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570 Hillside Avenue
Needham, MA 02494

Needham Community Council Logo

570 Hillside Avenue
Needham, MA 02494

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Food Pantry

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Current Customers

For existing customers of
the Food Pantry.

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New Customers

Needham residents experiencing food insecurity are encouraged to become New customers.

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Giving to the Food Pantry

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Latest Food Pantry News

Direct Federal – Tech Support Day, Wednesday April 24th

On Wednesday, April 24, 2024, Direct Federal Savings and the Needham Community Council have partnered to provide one-on-one tech support in the Needham Housing Communities from 11am – 1pm. To reserve a 20-minute one-on-one appointment, please register here.

Now Offering Saturday Hours

To better serve the growing number of clients, the Food Pantry has expanded its hours. In addition to our Monday and Wednesday hours, the Food Pantry will be open two Saturdays per month, by appointment only from 10:30 am to 1 pm. Please use the sign-up to schedule a visit.

New Round of Extra-Curricular Scholarship Funds Available

With the help of generous donors, the Needham Community Council will continue to offer a scholarship program to help with the cost of your student/s extracurricular activities. Below are some guidelines and details of the program.

The scholarship program is open to any food pantry member aged 18 and under at the time they begin the class or program. Eligible households may apply to help support an extracurricular activity that is not already supported with another program or scholarship.

Programs that are eligible (but not limited to) are music, clubs, athletics, or driver’s education. Each household will be limited up to $500 per child, per year. Each household in total will be limited up to $1,000 per year.

Details & Application Here

Food Pantry Shopping Basics

The Food Pantry is well stocked and there will always be food available for our customers. The Council offers our customers a wide variety of shelf-stable items, fresh produce, dairy, proteins (meats, poultry, and seafood), and personal care and household products. On each visit, customers receive a week’s supply of nutritionally balanced food and personal care items free of charge. The Food Pantry is open by appointment only. There are NO walk-in hours. To plan your next visit please use the sign-up.

Please note:

  • Each household may shop twice a month.
  • Produce boxes are seasonal and are not customizable
  • You will have a choice of dairy and frozen items at pick-up.
  • If the Needham Public Schools are closed due to bad weather, the Food Pantry will be closed.

If you are unable to come for your scheduled appointment, please reschedule here, or call us at 781-444-2415.

Pick-Up Times

Regular Food Pantry Times:

Mondays   10:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Wednesdays  10:30 AM – 1:30 PM
4:20 PM – 6:40 PM
Saturdays (2 per month) 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM

 

Deliveries

For any customers that are unable to come the Council, we will deliver food to your home.  Deliveries are intended ONLY for households that CANNOT PICKUP.  If you are able to come to the Food Pantry, please sign up with the sign-up and schedule a pick up!  All deliveries are scheduled directly with the office, please call us.

  • Deliveries will be made on Tuesdays
  • All food will be distributed in pre-packed boxes
  • If you are not home or do not pick up the phone at your scheduled delivery day, YOUR FOOD WILL NOT BE LEFT.
Contact Info

Call us if you have any questions at 781-444-2415 or

email us at office@needhamcouncil.org

Plan Your Next Order

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How do I Make an Order?

On the Sign-Up Form, after you select your appointment time, follow the instructions on the diagram below to write what you Do Want and what you Do Not Want included in your order.

You may also call us to make an appointment and ask us to add the notes to your order: call 781-444-2415.

What is in a Typical Order?

If you do not want any of these items, please write the item in the “DO NOT WANT” section of the Sign-Up Form.

In additon to the below items, each order includes a box of produce filled with seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables.

Groceries Groceries Hygiene
Tuna Juice Toilet Paper
Dried Fruit/Nuts Pasta Paper Towels
Cereal Rice
Tomato/Spaghetti Sauce Snacks
What items are available by Special Request?

We try to keep the following items in our inventory. You may request them in the “DO WANT” section of the Sign-Up Form. We can’t guarantee their availability but will do our best.

 

Groceries Groceries Hygiene Household
Canned salmon Canned vegetables Shampoo Dishwashing soap
Canned chicken Oil or olive oil Conditioner Laundry detergent
Soups/broth Tomato paste Body wash All-purpose cleanter
Jelly products Shelf stable milk Body soap
Peanut butter Instant mashed potatoes Deodorant Specialty Diet
Canned beans Rice mixes Toothbrushes & paste Gluten-free items
Dry beans Ramen Tampons Low sugar
Ketchup Mac and cheese Menstrual pads Milk alternatives
Salad dressing Tea Incontinence pads Nutritional Drinks
Instant oatmeal Ground coffee Tissue
Oatmeal packets K-cups
Baking items Whole bean coffee
What if I get Expired Food?

On occasion the items you receive will be close to or beyond the “sell by” date.

There is confusion over what the different dates on the food really mean.  That date often does not mean the the food is spoiled, only that it is not at it’s best.

We’ve compiled a Fact Sheet that can help explain what the different dates mean:

Food Safety Fact Sheet

Other Food Pantry Programs

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Extra-Curricular Scholarships

Offering a limited scholarship program to assist with the cost of your students’ extracurricular activities like music, clubs, athletics or driver’s education.

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Financial Wellness

Starting April 24th, we are offering a Financial Wellness course for our Food Pantry Customers and ELL Learners. Class is 6-7:30 and runs for 5 weeks.

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Karma of Clothing

The Karma of Clothing program is back and here to help you look your best.  Schedule a styling appointment here.

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Birthday Gift Cards

We celebrate your child’s birthday with a gift card to Learning Express.  Be sure we have the correct birthdate information so we can send a card on the month of their special day. 

 

Other Available Resources

Other Food Resources

SNAP Support
Supplemental nutrition assistance program provides income eligible families in MA with extra buying power.

Now the Needham Farmers Market accepts SNAP EBT Customers.
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More information about SNAP

Using your SNAP EBT card on Instacart

Project Bread
Project Bread can help you with registering with SNAP or find additional food resources near you.

PROJECT BREAD or  Call 1-800-645-8333

WIC – Women, Infants & Children Nutrition Program
provides healthy foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and referrals to healthcare and other services, free of charge, to Massachusetts families who qualify.

WIC Information for Participants or Contact at (800) 942-1007.

Lasagna Love

Local chefs are ready to make a lasagna dinner for our food pantry customers, all you have to do is ask.  Request a dinner through their website.

Lasagna Love

 

Kindness Cakes

A special birthday cake for your child, baked especially for you by a local baker.  Please contact them directly to request a cake, allow at least 2 weeks for them to find a baker and plan.

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Utility Help

Are you struggling with your utilites or heating bills?  The Gift of Warmth program is here to help please contact the Needham Health Department at 781-455-7940 ext. 218

Mental Health Support

Free Mental Health Referrals
One of the challenges of accessing mental health is finding a provider that is able to help you and accepts your insurance.  The William James College Interface Referral Program is available at no cost to all of our Food Pantry customers. 
For more information on this program please call 617-332-3666 x 1411

United Way 211
Get help connecting with resources all over the US at any time day or night
Call 211  or   211 Website

Childcare & Early Education Support

Creative Start
The Newton-Watertown Creative Start Program offers Early education for preschoolers is available for qualified families.

Learn more about Creative Start Program

 

Family ACCESS Early Literacy Service
Free community services to provide educational experiences for all young children. 

 Learn more about it Family ACCESS Community Connection

Student Extra Curricular Resources

Many of the programs that are available in Needham already have scholarships available.

Below is a list and contact information for some of the more common programs. Please email the program

Charles River YMCA
These programs and membership typically have scholarships available for income eligible families. Please contact the email below or go in person to the Y to receive an application CharlesRiverY@ymcaboston.org

Needham Parks & Recreation
Most food pantry customer are eligible for a pool pass and classes. To apply for a scholarship begin by calling our office to get a referral letter. Then you should email Parks and Rec or go in person to the Rosemary Pool complex to request to sign up parkandrecreation@needhamma.gov

Needham Driving School
Some students at the high school qualify for free or discounted driving lessons. This is covered through the high school. Have your student reach out to their guidance counselor to arrange for this program. If there are portions that are not covered by the high school’s scholarship program, you may apply for the additional here.

Needham Youth Sports
There are many Needham sports teams like Needham Soccer Club, St. Joe’s or Needham Metrowest Basketball, Needham Baseball & Softball, and others that offer scholarships. Please EMAIL the program that you are interested in request a scholarship.
Needham Soccer Club: executivedirector@needhamsoccer.com

St. Joe’s Basketball: Steve Bloomberg / coachsteve39@msn.com

Needham MetroWest Basketball: needhammetrowest@gmail.com

Needham Baseball & Softball:

Other Programs
Many camps, ballet studios, and art studios can offer a discounted or free class to families that qualify. Please contact the provider to ask about options.

 

If there are programs that do not cover the full amount of the class or program, you are welcome to apply for a scholarship from us.

Learn more about the Council’s Extra-Curricular Scholarships

New Customers

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Current Food Pantry Eligibility

A typical Food Pantry distribution will include fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh meat and dairy, shelf stable products like soup, tuna, pasta, sauces and more including personal care products and paper goods.  You will be asked to complete the following registration form and mail of drop it off at our office at: 

Needham Community Council, 570 Hillside Avenue, Needham, MA 02494

Food Pantry Registration Form

We are not requiring income verification to join the Food Pantry.

If you are a resident of Needham and need food support due to income challenges, we are here to help!
  Please call us at 781-444-2415

Giving to the Food Pantry

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Ways to Give to the Food Pantry

   

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Food Drives

Do a dedicated Food Drive with all the foods we have a hard time finding affordably but our customers love!

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Make a Gift

We need your support now more than ever! Please consider giving today via our secure online donation form.

   

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Cans For Calcium

Turn your returnable bottles & cans into milk for the Food Pantry!

Drop off at Needham RTS or at the home of Jeff Dinneen: 1625 Great Plain Ave (end of driveway). 

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Amazon Wish List

We keep a running list of items that we need for the Food Pantry.  When you purchase an item, Amazon delivers it to us.

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Donate Your Time

Be a part of the team of volunteers that help keep our Food Pantry running and organized.

Our Food Pantry Partners

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