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Tel: 617.340.9554



11 Homer Street

Newton, MA 02459

Group Volunteering

Thank you for wanting to volunteer for a Group Volunteering Day at the Centre Street Food Pantry.  We are a small organization, housed in a small space, and mostly run by volunteers.  As a result we are unable to accommodate all requests for group workdays.  Please see the guidelines below.  



Unfortunately we will not be able to accommodate any more groups until March 2020.

  1. The CSFP can help you organize a Group Volunteering Day on a Wednesday from 10:00-11:30AM or for the first Saturday of the month from 1:30-3:00PM.  These spots fill quickly.  Please plan at least 6 weeks in advance to schedule a date.

  2. No more than two Group Volunteering days per year per group.


Age Minimum and Maximum Numbers of Participants:

  1. All participants of workday groups must be at least 12 years old.  

  2. For groups whose participants are 12 to 15 years old, the maximum number of participants is 7 plus 3 chaperones.

  3. For groups whose participants are 16 to 17 years old, the maximum number of participants is 7 plus 1 chaperone.

  4. For groups whose participants are 18 years old and older, the maximum number of participants is 8.


We encourage young families and groups with children under the age of 12 to participate in the following ways:

  1. Help keep the Pantry well supplied. Check out our list of needed items on our web site, bring them to Centre Street, and we will stock them on our shelves! It is a great way to make a big impact.

  2. Get Crafty. Is there a holiday upon us?  Make greeting cards for our shopping families.  We will include your artwork in our shoppers’ bags - so when they get home and unpack, they will have some great artwork and a positive message for their fridges. 

  3. Organize a food drive. Organize a school food drive where each grade collects something different or have a theme for your drive.OR distribute grocery bags to neighbors’ doorsteps and ask them to fill them up with needed items. Pick up the bags a few days later.   After collecting the food, check the expiration date, if the food has not expired - mark an X through the zebra code of the item (CSFP can’t use expired products), and sort items into similar categories.  Finally, deliver the items to the pantry, and we will stock our shelves.

  4. Partner with local grocery store.  Ask your local grocery store if you may set up a table there on some particular days to raise awareness about CSFP and to accept donations


To schedule a Group Volunteering Day, contact