pauls Soup Kitchen Inc.
PO Box 2257
Lowell, MA 01851
Hot meals may be served to the less fortunate. Another focus is on senior citizens and the homeless in Massachusetts. Basic needs such as clothing, referrals, and more is offered, including shelters.

Merrimack Valley Food Bank Inc.
Address of pantry - 735 Broadway St.
Lowell, Massachusetts 1854
(978) 454-7272
Provides social services and food to locations across the northern part of the state. Perishable items, government commodities, and other aid is provided.

Lazarus House, Inc.
Location is 412 Hampshire Street
Lawrence, MA 01842
Call for food assistance - (978)689-8575

Community Farms Outreach -- Waltham Fields Community Farm
Address is 240 Beaver Street
Waltham - MA, 02452
Main number - (781) 899-2403
Free food, perishable fruits and vegetables, soups, and dairy items may be offered. Other assistance includes baby formula and fresh goods.

Eastern Native Seed Conservancy
222 Main St. P.O. Box 451
Great Barrington - Massachusetts, 01230
Telephone - 1-(413)-229-831





Harvest Co-op Markets
587 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge - MA, 02144
Dial 617-661-1580

Rachel's Table
633 Salisbury St.
Worcester - Massachusetts, 01609
Phone number is 508-799-7699

Lorraines Soup Kitchen & Pantry Inc.
Main address is 170 Pendexter Ave
Chicopee, MA 01013
Hot meals, lunches for the homebound, and free canned goods are offered. Call for intake and information on government assistance programs.

Armenia Tree Project
65 Main Street
Watertown - Massachusetts, 02472
Call the non-profit at (617) 926-8733

Natick Service Council
Main address - 11 Pond St.
Natick - MA, 01760
Has information on government and public aid, such as WIC or SNAP food stamps. Serves the western suburbs of Boston. A focus is on children from low income families and the elderly.

Genetic Engineering Action Network
11 Ward Street
Somerville - Massachusetts, 02143
Dial - 617.661.6626

Northeast Food System Partnership
288 Hadley Road
Sunderland - MA, 01375

Western Massachusetts: The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts
Call 413-247-9738
Referrals and other support is offered. Get information on regional food pantries that have free items. The regional center serves all of the major metropolitan areas, including Boston, Cambridge, and the population centers in Massachusetts. Call to get referrals to local food banks near you.

South Central WIC Program
Address - 29 Pine St.
Southbridge - MA, 01550
Can help people apply for federal government and state of Massachusetts assistance, including SNAP food stamps, WIC, and summer meals for children. Baby formula and other support is offered for infants and pregnant mothers.





Merrimack Valley Food Bank Inc.
735 Broadway St
Lowell - Massachusetts, 01854
(978) 454-7272

Combined Jewish Philanthropies
126 High Street
Boston - Massachusetts, 02110
Supports families, seniors, and the needy of all religions.

Amherst Survival Center
1200 North Pleasant St.
Amherst - MA, 01059
Phone number - 413-549-3968

The Food Bank Farm
Location is 121 Bay Rd
Hadley - MA, 01035
Call the pantry at (413) 582-0013 for hours.
Boxes of food, meats, pasta, and more may be passed out.

American Red Cross of Massachusetts Bay - MetroWest Area
240 Bear Hill Rd Ste 101
Waltham - MA, 02451

Project Bread - The Walk For Hunger of Massachusetts
Main address - 145 Border St.
Boston - Massachusetts, 02128
Call (617) 723-5000

Lorraines Soup Kitchen & Pantry Inc.
Main address is 170 Pendexter Ave
Chicopee, MA 01013
Call 413-552-1554
A regional food pantry for the unemployed, low income, and struggling in the region.

Worcester County Food Bank
474 Boston Tpke
Shrewsbury, MA 1545
(508) 842-3663
Resources include The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), surplus government commodities, and information on food programs.

Community Harvest Project, Inc.
37 Wheeler Rd
North Grafton, Massachusetts 01536

Eastern Massachusetts: Greater Boston Food Bank

Winthrop Community Food Pantry
222 Bowdoin St.
Winthrop, MA 2152
Call (617) 846-6884
In addition to emergency food, education and nutritional services are offered to income qualified families.

Jewish Community Volunteer Program
333 Nahaton St.
Newton - MA, 02459
Can assist income qualified people, regardless of their religion. Free groceries, canned goods, holiday meals, and more is available.

Western Massachusetts Food Bank Incorporated
97 N Hatfield Rd
Hatfield - Massachusetts, 01038
Phone - (413) 247-9738







Central Massachusetts: Worcester County Food Bank

Beverly Outreach Worker
Main address is 371 Cabot St.
Beverly - Massachusetts, 01915
Telephone - (978) 927-1561
Programs can offer hot meals, holiday and Christmas food baskets, and other free food and perishable items to the low income.

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts
97 North Hatfield Road
PO Box 160
Hatfield , MA 01038
Dial the center at 413.247.9738

Additional food banks and centers in Massachusetts

The food banks listed above will usually distribute food or groceries to dozens of other local food pantries and soup kitchens near you, which then provide assistance to local families. You can dial (617) 427-5200 to find the locations and details on other places to get free food in Massachusetts.

By Jon McNamara

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