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Pantries and Other Programs

CAMBRIDGE ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY COMMITTEE (CEOC)-BREAD & JUSTICE FOOD PANTRY
11 Inman St. (617) 868-2900
Hours: Mondays & Wednesdays 4:00-6:00 p.m.; Tuesdays 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.; Thursdays 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Serves Cambridge residents with valid I.D. Accepts referrals for emergencies Monday-Friday 9-5.

CAMBRIDGE SENIOR CENTER
806 Mass. Ave. (617) 349-6060
Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Supplemental food pantry serving low-income elders (60 and over); fully handicapped accessible.

CAMBRIDGEPORT BAPTIST CHURCH -THE HARVEST
459 Putnam Ave. (617) 576-6779; harvest@bostonvineyard.com Hours: First and Third Saturdays of each month 9:15 - 11:30 a.m.  Clothes Closet (10¢ an item) and children's Bible Breakfast Club in addition to Food Pantry. Visits are not limited to once a month. Please bring photo I.D. on your first visit.

EAST END HOUSE FOOD PANTRY
105 Spring St. (617) 876-4444; eastendhse@aol.com
Hours: Monday, Thursday, Friday 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.; Tuesday & wednesday 10:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m.
Open to Cambridge and Somerville residents. First-time visitors need to bring a referral (from doctor, clergy, social worker, etc.). Please call before visiting.

MARGARET FULLER NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE FOOD PANTRY
71 Cherry St. (617) 547-4680
Hours: Wednesdays 5:00-7:00 p.m.; Thursdays,Fridays, and Saturdays 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
Serves residents of Middlesex County. First-time visitors need to bring:

  • Valid photo ID
  • Social Security Card
  • Proof of residence (such as a utility bill)
  • Proof of income (proof of assistance from DPA, MassHealth, Section 8, WIC, etc. is acceptable)
  • Proof of family size (birth certificates/ss cards for children, letter from social worker, clergy, etc.)

MASSACHUSETTS AVENUE BAPTIST CHURCH - Project Manna
146 Hampshire St. (617) 868-4444
Hours: Usually Fourth Saturday of the month opening at 8:00 a.m. Earliness is encouraged.

PENTECOSTAL TABERNACLE CHURCH PANTRY
77 Columbia St. (617) 661-9222; mail@PTspice.org
Telephone referral only (Call and leave a message on the answering machine to make an appointment). Delivery available ONLY to Cambridge residents with disabilities.

PROJECT BREAD FOOD SOURCE HOTLINE
1-800-645-8333 (voice) 1-800-337-1292 (TTY)
Food Stamp Advocacy; food pantry and meal site referrals (call for info about programs outside Cambridge).

PROJECT SOUP FOOD PANTRY DELIVERY PROGRAM
59 Cross St., Somerville (617) 776-7687; projectsoup@somervillehomelesscoalition.org
Serves Cambridge and Somerville residents who, because of a disability or impairment, are unable to get to -or carry groceries home from- one of the existing food pantries. Applicants will be asked:

  • to declare their income
  • to provide a letter from a medical provider explaining their inability to access existing pantries.

ST. JAMES EPISCOPAL CHURCH - HELPING HAND PANTRY
1991 Massachusetts Ave. 876-4381; helpinghand@stjames-cambridge.org
Hours: Tuesday 6:00-8:00 p.m.; Thursday 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.; Saturday 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Please bring picture I.D. and bags if you have them. Income must fall within USDA guidelines. Pantry entrance is on Beech St.

ST. PAUL A.M.E. CHURCH FOOD PANTRY
85 Bishop Allen Drive (617) 661-1110
Hours: Wednesday 12:00-2:00 p.m.; Saturday 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Please bring picture I.D. and address verification (such as a utility bill).

ST. PAUL R.C. CHURCH -DOLLAR-A-BAG
29 Mt. Auburn St. (617) 491-8400
Hours: Saturday 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Anyone may buy two bags of groceries for $1.00 each: one of vegetables, fruits, and assorted items & one of bread. Limit is two bags per visit; there is not a monthly limit on visits.

SALVATION ARMY
402 Mass. Ave. (617) 547-3400
For Cambridge and Somerville residents in need of emergency assistance. Call for an appointment; bring photo I.D.

WESTERN AVENUE BAPTIST CHURCH
299 Western Ave. (617) 661-0433
Hours: Second Wednesday of each month 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

WIC (Women, Infants and Children) PROGRAM
119 Windsor St. (617) 665-3750; 9 Jefferson Pk. (617) 661-4084; 1-800-942-1007
Supplemental food program for low- & moderate-income pregnant or nursing women, and children under five who are at nutritional risk.

ZINBERG CLINIC PANTRY
1493 Cambridge Street (617) 665-1606
A food pantry to meet the nutritional needs of people with HIV/AIDS. Open to patients of the Zinberg Clinic at Cambridge Hospital. Appointment Needed.


Weekly Schedule of Pantry Days & Times

*note: Most pantries limit visits to once a month.
See the list above for addresses, phone numbers, and requirements for visits (I.D., calling ahead, referrals, etc.)

Monday

East End House: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
CEOC: 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday

East End House: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Cambridge Senior Center: 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
CEOC:12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
St. James Helping Hand: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday

East End House: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Western Ave Baptist: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Second Wed. of the month)
St. Paul A.M.E.: 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
CEOC: 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Margaret Fuller House 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Thursday

Margaret Fuller House: 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
CEOC: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
St. James Helping Hand: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Cambridge Senior Center: 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
East End House: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Friday

Margaret Fuller House: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
East End House: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Saturday

Mass Ave Baptist: opens 8:00 a.m. (Usually Fourth Saturday)
The Harvest: 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. (First & Third Saturdays)
St. James Helping Hand: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
St. Paul A.M.E.: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
St. Paul R.C. Dollar-A-Bag: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Margaret Fuller House: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Abundant Life Church: Pickup for SERVE program (Usually Fourth Saturday)

Sunday

Sunday Morning Worship at Churches on this List
"It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'"
Cambridgeport Baptist Church: 10:45 a.m.
Massachusetts Avenue Baptist Church: 11:00 a.m.
Pentecostal Tabernacle: 8:30, 11:00 a.m.
St. James Episcopal: 8:00, 10:30 a.m.
St. Paul AME: 7:00, 9:00, 11:00 a.m.
St. Paul Roman Catholic: 7:30, 9:30, 11:00 a.m., 5:00 p.m.
Salvation Army: 11:00 a.m.


Meals

Project Manna
Massachusetts Avenue Baptist Church, served at 146 Hampshire St. 6:00 p.m., Monday and Friday evenings.

Faith Kitchen
Served at Faith Lutheran Church, 311 Broadway; Second and last Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday Meals
Served at First Parish U.U. Church, 3 Church St., Tuesday 5:30-7:00

Salvation Army
Wednesday night community dinner. Served at 402 Mass Ave., 5:00 p.m. Anyone in need of a warm, nutritious meal is welcome.
Lunches are served weekdays at 12:30 PM. Weekend lunches are served shortly after the drop-in center opens at 11:30 AM on Saturdays, and at 1:30 PM on Sundays.

Good Food/Good Friends Women's Meal Program
Served Thursday nights 5:45 - 7 pm. at the Lounge, St. James Episcopal Church, 1991 Massachusetts Ave.
All women are welcome.

Harvard Square Churches Meal Program
Served at Christ Church Episcopal, 0 Garden Street; Thursday 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Project Uplift
Union Baptist Church, 874 Main St., Served Thursday 5:00 p.m.

Loaves & Fishes Meal Program
Served at First Korean Church, 35 Magazine St. Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

Bread & Jams Sunday Meal Program
Vegetarian community meal. May 1 - Oct 15: served 5:00 - 7:15 p.m. at the Cambridge Common near Harvard Sq.
Oct. 15 - Apr. 30: served 5:00 - 7:15 p.m. at St James's Episcopal Church. Meals are handicapped accessible.
Clothing is also available, donated by the American Friends Service Committee.

Shelter Inc.
(617) 547-1885
Drop-in center serves meals Monday - Friday to homeless women 18 and over.

Meals-on-Wheels
Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services, 61 Medford Street, Somerville 02143; (617) 628-2601 TDD: (617) 628-1705
Eligible participants are 60 years of age or older; live in Somerville or Cambridge; and have physical, emotional or cognitive impairments, inadequate kitchen facilities, or other limitations which result in an inability to prepare nutritionally adequate meals. Participants do not need to meet any income eligibility guidelines. A donation of $1.50 per meal is requested, but not required. Participants with dietary restrictions can be accommodated with a doctor’s written authorization. People under 60 who live in Somerville or Cambridge may participate for $5.25 per meal ($5.50 for special diets)

Community Servings
125 Magazine Street, Roxbury 02119; (617) 445-7777
Hot meal delivery program for men, women, and children ill with or affected by AIDS in Greater Boston, including Cambridge.

Cambridge Senior Center Meals
Breakfast and Lunch served with a choice of either hot or cold items. Donations of $1.00 (breakfast) and $1.50 (lunch) are requested.

  • 806 Mass Ave; 617-349-6220 (7 days/week)
    Breakfast 8:30-9:45 a.m.
    Lunch 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
    Reservation required
  • 2050 Mass Ave; 617-349-6324 (Monday-Friday)
    Lunch 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    Reservation required

Senior Suppers
(617) 665-1665
Suppers served 7 days a week, 5:00-6:00 p.m., available to all seniors living in Somerville and Cambridge. Guest speakers once a month to answer health care questions. Suggested donation: $1.50.

  • Somerville Hospital, 230 Highland Ave.
  • Cambridge Hospital, 1493 Cambridge St.

Cambridge Somerville Social Club
54 Essex St; (617-576-6570)
A staffed drop-in program for Department of Mental Health (DMH)-eligible adults with psychiatric disabilities. Monday-Friday dinner served at 5:30 PM, Saturday dinner served at 5:00 PM, Sunday dinner served at 3:30 PM. Referral Needed; DMH eligibility required.

Cambridge Summer Meals for Kids
Served during the summer months: different locations have different hours. Breakfast and/or lunch distributed to children 18 and younger at youth centers and parks.

Summer 2006

Site

Location

Lunch Time

Start & End Dates

Ahern Park

6th Street

11:30-12:00

July 5th- Aug 9th

Pine Street Tot Lot

Pine & School Streets

11:30-12:00

July 5th- Aug 9th

Veterans Memorial Pool

Memorial Drive (Magazine Beach)

11:30-12:00

July 5th- Aug 9th

Moore Youth Center

Gilman Street (Hoyt Field)

11:30-12:00

July 5th- Aug 9th

(This information, as well as information on meals for kids outside Cambridge, is also posted at www.meals4kids.org)

Visit the Project Bread website at http://www.projectbread.org/free_meal_guide.htm for a guide to free meals in the Downtown Boston area, listed by days of the week.


Volunteer

Contact the programs on this page for volunteer opportunities; if you prefer to volunteer further "upstream" (with the organizations that supply many of the programs on this page), check out:

Food For Free
11 Inman St.
Cambridge, 02139
617-868-2900

The Greater Boston Food Bank
99 Atkinson Street
Boston, 02118-2701
617-427-5200

Project Bread
160 North Washington Street
Boston, 02114
617-723-5000

Waltham Fields Community Farm
UMass Extension, 240 Beaver Street
Waltham, 02452
(781) 899-2403


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