GROCERIES WE OFFER YOU
The Centre Street Food Pantry provides every family with bags of fresh produce, refrigerated and shelf stable foods as well as personal care items.
We provide quantities according to how many people live in your household.
Dry grocery bags include canned fruits and vegetables, rice, pasta, beans, breakfast foods, coffee or tea and staples such as vegetable oil or bread crumbs. These bags also have bar soap, toothpaste and toilet paper.
Cold order bags include fresh milk, eggs, margarine or butter, yogurt or cottage cheese. We try to give three frozen proteins to each family which always include one chicken item. The two other proteins may be fish, ground turkey or ground beef, or, pork roast.
Fresh produce bags are packed with what is seasonally available. We try to include root and leafy vegetables and fresh fruit every week.
Fresh bread and baked goods are usually available.
Our "Meal of the Month" Program now gives every family a prepared meal or all the ingredients for an additional meal.
If you want a food to be taken out of or added to your groceries, or you need a gluten free or vegetarian bag, please tell the volunteer who greets you in your car when you check in. We will try to fill your request.
WE ARE A COVID-19 SAFE OUTDOOR OPERATION WITH CURBSIDE PICKUP
Due to the Massachusetts State of Emergency to help stop the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we will no longer allow shopping inside because our waiting and shopping areas would be too crowded. Instead, we are offering pre-packed bags of groceries available for pickup outside our entrance on Furber Lane.
We hope everyone remains healthy and hopeful!
HOW DO I KNOW IF I AM I eligible to GET GROCERIES?
If you are experiencing any situation that has left you in need of food and live in one of our service communities, you may register to receive food from our pantry.
There are no Income Eligibility Guidelines at this time.
Even if your situation is temporary, such as job loss or lack of an income from another household member, or an illness that has interfered with your ability to get food, you can register at our pantry.
Our food pantry is not a federal or state benefit and does not disqualify you from receiving assistance from these agencies and/or programs.
What forms do I need?
1) Please fill out this Pantry Application.
Please bring it with you on your first visit, or fill out this online form. If you do not have it with you on your first visit, you will still be able to receive groceries as long as you have a photo ID that verifies your address.
A referral signature that confirms your proof of need is not needed at this time.
2) Please bring a document or identification that includes your name and current address.
We need to confirm that you live in one of the communities we serve. The document you bring could be a car registration, rent receipt, tax or credit card bill, heath insurance bill, a utility, cellphone or cable bill or any notice sent to you from a social services agency. A photo ID is not required to register as a client with our pantry but you can show us your driver's license or any other identification that includes your name and the city /town that you live in.
If you do not have this paperwork or an identification, we will write down your address and mail you an envelope. Please bring this envelope with you on our next visit to Centre Street Food Pantry.
3) We will need to know the number of people in your family as well as their ages.
We keep all information confidential. Our database is one designed for Greater Boston Food Bank agencies so that we can track and manage the size of the community we serve. We do not provide any information to law enforcement, federal, state or immigration agencies.
HOW OFTEN CAN I GET GROCERIES?
Once you have registered, you may visit once a month.
You will be able to get groceries at your first visit.
WHERE DO I GET GROCERIES?
We are located at 11 Homer Street in Newton Centre at the side door annex of the Trinity Parish Church. Our entrance is around the corner on Furber Lane. Our sign is next to the double door.
when can i GET GROCERIES?
The Centre Street Food Pantry is open:
Every Tuesday from 2:30 PM to 6 PM
The First Saturday of the month 11:30AM until 2 PM.
What IF I NEED FOOD WHEN YOU ARE CLOSED?
If you need food when we are not open or any other services, please dial '211' or go the Massachusetts State Hotline which is available 24/7, with translation services for many languages.
What IF I HAVE A QUESTION?