On September 1, food distribution moves inside and hours change.

Wednesday Shopping • By Appointment: 12:00–3:00pm • Walk-in: 3:00–7:00pm • Details on Get Help page

About Us

The Newton Food Pantry is the oldest and largest food pantry in Newton, run exclusively by volunteers since 1983.

How We Serve Our Neighbors

The Newton Food Pantry aims to alleviate food insecurity in Newton by providing supplemental food and personal care products to community members in need, serving our clients with dignity, compassion and respect.

We believe no one deserves to go hungry, and everyone has a right to nutritious food. We address food insecurity with a community-based approach and value equity and inclusion. Our clients feel welcome and accept our help with dignity.

Newton Food Pantry Board

Regina Wu

Regina Wu

President

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Regina Wu

Regina Wu
President

Prior to joining the Newton Food Pantry in 2012, Regina was a volunteer at the Greater Boston Food Bank’s mobile market in Jamaica Plain. After attending a Mayor’s citywide food drive, she shifted focus to support her own community. Over the last 9 years, Regina has served as a Wednesday afternoon volunteer, the pantry’s vice president and led the development and execution of community changing initiatives like the freedge, Newton’s Community Table and the Teen Ambassador Program.

It is her role as a primary care physician, treating patients with diabetes, congestive heart failure, and high blood pressure that fueled Regina’s mission to help our community live a healthy lifestyle by providing access to healthy, delicious and nutritious foods.

Regina lives in Waban with her husband, two teenage daughters and their Tibetan terrier named Chewie. In her free time she enjoys running with her group, “Runners Up” and has completed the Boston, Chicago, NYC and Berlin marathons. This October she will run Tokyo.

Regina’s favorite part of being at the Newton Food Pantry is talking to clients and being the recipient of their many smiles and hugs.

Sindy Wayne

Sindy Wayne

Vice President

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Sindy Wayne

Sindy Wayne
Vice President

Sindy’s first encounter with the Newton Food Pantry was as a volunteer with Newton Neighbors Helping Neighbors, delivering food to clients on Wednesday afternoons. She was so impressed with the pantry’s well-organized COVID-19 distribution process that she emailed to see if there were volunteer opportunities. Sindy joined the Newton Food Pantry in 2020 as a Wednesday morning volunteer. In January 2021 she joined the Newton Food Pantry leadership team to launch the Newton Community freedge Collaborative.

An avid nonprofit leader and fundraiser with more than 25 years of experience as a non-profit administrator, Sindy has managed and served on nonprofit boards and was the Executive Director of an interfaith youth social justice organization. Sindy’s experience includes mission-driven program development and strategic planning, constituent engagement, process and system improvement, and fundraising.

Sindy lives in Newton Highlands with her loveable Tibetan terrier named Nick. She is a parent of two young adult sons, ages 24 and 21. She’s passionate about supporting causes that help to build Israeli/Palestinian coexistence.

Sindy’s favorite part of being a volunteer is supporting the new freedge.

Ron Joseph

Treasurer

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Ron Joseph
Treasurer

Ron joined the Newton Food Pantry in 2014 as a Wednesday afternoon volunteer after seeing an announcement in the Newton Tab. As someone who has always been politically active and interested in food security issues, Ron served on the board and as President of the Amherst Food Co-op when he lived in Western Massachusetts in the 1970s. He then went on to help organize a spinoff, the Northampton Food Co-op. When he moved to Cambridge he became active in the Cambridge Food Co-op.

Ron is a seasoned financial professional with a wealth of experience working with other members on nonprofit boards, from food co-ops to after-school programs to little leagues and more. In 2003, he retired from full-time work as Director of Rates and Budget at the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority to care for his wife.

Ron lives in West Newton. He is a widower with two adult sons. In his spare time, Ron enjoys playing pickleball, biking and basketball. He also likes keeping in touch with friends and family.

Ron’s favorite part of being a volunteer is handling the finances and the camaraderie with other volunteers on distribution days.

Megan Russel

Clerk

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Megan Russel
Clerk

Interested in issues around food insecurity and seeking an opportunity to get more involved in the community, Megan started volunteering for the Newton Food Pantry in 2017. Megan started as a Wednesday afternoon volunteer and shift supervisor where she managed client interactions. She now plays an integral role in the ongoing support of the Newton Community freedge Collaborative.

Megan is a registered nurse with a strong background in maternal-child health and loves the ability to bring her passion surrounding the connection between health and food to the Newton Food Pantry. That knowledge and passion, coupled with her strong organizational skills, has enabled her to take on a variety of leadership roles at the pantry including her position as a co-founder of the pantry’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee.

Megan lives in Waban with her husband and three kids ages 13, 12 and 7. When not driving her 3 kids to their three schools, where she also volunteers, or getting them to their many extracurricular activities, she enjoys playing tennis, cooking and traveling.

Megan’s favorite part of being a volunteer is interacting with the clients and listening to their stories. 

Peter Shaevel

Peter Shaevel

Inventory Manager

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Peter Shaevel

Peter Shaevel
Inventory Manager

Peter joined the Newton Food Pantry five years ago in its Waban Library Center basement location, at the recommendation of his wife Robin who was also a volunteer. It was the Newton Food Pantry’s goal of making the community better that drew Peter to the role he is at now.

Peter is self-employed as a Manufacturers’ Representative and spends his spare time focused on supporting the Newton Food Pantry’s inventory needs and management of its logistics. He enjoys being part of a team that helps acquire the food we distribute to our clients.

Peter currently lives in Waban with his family and dog. He enjoys skiing, mountain biking, and hiking.

Peter’s favorite part of being a volunteer is interacting with our clients.

Marta Busto Kuperwasse

Marta Busto Kuperwasser

Inclusion & Volunteer Development Liaison

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Marta Busto Kuperwasse

Marta Busto Kuperwasser
Inclusion & Volunteer Development Liaison

Marta began working at the Newton Food Pantry in March 2021 as a way to give back to the Newton community, specifically the BIPOC community. Marta supports the pantry on Wednesday afternoons by assisting with overall operations and translation for Spanish-speaking clients.

Marta also works full time as Director of Operations for a nonprofit that centers intergenerational well being and equity in the lives of organizations and communities. This work is focused on bringing organizations in conversation with the communities they are serving.  

Originally from Nicaragua, Marta came to the United States as a child. After learning English she often helped translate for her mother. Through this experience, she gained an appreciation for how valuable it is to talk to someone who speaks the same language.

Marta has lived in Newton Lower Falls since 2003 and has three children, ages 22, 19 and 16.

Marta’s favorite part of being a Newton Food Pantry volunteer is meeting, interacting and learning with and from clients.

Colleen Nolan

Donor Engagement and Development Liaison

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Colleen Nolan
Donor Engagement and Development Liaison

Colleen began volunteering at the Newton Food Pantry in 2017 after her childrens’ elementary school was hosting a food drive to benefit the pantry. Shortly thereafter, she began volunteering as part of the fundraising committee. With the onset of the pandemic and the change in the pantry’s operational model, Colleen leveraged her high energy and strong organization skills to support the Wednesday afternoon distribution team.

Before becoming a full-time stay-at-home mom, Colleen worked in Human Resources for 11 years, inheriting skills that helped her in the many volunteer roles at her kids’ schools and within her community. Looking to make a real difference, she continued to increase her support and positive client impact at the Newton Food Pantry, taking on the new position as the Donor Engagement and Development Liaison.  

Colleen lives in Waban with her husband and two children, ages 12 and 10. When not chauffeuring her children to all of their activities and managing the daily chaos of their house, she enjoys spending time with friends and running with a local running group, Runners Up.

Colleen’s favorite part of being a volunteer is working with a team of people who are extremely passionate about what they do to help others in need in our community.

Advisory Council

  • Susan Paley — Vice President of Community relations at Village Bank
  • Eric Wetlaufer — currently sits on Board of Directors of: TMX Group, Investment Management Corporation of Ontario (IMCO), Enterra Solutions Niyogin
  • Nickki Dawes — Director of the Center for Community-Based Learning at Lasell University
  • Lauren Lele — Director of Community Benefits and Volunteers at Newton-Wellesley Hospital
  • David Sellers — Executive Director at John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club of Newton