Centre Street Food Pantry's mission is to provide families within our community with consistent access to nutritious food in a dignified and sensitive environment. As many as 90 families shop each time we are open and more than 20 new families come to us each month. Our shoppers are from Newton, Brighton, Watertown, Waltham, Needham, Wellesley, West Roxbury and Brookline.
Centre Street receives no funding from the City of Newton or from the state of Massachusetts. We depend on the graciousness of our community members to help us keep food on our neighbors' tables. See which community organizations and businesses support our work!
The Centre Street Food Pantry opened its doors in January of 2011 to begin supplying food items to families and individuals in need from Newton and surrounding communities. Read more about how we got started...
On average 1500 bags of groceries are distributed each month
Volunteers unload about 20,000 pounds of food each month
On average 350 families shop each month
Shoppers find all of their personal hygiene needs
We honor all household members. Pet food is always available.
We are an innovative group. We listen to our shoppers.
When we hear there is a need for food in our community, we address it.
The weekend is a difficult time for some students. The Fuel program provides kids who need it with a weekend's worth of easy-to-prepare healthy meals so students come back to school ready to learn. Pasta, chicken, peanut butter, oatmeal, dried fruit and healthy snacks fill the bags that are delivered to schools each week. We have proudly partnered with Church of the Redeemer, Chestnut Hill on this amazing project.
The holidays are a special time and we want our shoppers to enjoy them too. Every household is given a gift card to purchase a turkey and we send them home with all the fixings to go with it (stuffing, pie crusts, roasting pan, pumpkin, fresh squash..you get the idea). Many thanks to Trinity Church for their generous gift card donations each year.
The summer months are difficult for some families. With no access to free breakfast and lunch at school, more food is needed at home. CSFP helps close the gap with an extra bag of healthy food items like chicken, peanut butter, raisins and cereal for 80 families each summer month.
MEET OUR BOARD
Rose Saia: Pantry manager
Amy Less: President
Laurie Utstein: treasurer/controller
jean chadbourne: clerk/Secretary
karen allschwang: member at large
Katherine Ballas: member at large
Saadia Baloch: member at large
cathy boskey: member at large
evan hoffman: member at large
kaRen Kipman: member at large
risa shames: member at large
Jessica: I will start by telling you how this all began. Father Todd (Miller) and a few of the other Episcopal clergy in Newton noticed a significant increase in the needy knocking on their doors for items store gift cards, lunches, or any other handouts. I believe each of the churches had a different type of outreach for this type of need.
A meeting was put together by these clergy and some hand-picked parishioners from each of those churches. I was one of those parishioners. At this meeting, there was a goal to find a common way to help with the increased need in the area. Read on...
Amy: With tremendous support from other pantries, parishes and temples around town, a wonderful logo created by Lee Hatfield Designs and all necessary permits from the City of Newton in hand, we opened our doors on January 11, 2011. Our shelves were stocked with donations from Whole Foods, Panera Bread and other generous donors. Volunteers welcomed 14 families in the month of February! Read on...