The Centre Street Food Pantry can be relied on as a source of food when you are in need. We stock meat, fish, eggs, cheese, loads of produce, bread, milk, household items, personal hygiene items, diapers, and more.
When you visit us, you will shop for the groceries you need for your household, according to how many people you have at home, within generous limits.
Residents of Newton and surrounding communities (Brighton, Watertown, Waltham, West Roxbury, Wellesley, Needham, Brookline) are welcome to shop once per month.
How To shop
NEW: Info about Holiday Gift Cards for Shoppers
During the month of November, the Centre Street Food Pantry will give each household one $20 Grocery Store Gift Card.
Gift cards will only be given to shoppers who are present and who verified their address.
You may not pick up a gift card for someone else, but you may still shop at the pantry for them.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
Where and when can i shop?
The Centre Street Food Pantry is open every Tuesday from 4 PM to 7 PM and the first Saturday of the month from 11 AM- 1 PM.
We will be closed on Tuesday Dec. 24 and Tuesday Dec. 31. Instead we will open on Monday Dec. 23 from 4pm -7pm.
We are located at 11 Homer Street in Newton Centre on the lower level of Trinity Church. Our entrance is around the corner on Furber Lane. Our sign is next to the double door.
There is no parking lot for our pantry. Parking is available nearby on Homer Street and Furber Lane which is a one way street. When you are done shopping, a volunteer will help you bring your groceries directly outside of our entrance.
You may shop with us once per month. Please bring your own grocery bags if possible.
We have a small waiting area and do not give preference to shoppers who arrive before we open. Numbers are given out at the beginning of our service and also continuously while we are open. Even if you arrive near the end of our hours, you will able to shop and will find a good selection of food choices.
See our Welcome Shopper letter for more information...
What forms do I need?
Please fill out this referral form and bring it with you on your first visit: Pantry Application. This form gives Newton residents access to all of Newton's food pantries. Residents of other towns may shop only at Centre Street Food Pantry with this application.
The form should be signed by a person who can attest to your need, for example, a City Hall or school official, a clergy member, a social worker, a doctor or health worker.
Address Verification: In addition to your signed pantry referral application, we
require verification of your address, so please bring documentation
such as car registration, tax, utility, cellphone or cable bill that verifies
your present address in one the cities listed above and a photo ID.
Am I eligible to shop at the Centre Street Food Pantry?
The following table has recommended income guidelines for receiving food that comes from the USDA: [Printable income eligibility guidelines]
Also, if you are currently receiving any of the following, Food Stamps/SNAP, AFDC, TANF, WIC, Welfare, Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, Head Start, Fuel Assistance or Veteran’s Aid, you are eligible to shop at the pantry.
Have other questions about shopping at Centre Street? Call us 617.340.9554 or email us anytime email@example.com