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Free Food pantries /Food Banks

Food banks and free food pantries listed below help families that are facing hunger. The pantries are mostly located at churches and non-profits in the region. Most of the free food pantry locations may have an application process, which usually requires proof of income, residency proof etc. Using donations from the community, and relying on volunteers, the locations may pass out free boxes of food or serve a meal.

Acord Food Pantry
Address of center – 69 Willow Street P.O. Box 2203
South Hamilton, Massachusetts, 01982
Phone number – (978) 468-7424

Beverly Bootstraps Community Services Inc.
35 Park Street
Beverly, MA, 01915
Dial (978) 927-1561
Free food, clothing, and more is provided. They also help clients apply for WIC vouchers to get formula or SNAP food stamps in Massachusetts.

Amesbury Center – Community Action, Inc.
Address – 44 Friend Street
Amesbury, MA, 01913
Main number – (978) 388-2570
The local community action agency for Amesbury. Apply for programs including free food, groceries, and other meals. Counselors are available for case management and advice for other social services too. The goal is to help people regain self sufficiency.

Community Action, Inc. – Community Services Haverhill
Address is 145 Essex Street
Haverhill, Massachusetts, 01832
Dial (978) 373-1971
The center may pass out an emergency box of food to families living in poverty and offer referrals to other Essex County programs.

Community Service of Newburyport, Inc.
Address is 31 Green Street, 2nd Floor
Newburyport, MA, 01950
Main phone: (978) 465-7562
A free food pantry is on site. Also a clothing closet and thrift store are open for low cost items, such as personal hygiene. Can help people learn about and apply for housing, rent, and energy bill help.


Danvers People to People Food Pantry
12 Sylvan Street
Danvers, Massachusetts, 01923
Telephone number – (978) 739-4188
Provides meals and food, including Christmas and Thanksgiving assistance. There may be milk, canned meat, and other goods too, including free diapers.

First Universalist Society of Salem
Location – 211 Bridge Street
Salem, MA, 01971
Main phone – (978) 744-3224

Food Shoppe/St. Joseph’s Food Pantry
Address: 15 Hawthorne Blvd
Salem, Massachusetts, 01970
Dial – (978) 744-2532
Canned groceries, fresh fruits, and Meals on Meals for the homebound are some of the services run.

Haven from Hunger
71 Wallis Street
Peabody, Massachusetts, 01961
Telephone – (978) 531-1530
They offer USDA commodities too, including the The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) for families living in poverty as well as immigrants. Other services include Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas meals.

Jewish Family Service of the North Shore
2 East India Square Mall, Suite 200
Salem, MA, 01970
(978) 741-7878 Ext: 765
Apply for help, including food, regardless of religion.

Jewish Family Service of the North Shore, Cohen Hillel Academy
Location is 6 Community Road
Marblehead, Massachusetts, 01945
Phone number – (978) 741-7898

Lazarus House Ministries
Food pantry address – 48 Holly Street
Lawrence, MA, 01843
Telephone – (978) 689-8575
The charity will help low income families and the underemployed. A free food pantry has items such as rice, baby formula, and soup. There may also be financial help, free winter coats for Essex County children, and applications to free school lunches for children. Non-English speakers and immigrants can also get support.

Massachusetts Department of Veterans Services
Location is 65 Cedar Street
Haverhill, Massachusetts, 01830
Telephone – (978) 521-9668
Food, clothing, referrals, and financial assistance, including housing and medical, is offered for veterans and their families, including spouses and children.

Town of Merrimac
Address: 100 East Main Street
Merrimac, MA, 01860
Phone number – (978) 346-9549
Runs various local government assistance programs. A great place to also learn about federal and state of Massachusetts options too.

Merrimack Valley Catholic Charities – There are two offices in Essex County. They are below. Runs various social services, including, but not limited to, food pantry, clothing closet, and help for needs such as rent and electric bills. The elderly, Spanish speakers, and immigrants in Essex County are key clients.
0 Lawrence Street, Lowell, Massachusetts, 01852, Phone :(978) 452-1421
16 Ashland Street, Haverhill, MA, 01830, Phone:(978) 372-2828

Merrimack Valley Food Bank
Phone – (978) 452-7272
Coordinates programs in the region.

Ministerio Los Milagros de Jesus, Inc.
447 Essex Street
Lawrence, Massachusetts, 01843
Call – (978) 683-9949
Spanish and immigrants can get free food, information on SNAP or CSFP commodities, cleaning supplies, soap, and more.

My Brother’s Table
Address is 98 Willow Street
Lynn, MA, 01901
Dial – (781) 595-3224

Neighbors in Need
Location is 95 East Haverhill Street
Lawrence, MA, 01841
Main phone number – (978) 685-8321

North Andover People’s Pantry
Address – 190 Academy Road North Parish Unitarian Church
North Andover, Massachusetts, 01845
Dial (978) 687-7948
Emergency food boxes for people in a crisis situation.

Our Neighbor’s Table
Address is 127 Main Street
Amesbury, MA, 01913
Call the non-profit food bank at (978) 388-1907
Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets for the low income and homeless are available, along with a soup kitchen.

Pettengill House
Food bank organization address is 13 Lafayette Road
Salisbury, Massachusetts, 01952
(978) 463-8801

Salvation Army of Essex County Massachusetts – The offices are below. Most have food pantries, clothing closets, and run programs that can also provide Thanksgiving and Christmas meals and gifts. Very limited funding may be offered for bills like heating, medication, and maybe even expenses such as car repairs. Speak to a counselor for case management and advice on how to get back on track too.

  • One Franklin Street, Lynn, Massachusetts, 01903, call – (781) 598-0673
  • 93 North Street, Salem, Massachusetts, 01970, (978) 744-5181
  • 50 Elliott Street, Beverly, MA, 01915, dial – (978) 922-4522
  • 395 Main Street, Haverhill, MA, 01830, (978) 374-7571
  • 250 Haverhill Street, Lawrence, Massachusetts, 01842, (978) 682-8038

Essex County Community Foundation
The location is 31 N. Main Street
Ipswich, Massachusetts, 01938
Free items, non-perishable food, holiday meals and more is for Topsfield, Essex, Ipswich, Rowley, Hamilton, Gloucester, and low income Wenham residents.

Saugus United Parish – Cliftondale Congregational
Location is 50 Essex Street
Saugus, MA, 01906
Phone number is (781) 233-2663
Free emergency food is only given twice per month.

Somebody Cares, New England Chapter
Location is 19 Franklin Street
Haverhill, Massachusetts, 01830
Main number – (978) 912-7626

St. John The Evangelist Church
Main address is 174 Humphrey Street
Swampscott, MA  01907
It only assists parish residents. Hours are Tuesdays, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon and Thursdays, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Find groceries as well as free holiday meal programs (Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Easter).

The Open Door
Address of organization – 28R Emerson Ave
Gloucester, Massachusetts, 01930
Call (978) 283-6776 for hours and more information.
Anyone can stop by. Receive groceries, paper products, diapers, and more. They also run a local Meals on Wheels service for the homebound.

Greater Lynn Senior Services
8 Silsbee Street
Lynn, MA  01901
The center helps seniors and the homebound. Registration is required. Programs range from Meals on Wheels to congregate lunches, recreation activities, and specialty foods as well.

East Coast International Church
Address is 65 Munroe Street
Lynn, MA  01901
Dial 781-818-4153
The pantry is open Generally last Friday of each month from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Meals, groceries, and food boxes offered for people facing a crisis.

Veterans Northeast Outreach Center, Inc.
10 Reed Street
Haverhill, Massachusetts, 01830
Dial – (978) 521-9668
Government supported non-profit organization. Many assistance programs, both financial and non, are offered for military veterans and their loved ones.

All Saints Church Haverhill
Address is 120 Bellevue Avenue
Haverhill, MA, 01832
Phone – (978) 372-7721
A food pantry and thrift store are provided by the charity.

Good Hope Foods At Calvary Christian Church
The location is 47 Grove Street
Lynnfield, MA 01940
For information, dial 781-715-0203
Clients who are approved can use this Essex County charity up to 2 times per month. The hours are Sundays, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.,  and Thursdays, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon

Bread and Roses
58 Newbury Street
Lawrence, Massachusetts, 01840
For hours, dial (978) 681-8768
Supplies at the non-profit include baby formula, diapers, toiletries, clothing, and an emergency food pantry.

Bread of Life
First United Parish 460 Broadway, Everett, MA, 02149, call (781) 397-0404
Another site is at 54 Eastern Avenue, Malden, Massachusetts, 02148. Phone (781) 397-0404.
Hot meals are served, and they also deliver them. A pantry and soup kitchen are on site.

Open Door Cape Ann Food Pantry
28R Emerson Ave
Gloucester, Massachusetts, 01930
Call (978) 283-6776

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