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Tel: 617.340.9554



11 Homer Street

Newton, MA 02459


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 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.


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...

Our Story 

by CSFP Founders, Jessica Hixon and Amy McGregor-Radin


Supporting Partners

Blacker's Bakeshop
Boston Area Gleaners
Cambridge Savings Bank
Church of the
City of Newton
College Hunks
Norwood, MA
Diaper Circle
Dignity Matters
Empty Bowls
Newton South Arts
Firestone Financial
First Church of
Chestnut Hill
Greater Boston
Food Bank
Hamilton Company Foundation
Hope and Comfort
Lasell College
Empty Bowls
Lovin' Spoonfuls
Music For Food
Newton Community
Newton Needham
Chamber of Commerce
Newton at Home
Panera Bread
Newton Centre
Rosenfeld's Bagels
Sinco Inc.
St. Vincent de Paul
at Sacred Heart
Star Market
Chestnut Hill
Three Squares
New England
Trader Joe's
West Newton
Trinity Parish
Newton Centre
Vineyard Road
Chestnut Hill
Whole Foods Market
Walnut St, Newton Hglds.
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