Centre Street Food Pantry's mission is to provide families with consistent access to nutritious food with kindness 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 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.
Want to know how we got started? Click the grocery bag and find out!
We distribute approximately 3000 bags of groceries each month.
Our volunteers unload over 35,000 lbs of food from the Greater Boston Food Bank each month. We acquire another 5,000+ pounds of food and toiletries per month through partner donations, community donations and purchases.
Over 600 families get groceries each month. We provide meals for over 2,000 adults, children and seniors.
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!