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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

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

Current Customers

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General Shopping Info

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Latest Announcements

We just received a inventory of Nespresso cups that are available and containers of Trail Mix .  If you would like some with your next order just mention it on the sign up.

COVID Protocol

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
    Wednesdays:  10:30AM – 12:30PM  &
    5:00PM – 6:00PM
  • All food will be distributed in pre-packed boxes
  • Pick up at curbside only – no entering the food pantry
Deliveries

For any customers that are unable to come the Council, we will deliver food to your home.  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
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 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
Kleenex/Tissue
Razors
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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Birthday Program

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

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Back to School Supplies

Supporting going back to school this Fall with new school supplies.   Please complete the survey to  participate.

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Community Farm Mobile Market

Free produce direct from the Needham Community Farm coming to your home.

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 Support

Creative Start
The Newton-Watertown Creative Start Program is currently accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year.  Early education for preschoolers is available for qualified families.

Learn more about Creative Start Program

Apply for the 2021-2022 School Year here.

 

 

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

New Customers

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New Customers

Eligibility During COVID

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.

We will not be 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

Eligibility During Normal Operations

(Note: These requirements are not active at this time)

Standard Eligibility Requirements

Please complete the application forms (in the next section) and then make an appointment with one of the agencies listed below:

  1. The Needham Public Health Department (781-455-7940 Ext. 217). Note: you should leave a message and they will call you back.
  2. The Needham Housing Authority (781-444-3011).
  3. A social worker at the Council on Aging at the Center at the Heights: if you are 62 or older (781‑455‑7555).
  • You must  be a resident of Needham and all registered family members must live in the household.
  • You must meet income eligibility requirements. In general, if you meet the fuel assistance guidelines you will be eligible to use the Food Pantry. We may make exceptions for unusual circumstances. Call us.
  • You must have a written letter of referral from one of the agencies listed above.
  • Eligibility for the Food Pantry program is determined by one of the three agencies listed above; based on the income guidelines document in this link: Food Assistance Income Eligibility Guidelines.
Registration Forms

Each family must submit bothRegistration Form and an Income Verification Form:

  1. Food Pantry Registration Form
  2. Food Pantry Income Verification Form

If you have any  questions, contact the Food Pantry at 781-444-2415 Ext. 1050.

Live outside of Needham?
Call the Project Bread Food Source Hotline @ 1‑800-377-1292 or visit projectbread.org

Giving to the Food Pantry

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COVID Update

To keep our customers, volunteers and staff safe, we are not able to accept private food donations at this time.

Ways to Give to the Food Pantry

   

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Join the Ride for Food

Bike, Run or Hop your way onto our Ride for Food Team – our biggest fundraiser for the Food Pantry!

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Make a Donation

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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Katsiroubas Produce Box

Each week we buy 70+ produce boxes for our customers. You can purchase a box online from Katsiroubas and they will deliver 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.

   

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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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Food Drives

While we don’t accept private food donations, we are opening up to dedicated food drives.  

   

Our Food Pantry Partners

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