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CENTRE STREET FOOD PANTRY

Tel: 617.340.9554

Email: info@centrestfoodpantry.org

Address

11 Homer Street

Newton, MA 02459

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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.  Fueled by the determination and passion of a few people from Newton, we opened our doors in January 2011 to supply food and essential items to residents of Newton and its surrounding communities.

We are fervently staffed by over 50 volunteers every week. Our growing organization is led by two part-time staff who oversee volunteers, food acquisition and pantry operations. Our volunteer board of directors are all active in helping us meet our mission.

 

We do not receive funds from the City of Newton or the state of Massachusetts. We depend on the generosity of people we live among to help us keep food on our neighbors' tables. We are humbled by their kindness and motivated by their support.

We source 90% of our food from the Greater Boston Food Bank where all produce is free due to MEFAP (Massachusetts Emergency Food Assistance Program). We purchase food at a discounted rate from the GBFB and purchase some food and other items (including diapers and wipes) at full price from local suppliers.

 

We receive food donations from local vendors as well as people and organizations in our community. 

 

On average 2000 bags of groceries are distributed each month

Our volunteers unload and set up 25,000 lbs of food from the Greater Boston Food Bank each month

Approximately  400 families shop each month.

We also stock personal hygiene and paper products for our shoppers.

We honor all household members. Pet food is always available.

OUR PROGRAMS

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.

School vacation months are difficult for some families with children. Without access to free breakfast and lunch at school, more food is needed at home. CSFP helps close the gap with an extra healthy food items like milk, chicken, tuna, peanut butter, applesauce, cereal and mac n'cheese for all families with children every month that children are on vacation or not in school.

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.

MEET OUR LEADERSHIP 

Rose Saia: Pantry manager

Becky Snow: Volunteer Coordinator

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
Redeemer
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
Farm
Newton Needham
Chamber of Commerce
NSHS Farm
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
Wegmans
Chestnut Hill
Whole Foods Market
Walnut St, Newton Hglds.
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