Indepedently run for over 32 years

The oldest and largest all-volunteer food pantry in Newton, the Newton Food Pantry has been independently run exclusively by volunteers since 1983.

Over 700 individuals served per month

Each month we provide a five-day supply of nutritionally-balanced free food and personal care products to approximately 750 Newton residents who cannot afford enough to eat.

One-third of those we serve are chldren

More than one-third of those we serve are children (under age 18), and many are elderly.

In addition to offering food at our location in the basement of Newton City Hall, the Newton Food Pantry also delivers food to more than 45 households where homebound elderly or disabled residents live.

We partner with other local non-profits to provide food to families at Family ACCESS (a family support agency), survivors of domestic abuse at Second Step, the Family Van in Boston, and those in need who turn to the food pantries at the Arabic Baptist Church and Zola Center for People with Disabilities.

The Newton Food Pantry receives no direct funding from the City of Newton, the state of Massachusetts, or the federal government. That is why we rely on private support—both in-kind and financial—from generous individuals, businesses, religious organizations, schools, community and neighborhood groups, and charitable foundations.

Heroes Around Us: The Newton Food Pantry

This edition of NewTV’s “Heroes Around Us” highlights 92 year-old, Newton Food Pantry volunteer , Jackie Colby. Jackie is also one of the early organizers and founders of the Newton Food Pantry.

Heroes Around Us is a new, half-hour monthly magazine-style television program that presents the true stories of ordinary people who perform extraordinary acts of heroism in their communities.

Newton Food Pantry Board

Tracie Longman


Regina Wu


Maria Wilson-Portuondo


Ron Joseph


Jackie Colby

President Emeritus

Peter Shaevel

Board Member

Carol Berlin

Board Member (Food Drive and Service Day Coordinator)