Centre Street Food Pantry's mission is to provide families with consistent access to nutritious food with acceptance and dignity.
We serve residents of Newton and our neighbors in seven surrounding communities.
Our mission is made possible due to the work of hundreds of passionate, hard-working and committed volunteers.
Our organization is led by a volunteer board of directors and two part-time staff who oversee volunteers and operations.
We are a small committed team that is sustained by the generosity of people, local businesses and grants.
by CSFP Founders, Jessica Hixon and Amy McGregor-Radin
Jessica: Father Todd (Miller) and 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. A meeting by these clergy and some hand-picked parishioners (including me) from each of those churches resulted in a shared goal to find a way to help with the increasing need...
Amy: We opened our doors on January 11, 2011 due to tremendous support from other pantries, parishes and temples, a wonderful logo created by Lee Hatfield Designs and all necessary permits in hand from the City of Newton. Our shelves were stocked with donations from Whole Foods, Panera Bread and other generous donors. Our first month we welcomed 14 families!
On average 2500 bags of groceries are distributed each month
Our volunteers unload and set up 35,000 lbs of food from the Greater Boston Food Bank each month.
Approximately 600 families shop each month.
We stock personal hygiene and paper products.
Our programs provide nutritious food choices for all ages and needs.
During the holidays and other times of the year, we do a bit more!
Our Pantry Program provides a variety of healthy foods for people of all ages. Every time we are open we offer fresh produce as well dairy, frozen proteins, bread and shelf stable food. We also offer paper products, toothpaste, soap, diapers & wipes and feminine products. We follow USDA My Plate guidelines, and, do our best to make sure large families get a balanced "plate" of groceries.
Our Kids Club Program helps to close the meals gap for children. While children are distance learning at home, or when they are on school vacation, they do not receive school breakfast and/or lunch. Since the COVID outbreak and through the vacation months ahead we will give families with children extra milk, 100% juice, granola bars, tuna, peanut butter, applesauce, cereal, mac n'cheese and pasta.
The Fuel Program provides children in need with a weekend quantity 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 bags that are delivered to schools each week. We partnered with Church of the Redeemer, Chestnut Hill on this amazing project.
Our Thanksgiving Gift Card Program distributes gift cards from supermarkets to every family in November so they may purchase a turkey or other dinner entree and we (over)stock our pantry with all the fixings for a festive meal! We are thankful for Trinity Church and the Greater Boston Food Bank Partnership with Star Market for their gift card donations each year.
We introduced our Winter Warmer Program in December 2019 and gave all shoppers their choice of a hat, socks, mittens or gloves. We purchased enough so every child and senior received an item as well as one adult in the household. They brought a smile to children who loved the colorful striped gloves and mittens with hearts on them. Plus we packed the kids choices with candy!