Only 1 in 3 food-insecure adults used a food pantry, according to a new study conducted by The Greater Boston Food Bank.
Indoor Shopping Update
Food distribution has moved back inside our basement space within Newton City Hall. ALL CLIENTS MAY SHOP TWICE PER MONTH. Masks are required. Watch our Welcome Back Video below for details.
How to Get Food
You must be a Newton resident to shop at this pantry.
- Please complete a New Client Form or pick up a form at the Newton Food Pantry during our hours of operation.
- Bring the completed form and proof of Newton residency when you come to pick up food the first time. Proof of residency can be a tax bill, rent statement, utility bill, phone/cable bill, or car registration. Driver’s Licenses are NOT an acceptable form of documentation.
Where to Get Food
As of September 1, all clients are welcome to shop at the Newton Food Pantry in our renovated space located in the basement of Newton City Hall. To find the pantry, look for the Newton Food Pantry sign on the side of City Hall, facing Homer Street. Enter through the door next to the sign, and a volunteer will greet you and direct you to the renovated Newton Food Pantry space. Clients should bring their own bags. Masks are required.
Clients should park on Homer Street or on Commonwealth Avenue. They can pull their cars up to the War Memorial Circle for loading after shopping. Volunteers will be available to help clients load bags into their cars.
City Hall is accessible from MBTA Bus #59.
When to Get Food
The Newton Food Pantry is open on Wednesday.
- Walk-in clients are welcome to shop from 3:00pm to 7:00pm on any two Wednesdays per month. Clients do not need to sign up in advance. They will wait to enter the pantry and shop in the order of their arrival.
- Clients who have made appointments between 12:00pm to 3:00pm are welcome to shop at their assigned time on any two Wednesdays every month. Currently, there are no more appointment times available. If you would like to add your name to the appointment waitlist, please call 617.796.1233. If you need to change or cancel your appointment time, select “Make or Change an Appointment” on our Contact page or call 617.796.1233. Clients who miss their appointment time are welcome to shop during walk-in hours.
If the Newton Public Schools are closed due to bad weather, the Newton Food Pantry will also be closed. Check local media for school closing information. We will also announce closings on the home page of our website. Please check our website before leaving home.
What You Get
Each client may choose a 5-day supply of nutritionally balanced food including dry goods, produce, dairy, proteins, and vital personal care products.
Other Food Resources
I have been going through a financial hardship these last couple of months, and it’s been very difficult for my husband to support all our family’s basic needs. After paying rent and utilities and providing school supplies to our children, we have less than $100 a week to feed our family.