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Worcester County Massachusetts free food pantries.

Food pantries in Worcester County Massachusetts provide support to those who need help. The resources are extensive and can include hot meals, free groceries, holiday assistance, and applications for government benefits.  Find the locations and phone numbers of the free emergency food pantries, soup kitchens and food banks near you in Worcester County. There is also a referral number at the bottom of the page for other meal and food resources. Note the programs vary by location.

The centers distribute low cost or free food to families and individuals who need help, regardless of their income, religions, or backgrounds. Thousands of local individuals receive some form of assistance every month, including children and seniors. In addition to offering direct aid, the Worcester food pantries can often refer those who need help to government programs, local charities, or non-profit organizations. Many of the free food pantries also give out holiday food baskets, including at Easter, Thanksgiving, or Christmas.

In addition, more non-food type items may be distributed. Several Worcester County area food pantries may also offer free hygiene items and toiletries. Other goods from the charities include supplies such as free diapers for newborns or single moms, Meals on Wheels, and much more.

Fitchburg Massachusetts food banks

Care Services Project Professional Services Building
Address of food bank - 356B Broad Street-4th Floor, Fitchburg Massachusetts 01420
Telephone number - 978-345-4366
Focuses on people with HIV/AIDS.

Leona E. Fleming Food Pantry At Green Acres
Location of center - 62 Normandy Road, Fitchburg Massachusetts 01420
Dial for help - 978-342-8617
Hours of food bank - Tues. 11:30AM to 4:30PM, Wed. 8:30AM to 4:30PM and Fri. 8:30AM to 3 PM




GVNA Community Services
35 Main Street, Fitchburg Massachusetts 01420
Call 978-665-9078
Distribution of food and meals: Wednesday, 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM.
Canned food, groceries, and applications to SNAP food stamps may be offered.

Highland Baptist Church
Food pantry location - 27 Cedar Street, Fitchburg 01420
Distribution: 1st & 3rd Saturdays, 9 to 11 AM.
They also serve holiday meals, including at Easter and Christmas. Other pantry goods may be paper products, cleaning supplies, or groceries for low income families.

MOC Elder Services
66 Day Street, Fitchburg 01420
978-345-8501, ext. 1
Senior Brown Bag and free meals offered. A home delivery service for the sick and homebound.

Salvation Army
Pantry locations is 739 Water Street, Fitchburg 01420
Food distribution hours: Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 12 PM & 1 to 5 PM.
They also offer some financial aid to the working poor in Worcester County. Or apply for free Christmas meals from Adopt a Family. There is also a thrift store, soup kitchen, and applications to food stamps.

United Neighbors of Cleghorn
Cleghorn Neighborhood Center
18 Fairmount Street, Fitchburg 01420
Distribution: Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM





Gardner Massachusetts food pantries

Gardner Community Action Committee
Address of food bank - 294 Pleasant Street, 3rd Floor, Gardner Massachusetts 01440
Distribution: Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 12 PM; Tuesday, 1 to 4 PM.

Montachusett Veterans Outreach Center, Inc.
268 Central Street, Gardner 01440
Call 978-632-9601 for free food, meals, and groceries.
Distribution: Monday through Friday, 10 to 11:30 AM & 1 PM to 4:30 PM.

Saint Vincent De Paul Society - Sacred Heart Church
166 Cross Street, Gardner 01440
Distribution: Weekdays 10 AM to 5 PM. Please call to make an appointment.
A number of social service programs are available. It includes free groceries, shelter, and basic needs such as clothing. Some financial resources may also be available in Worcester County.

Gilbertville and Hardwick Massachusetts food pantries

Tri-Parish Community Church Food Pantry Hardwick Senior Center
Address of food bank - 179 Main Street (Rte 32), Gilbertville 01031
Telephone number - 413-477-6635
Distribution: 1st & 3rd Friday, 9:30 to 11:30 AM. During the months of July and August, the first Friday only groceries and food is offered.

Grafton Massachusetts food pantries

Saint Vincent De Paul Society - St. James Church
89 Main Street, Church Hall, South Grafton 01560
Food center phone number is 508-839-5354
Distribution: 3rd Tuesday of month, September thru June, 5:30 to 7:00 PM. Call for emergency assistance on other days/times including months of July/August.

Holden Massachusetts food banks

Wachusett Food Pantry
Wachusett Extended Care
Address of food bank - 56 Boydon Rd., Holden 01520
Distribution: 3rd Saturday of each month, 9 to 11 AM. Senior distribution is the day before, Fri. 10 to 11:30 AM.

Lancaster Massachusetts food pantries

Community Services of SDA
129 Bolton Road, Lancaster 01561
for information, dial 978-365-7152
This Worcester County food bank is available from Tuesdays, 9:00 AM to 12 PM.
The non-profit helps the less fortunate, poor, unemployed, and others with meeting nutritional needs.





Leicester Massachusetts food pantries

Leicester Food Pantry
St. Joseph’s/St. Pius X
759 Main Street, Leicester Massachusetts 01524
Distribution: Tuesdays 5-7 PM
Low income families in an emergency can receive free food. There may be peanut butter, soup, dairy, and frozen food too. The pantry may help for a few days per month.

Leominster Massachusetts food pantries

Catholic Charities
Food pantry location - 196 Mechanic Street
Leominster, Massachusetts 01453
978-840-0696 or 800-232-0843
Distribution: Monday thru Friday, 8AM to 5 PM.
Alternate appointments based on Needs Assessment.

First Baptist Church
Community Food Cupboard
23 West Street, Leominster 01453
Telephone number - 978-537-2685
Distribution: 2nd Saturday 9-11am, Call for Emergency services
Volunteers may help with help meals, clothing, or a blanket. Fruits, vegetables, bags of groceries, and other items may be passed out.

Ginny’s Helping Hands Food Pantry
52 Mechanic Street
Leominster, MA 01453
Distribution: Tuesday thru Saturday, 10 AM to 5 PM.
Volunteers may also deliver a meal to the disabled or senior citizens.

Ruth’s Harvest Pantry
Leominster United Methodist Church
77 Hall Street, Leominster Massachusetts 01453
Distribution: 3rd Thursday, 6 to 8 PM and 4th Saturday, 8 to 10 AM. Call if Emergency.

Spanish American Center
112 Spruce Street, Leominster 01453
Distribution: Mon. through Fri. 9:00 AM to 12 Noon. Call for appointment at the church if need be.
Spanish Speakers can receive support too. There is also free food and meals for immigrants. The center will try to provide what the culture may be familiar with too.

SVDP– St. Leo’s Church
108 Main Street, Leominster 01453
This Worcester County food bank is open Monday, 6 to 7 PM, Wednesday, 4 to 5 PM.
Christmas meals or turkeys may be served as well.







Mendon Massachusetts food pantries

Blessing Barn Food Pantry at Bethany Assembly of God
15 Cape Road, Mendon 01756
Distribution: Tuesdays., 10 AM to 1 PM.

Milford Massachusetts food centers

Daily Bread Food Pantry
21 Exchange Street, Milford 01757
Distribution: Tuesday & Thursday, 6 to 7:30 PM.

Salvation Army
29 Congress Street , Milford Massachusetts 01757
Assistance includes a thrift store and food pantry. Other items may be formula, snacks for students, and emergency boxes of groceries with meats and canned goods.

Millbury Massachusetts food pantries

Friends of Millbury Seniors
Food pantry location - 1 River Street, Millbury 01527
Food distribution is: Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The free food pantry is open to all Worcester Massachusetts residents’ ages, not just seniors.

North Brookfield Massachusetts food pantries

St. Joseph’s Food Pantry
Location of center - 296 N. Main Street, N. Brookfield Massachusetts 01535
Hours of food bank: 1st Thursday of month, 6:00 to 7:15 PM; 3rd Thursday of month, 1 to 3 PM. Call for appointment if another day/time needed.

Northborough Massachusetts food distribution centers

Northborough Church of Christ
Food pantry location - 456 W. Main Street, Northborough 01532
Sunday, 12:30 to 6 PM & Wednesday, 5 to 7 PM.
Call for emergency appointment on non-distribution day.

Northborough Food Pantry
Town Hall, 63 Main Street, Northborough 01532
Telephone number - 508-393-6897
Distribution: Wednesday, 9 to 10:30 AM & Thursday, 6:30 to 8 PM.
Hundreds of families turn to the site. Bags of food, surplus government commodities, meals, and more is passed out by staff. Or get referrals to federal programs such as WIC - Women Infant and Children food vouchers.

Oxford Massachusetts food pantries

Oxford Ecumenical Food Shelf
8 Maple Road, Oxford 01540
Hours of food bank: Thursdays (except holidays), 5:30PM to 7:15 PM.

Rutland Massachusetts food pantries

Rutland Food Pantry-SVDP St. Patrick Church
290 Main Street, Rutland 01543
Dial for help - 508-886-2206
2nd Thursday of month 6:00-7:30PM and also open 4th Saturday of month 9:00-12:00 Noon





Shrewsbury Massachusetts food distribution centers

St. Anne’s Human Services
130 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury 01545
Distribution: 3rd Monday of month 10AM-12noon & 6-7PM.
Freed Food Emergency Distribution Available to people in a crisis
Hours Open: Mon, Tues, Sat 8AM-12noon, Wed 8AM-4PM, Thur. 8AM-8PM, Fri 8AM-1PM.
Social workers try to provide financial help, housing, and food to the unemployed and people in poverty. Some benefits also include food stamp applications or WIC vouchers to pay for infant formula.

Southborough Massachusetts food pantries

Southborough Food Pantry, Pilgrim Church
Location is 15 Common Street, Southborough, Massachusetts 01772
Telephone number - 508-485-4847
Distribution and hours are: Tuesday, 7 to 8 PM; Fri., 10 to 11 AM.

Southbridge Massachusetts food pantries

Blessed John Paul II St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry
263 Hamilton Street, Southbridge 01550
Dial the pantry at 508-764-3226
Distribution: Tuesdays, 3 to 5 PM; Thursdays from 10AM to 12 PM.
Perishable items such as fruits and vegetables may be served. Or get clothing, school supplies, or a Christmas toy for your child.

Southbridge Food Share, Inc.
79 Elm Street, Southbridge 01550
The food bank hours are Monday , Wednesday and Friday: 10AM to 11:15AM.

Spencer Massachusetts food banks

Mary Queen of the Rosary Food Pantry
60 Maple Street, Spencer, 01562
Distribution: Mondays & Thursdays, 10 AM. (Arrival re-quired before 11am). One Monday night per month for working households -please call for Monday night appointment.
Boxes of food in a crisis for the low income. Children, the elderly, and jobless can all get help too.

Uxbridge Massachusetts food pantries

People First Food Pantry
Community House, 19 Douglas Street, Uxbridge, 01569
Dial the county food pantry at 508-278-5506
Center is open from - Wednesday, 11 AM to 1 PM & 6:30 to 8 PM.

West Boylston Massachusetts food centers

West Boylston Food Pantry
Stop by the food bank at First Congregational Church, 26 Central Street, W. Boylston 01583
Call the center at - 508-835-4462
Distribution: 3rd Tuesday of every month, 3 to 6 PM.
When a family is struggling, whether they have a job or not, emergency bags of fresh food may be given. There are also assistance programs to feed kids during the summer and support given to single mothers.

Webster Massachusetts food pantries

Webster-Dudley Food Share, Inc., United Church of Christ
4 Church Street-Suite 2, Webster, 01570
Distribution: Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30 to 11:30 AM.
Westborough Massachusetts food banks and pantries

Westborough Food Pantry, Forbes Community House
9 East Main Street, Westborough Massachusetts 01581
Dial the food pantry at 508-366-3007
Food bank hours are Thursday, 9:15 to 11:15 AM & 7 to 8 PM. The location is open for seniors only - Tuesday, 10:00 to 11:00 AM. Available to Westborough residents only.

West Brookfield Massachusetts food pantries

Sharing Cupboard Food Pantry, First Congregational Church
36 North Main Street, W. Brookfield, Massachusetts 01585
Dial for help - 508-867-7078
Distribution for All Ages: Wednesday, 10 AM to 12 PM; Thursday, 7 to 8:30 PM.
Donations of surplus cheese, cereal, and other goods are given to the needy at no cost to them. There may also be some gift cards on site too for critical items.

Whitinsville Massachusetts food pantries and centers

Northbridge Association of Churches (NAC)
Senior Center, 20 Highland Street, Whitinsville, Massachusetts 01588
Telephone number - 508-234-4599
Hours of food bank: Tuesday, 10 AM to 12 PM & Thursday, 1 to 3 PM. Seniors Only: 3rd Wednesday of month 10AM-12PM.

Winchendon Massachusetts food pantries

Winchendon Community Action Council
Location of center - 273 Central Street, Winchendon, 01475
Distribution: Mon.-Closed, Tues.9AM-5PM, Weds.9AM-2PM, Thurs. 9AM-5PM, Friday 9AM-12PM.





Worcester Massachusetts food banks and pantries

AIDS Project Worcester
Food pantry location - 85 Green Street, Worcester, Massachusetts 01604
508-755-3773 x16
Distribution to their consumers: Monday though Friday, 9 AM to 4:00 PM

Catholic Charities Food Pantry
10 Hammond Street, Worcester, 01610
The phone number to dial is 508-860-2237
Distribution: Monday through Friday, 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM.
Can provide information on Worcester and Massachusetts food pantries. Another site is at 126 Main Street
Milford, MA, 01757. Dial 508-478-9632. They offer everything from fuel assistance to free food for senior citizens and families living in poverty. More on Catholic Charity assistance programs in Worcester County.

Centro Las Americas
11 Sycamore Street, Worcester, 01608
508-798-1900, ext. 237
Distribution: Wednesdays & Thursdays, 9 AM to 12 PM.

Friendly House Pantry
36 Wall Street, Worcester, 01604
Telephone - 508-755-4362
Hours - Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM.

Good Samaritan Food Pantry
Food pantry location is - 85 Pleasant Street, Worcester 01609
Telephone number - 774-253-1619
Distribution: Tuesday & Friday, 11AM to 2 PM.
Partners with other non-profit agencies. Assistance is wide ranging from this pantry.

Great Brook Valley Food Pantry, Willis Center
176 Tacoma Street, Worcester, 01605
Distribution: Monday, Thursday and Friday 8 AM to 4 PM

Jeremiah’s Inn, Food Pantry
1059 Main Street, Worcester, 01603
Dial the free food pantry in Worcester at 508-755-6403
Distribution: Mon., Tue., Thurs & Fri., 9 AM to 2 PM; Weds., 11 AM to 2 PM.

John Street Baptist Church
43 John Street, Worcester, 01609
Phone - 508-753-4991
Distribution: Saturday, 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM during lunch meal.

Lighthouse Mission Food Pantry
165 Pleasant Street, Worcester, 01609
Distribution: Every Monday except 1st, 11 AM to 1 PM.
Whether you need a meal, or a box of food in a crisis, the charity may be able to help. Or refer you to someone that can assistance.

Loaves & Fishes Pantry, Unitarian Universalist Church of Worcester
90 Holden Street, Worcester, 01606
Distribution: 3rd Saturday of the month, 10 AM to 12 PM.
The charity will give referrals to programs such as The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). Or there may be personal hygiene supplies, bedding, and other goods given out.

Mt. Carmel Outreach Ministry
Address of food bank - 24 Mulberry Street, Worcester, 01605
508-791-0731 or 508-755-4362
Distribution: Tuesday Only 9:30am-1:30pm

The Mustard Seed
Food pantry location is - 93 Piedmont Street, Worcester, 01609
Telephone - 508-754-7098
Hours of food bank - Monday through Saturday, Summer Hours: 5-6:30PM, Sunday meal served at 12 PM. Winter Hours: 4-6:30pm. Distribution of food bags during meal schedule

Orthodox Food Center, St. Spyridan Cathedral
102 Russell Street, Worcester, Massachusetts 01609
Dial for help - 508-791-7326
Stop by between Saturday, 10 AM to 12 PM in order to get free food or information.

Pernet Family Health Service
Location in Worcester County - 237 Millbury Street, Worcester, 01610
The center can be reached at 508-755-1228
Distribution: Mon., Tues. and Weds. 1:00PM to 4:30 PM.
Call for hours on food distribution.







Plumley Village Food Pantry, Willis Center
16 Laurel Street, Worcester, 01608
Distribution: Tuesday & Wednesday 8 AM to 4 PM.
Canned fruits, vegetables, breads, and frozen items are offered.

Quinsigamond Village Neighborhood Center
16 Greenwood Street, Worcester, 01607
Distribution: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9:30AM to 2:00PM and Friday 9:30AM-12PM (Closed Wednesdays)

Revival Church – Fountain of Life
Location of center - 23 Coral Street, Worcester, 01604
Distribution: Wednesdays, 6 PM to 8 PM.

St. Paul’s Outreach
Address - 19 Chatham Street, Worcester, Massachusetts 01609
Call 508-791-8455 for information on food assistance.
Distribution of food and meals occurs Tues., Wed. & Fri., 9 AM to 12 PM; Thurs., 5 PM to 7:30 PM.

Salvation Army - Citadel
Address of food bank - 640 Main Street, Worcester, 01608
Hours - Mon: 1PM to 3PM & 5PM to 7PM,
Tues. through Friday 10AM to 12PM & 12:45PM to 2PM
Programs include a free food bank, clothing closet, and Christmas and Thanksgiving food baskets. Or inquire into funds for rent or toys fro children from the Angel Tree program. Find other Worcester Salvation Army assistance programs.

South Worcester Neighborhood Center
47 Camp Street, Worcester, Massachusetts 01603
Distribution: Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 1:30 PM.
Everything from case management to enrollment into the Summer Food Service Program is arranged.

South Worcester Neighborhood Center -  Green Island
50 Canton Street, Crompton Park, Worcester, 01610
Telephone number - 508-753-4661
Distribution: Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 3 PM.

South Worcester Neighborhood Ctr. - Lakeside Center
Pantry is located at, and stop by 54 Circuit Ave. South, Apt. 1 , Worcester 01603
No Phone on Site-call 508-757-8344 (SWNC Camp St.)
Hours of this food distribution center is Mon.-Weds. 10-2pm, Thurs/Fri 9-1pm

SVDP - St. Anthony’s Pantry Sacred Heart Church
Address of the food bank/pantry: 596 Cambridge Street, Worcester, 01610
Distribution: Thursday, 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM; Saturday 10 AM to 1 PM. Food offered by appointment only.

SVDP - St. Peter’s Church
929 Main Street, Worcester, 01610
Distribution: Wednesday, 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM.
Boxes of groceries and basic needs such as clothing may be served. Volunteers will also have a meals on wheels service for the poor and homebound.

Veterans, Inc. Food Pantry (formerly Mass. Vets)
69 Grove Street, Worcester, 01605
Distribution of free food is 3rd Thursday of each month, 10 AM to 2PM. Continental breakfast is provided.

Wesley United Methodist Church runs the Carty Cupboard
114 Main Street, Worcester, Massachusetts 01608
Dial for help - 508-799-4191
Distribution hours: Monday: 6 to 7 PM, Wednesdays:1 PM to 3 PM, Friday: 10 AM to 12 PM.

Additional regional charities

United Way of Tri-County
Address is 272 High Street
Clinton, MA, 01510
Dial 508-370-4943
They operate a free food pantry. It covers the regions of Berline, Bolton, Clinton, Sterling, and Lancaster too. The groceries may be cereal, fresh fruit, baby formula, and much more.

Adventist Community Service Center
129 Bolton Road Box 1003
South Lancaster, Massachusetts 01561
Telephone - 978-365-7152
The non-profit has a food pantry for Worcester County families. There may be free holiday food baskets, items for Christmas, and personal goods. This ranges from bedding to clothes, car seats, and other supplies.

Upton Council on Aging/Senior Center
2 Farm Street
Upton, MA, 01568
Call 508-529-4558
Low income senior citizens and the disabled can apply for congregate meals, senior ride programs, home delivered meals, benefit assistance such as SNAP food stamps, and also sign up for activities of daily living assessment. Referrals and advice is given too.





Saint John's Church Food Pantry
44 Temple Street
Worcester, MA, 01604
A soup kitchen and food pantry are on site. Whether it is a Turkey a Thanksgiving, Christmas meal or toy, or box of food, help is given.

Saint Joan of Arc Church
Address is 570 Lincoln Street
Worcester, Massachusetts, 01605
Site Phones - 508-852-3232
Individuals in need can get non-perishable groceries.

Find additional free food and meals in Worcester County near you

For more information on Worcester County food programs, dial 508.842.3663. Whether it is applications to WIC - Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, Meals on Wheels for the elderly, and other support, assistance is given.


By Jon McNamara

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