NEWTON-NEEDHAM REGIONAL CHAMBER: Newton-Needham Food Pantries Need Your Help


Newton-Needham Regional Chamber issued the following announcement on March 19.

Responding to many requests from our members as to how they can help during this time of crisis, the chamber will be providing updates from our nonprofit members.

Food Pantries

There are currently three organizations in the chamber that serve as food pantries for the Newton, Needham and several surrounding communities. Below is a brief overview of each organization and ways to help.

The Needham Community Council supports people in Needham who have under-met health, educational or social needs with a food pantry being an integral part of its organization.

The Newton Food Pantry is the city’s oldest and largest all-volunteer food pantry, providing a five-day supply of nutritionally-balanced free food and personal care products to approximately 750 Newton residents who cannot afford enough to eat.

Centre Street Food Pantry’s mission is to provide families within Newton and seven neighboring communities with consistent access to nutritious food in a dignified and sensitive environment.

All three organizations have altered their food pantry operations to ensure the health and safety of the people they serve and their many volunteers during the COVID-19 health crisis.

Visit their websites for hours of operation and ways to donate food, money and time. Cash donations are greatly appreciated as increased need is anticipated by all three organizations due to the coronavirus.

Needham Community Council

570 Hillside Avenue, Needham

Requested need: Small portion-sized raw meats: chopped meat, hot dogs, chicken. 1-2 lb packages. (PLEASE NO BULK), eggs, and bread. See website for COVIC-19 emergency wish list.

Also accepting food donations from area businesses who are unable to use their supplies - TripAdvisor and the Needham Public Schools both made sizable donations - and from area restaurants due to dine-in restrictions. The NCC’s food pantry has plenty have storage space.

The NCC is operating by appointment only; no more than 1-2 clients at a time. Also providing delivery to homebound seniors.

Newton Food Pantry

Newton City Hall

Requested need: During this time, please drop off donations of much needed paper and plastic bags at 36 Metacomet Road or 61 Ballard Street. See website for COVIC-19 emergency wish list.

Open during the City Hall closure and providing food to Newton residents (including both NEW and EXISTING clients) during regularly scheduled hours. Volunteers scheduled to come should still plan to arrive during their scheduled shift.

The highest priority during this challenging time is to protect the health of shoppers and volunteers, and to remain a resource for those in the community who need food. The NFP is coordinating closely with the Newton Department of Health & Human Services, inventory partners, and sharing “best practices” with other food pantries and food organizations.

If you need assistance, please contact us at newtonfoodpantry@gmail.com or 617-796-1233 or Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline at 1-800-645-8333 (M-F from 8am-7pm & Saturday from 10am-2pm.)

Centre Street Food Pantry

11 Homer Ave inside the Trinity Episcopal Church, entrance on Furber Lane

Requested need: nonperishable family-friendly food items. See website for full list.

With the ongoing COVID-19 emergency, there are families and individuals who are struggling to get food on the table. During this time the CSFP is striving to provide every household in need with at least (2) pre-packed grocery bags of shelf stable food; large families receive more. These bags include food for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The CSFP also distributes bags of fresh produce, refrigerated items and frozen chicken, fish, meat and vegetables.

Families with children receive an additional "Kids Club" bag of food that includes mini-milk boxes, granola bars, peanut butter, jam, canned tuna and snacks.

Currently the CSFP is providing groceries to 100 families a week, adding up to about 7,500 pounds of food packed into 500 bags every time the pantry is open.

Centre Street Food Pantry depends on the generosity of those living in the community to help provide groceries for people who need them – it does not receive funding from the city of Newton or any other town.

Original source can be found here.

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