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570 Hillside Avenue
Needham, MA 02494

Needham Community Council Logo

570 Hillside Avenue
Needham, MA 02494


Food Pantry


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.


Giving to the Food Pantry

Learn more about how you can
give to the Food Pantry.

Current Customers


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General Shopping Info

Latest News
Mobile Market is Back!
Join the Needham Community Farm and the Council food pantry right in your back yard beginning June 7th. With a wide range of vegetables and expanded food choices, stop in at one of these locations!


Capt. Robert Cook Drive
Tuesdays, 5pm – 5:30pm


Tuesday 5:30pm – 6pm


Linden & Chambers
Friday 3 pm – 3:30 pm

Student Scholarships

Limited scholarship program to assist with the cost of your students’ extracurricular activities is available. Whether it’s music, clubs, athletics or driver’s education, we may be able to help.  This is a new program that you must apply to be considered for funding. Not all requests will be funded. 
Food Pantry Shopping Basics

Our food pantry is well stocked and we will always have food available for our customers.  All food pick-ups will continue to be contact-free and  done on an appointment only basis.

Each household may shop twice a month.

To plan your next visit please use the sign up .

Contact-Free Pick-Up Times
  • Contact Free Food Pick-Up Times:
    Mondays:         10:30AM – 12:30PM
    (sign up for this day closes the Friday prior at 2 pm)
    Wednesdays:  10:30AM – 12:30PM  &
    5:00PM – 6:00PM
    (sign up for this day closes the Tuesday prior at 2 pm)
  • All food will be distributed in pre-packed boxes
  • Pick up at curbside only – no entering the food pantry

For any customers that are unable to come the Council, we will deliver food to your home.  Deliveries are intended ONLY for households that CAN NOT PICKUP.  if you are able to come to the Food Pantry, please sign up with the Sign Up Genius 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
  • Masks must be work when your food is delivered
  • 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

Plan Your Next Order

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 fresh fruits and vegetables.

Can Goods Meats-Frozen Dairy Boxed Goods/Cleaning
Canned Vegetables Chicken Parts Eggs Juice
Applesauce/Dried Fruit Whole Chicken Mile (whole or 2%) Cereal/Oatmeal
Peanut Butter/Jelly Ground Beef Cheese Rice/Pasta
Shelf Stable 1% Milk Ground Turkey Coffee/Tea
Tomato Sauce Snacks
Canned Fish Toilet Paper
Canned Beans Paper Towels
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.

Hygiene/Cleaning Oil More Groceries
Diapers (Adult or Youth) Oil Baby Food
Feminine Products Ensure/Nutrition Drink K-Cup Coffee
Wipes Butter Cake Mixes & Frosting
Toothbrush/Toothpaste Yogurt Gluten Free Products
Body Soap (Bar/Liquid) Bread Baking Goods (Flour/Sugar)
Shampoo Fish (Frozen) Frozen Dinners
Laundry Soap Mac & Cheese
Dish Liquid Easy Prepare Meals
Spray Surface Cleaner Soup
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


Extra-Curricular Scholarships

A New program to help with the cost of your students’ extra-curricular activities.  


Birthday Program

During their birthday month, each child of your household (18 & under) will receive a gift certificate to Learning Express or TJ Maxx.


Gift of Warmth

Need help with the cost of home heating?  We support the Needham Health Department’s Gift of Warmth.  To apply call
781-455-7940 x 217


Other Available Resources

Rent or Utility Help

Are you struggling with your utilites or heating bills?  The Gift of Warmth program is here to help please contact Tiffany at the Needham Health Department at 781-455-7940 ext. 217

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

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.
SNAP Website

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.

New Customers

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New Customers

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


Ways to Give to the Food Pantry



Food Drives

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


Make a Gift

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



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). 


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.


Donate Your Time

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

Our Food Pantry Partners