Food Assistance

People in need of food have several options. Newton case managers can help you access any of the food assistance programs listed below, or you may access them directly on your own.

Summer Food for Families (Click for flyer)

There are a number of options for Newton families with children under the age of 18 who need extra food to offset the loss of school breakfast and lunch programs during the summer months.

FUEL Backpacks for Newton Families
In July and August of 2018, the City of Newton and the FUEL program will offer Newton residents with children 18 and under backpacks of nonperishable staples to put extra food on the table for a couple of days. 

About the FUEL Summer Backpacks Program

What is the Fuel Summer Backpacks Program? The program is designed to help Newton families with children under the age of 18 have extra food to offset the loss of school breakfast and lunch programs during the summer months. Backpacks with a few meal's worth of nonperishable food will be available at locations across the city for families to pick up.

What's in the backpacks? Each backpack will have a few meal's worth of nonperishable items. Contents will vary, but are based on nutritional needs of children. Most of the backpacks contain three proteins (canned tuna, canned chicken, peanut butter), four fruits (fruit cups, fruit sauce), crackers, past and sauce, mac & cheese, and a nutritious snack.  Nut-free bags can be requested.

Where can I get a backpack? Click here for a list of community locations (and times) across the city where you can pick up a backpack.

How do I pick up a backpack? For each location, both children and adults can request a backpack at the main desk. You can only pick up one backpack at a time.

What should I do with the empty backpack? We request that you return the empty backpack to any of our locations. The ability to reuse backpacks keeps the cost of the program down and allows us to serve more families.

How many times can I use the program during the summer? We respectfully request that you pick up a backpack no more than twice per week per family.

Do I need to show income verification or other identification to get a backpack? No

I have other questions regarding services for myself and my family. Where can I get help? The City of Newton Social Services page  has information about available services. You can also call 617-796-1420 to make an appointment with a member of our Social Services staff for further assistance.

Newton Food Pantries
In July and August, families with children under the age of 18 can shop twice at the Newton Food Pantry and can pick up additional breakfast and lunch items at the Centre St Food Pantry.

Summer Meals for Kids
Free meals for kids 18 and under offered in various nearby towns. Click here to learn more or call Project Bread's Food Source Hotline at 1-800-645-8333 (Text: 617-863-6325).

SNAP - Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (food stamps)

SNAP Website - Check eligibility, apply online, learn more
Administered by the Department of Transitional Assistance
80 Everett Ave., Chelsea, MA 02120

Newton Farmer's Markets are now accepting SNAP benefits!
Cold Spring Park                 West Newton                                                       
1200 Beacon St.                  Elm St.
Tuesdays 1:30-6pm           Saturdays 10am-2pm
July 11- Oct. 31                   June 24-Oct. 7

WIC - Women, Infant, Children

WIC Website: Check eligibility, apply for assistance, find breastfeeding support and more
32 South St., Suite 201, Waltham, MA 02453

Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CFSP)

The CSFP is a once per month food distribution for individuals 60 years of age or older. For more information, including eligibility requirements, please click here or contact Emily Kuhl:, 617-796-1672  

Mobile Market

A free farmer's market style distribution of assorted foods for all, including veterans, military families, and seniors.

Where: The American Legion Nonantum Post 440, 295 California St, Newton, MA
Time: 10:00-11:00am
2018 Dates: Jan 19, Feb 16, Mar 16, Apr 20, May 18, Jun 15, Jul 20, Aug 17, Sept 21
To register, call: Ken Poirier at (617) 244-0440. Leave a voicemail with your name & phone number.
*Please bring reusable grocery bags, baskets, or a cart to carry your food.

Food Pantries -- 3 in Newton

(referral needed, please print & complete this form)

Food pantry participants may visit all 3 food pantries, if needed.

Centre St. Food Pantry
11 Homer St.
Tuesday's 4-7pm
Every 1st Saturday 11am-1pm

Newton Food Pantry
1000 Commonwealth Ave.
Wed. 1:30-5:00pm
Every 3rd Saturday 11am-12pm

Arabic Baptist Food Pantry
187 Church St.
2nd and 4th Friday's 11am-1pm
Twice per month

Newton Food Pantry

Phone (617) 928-6021
Click here to download the Food Pantry Application Form

Location: Newton City Hall (Basement Level)
1000 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton MA 02459

Enter from Homer Street side of building – look for our sign.

The Newton Food Pantry provides a 4 – 5 day supply of nutritionally balanced food, once a month, to supplement the basic food supply of Newton residents in need. Our shelves are stocked with canned goods, toiletries and, when available, meat, fish, fresh produce, salads, tofu, eggs, cheese, milk and other dairy products. Everything is free to those who have verified need. Open for shopping every Wednesday 1:30 – 5, and the third Saturday of each month 11am – noon.

Non-perishable food and toiletry donations may be dropped off outside our basement door whenever City Hall is open, or while the pantry is staffed: Wednesdays 9:30 – 1:30 and 2:30 – 5, third Saturdays 10 – noon.  By law, we only accept canned or boxed food that is unopened and within expiration dates.  We cannot accept medications, vitamins, or homemade food products.

The Newton Food Pantry is an independent, all-volunteer nonprofit organization that is not directly funded by the city or any government source. If you would like to help put food on our hungry neighbors’ table, please make checks payable to Newton Food Pantry and mail to the address above. Or give online at our website.

For more information, please contact volunteer Tracie Longman at (617) 928-6021.

Centre St Food PantryCentre Street Food Pantry

Phone (617) 340-9554
Click here to download the Food Pantry Application Form

11 Homer Street, Newton Centre, MA ; Enter on Furber Lane

The Centre Street Food Pantry is a 501(c )3 non-profit organization and a member of the Greater Boston Food Bank. It is located on the lower level of Trinity Church in Newton Centre at 11 Homer Street. The #52 MBTA bus stops nearby, and we are a few blocks from the Newton Centre T stop. The phone number is (617) 340-9554

The pantry is open every Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. and the first Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. to 
2 p.m. Eligible people are welcome to shop once per month.

If you would like to volunteer or make a donation of non-perishable food, household, or hygiene items please contact the pantry at If you would like to make a cash donation, you may mail it to the address above.

Arabic Baptist Church Food Pantry

The Arabic Baptist Church Food Pantry/Clothes Closet is a non-profit organization run by volunteers from the church, community, Boy Scouts troops, YMCA, and Eliot House. The Pantry is located at: 

Arabic Baptist Church Food Pantry
187 Church Street
Newton Corner, MA 02458
(617) 723-9766

Food and clothing is distributed the second and fourth Friday of each month from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The pantry provides a three-day supply of food once a month for eligible Newton residents.

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