The Boston Food Pantry is operated by the American Red Cross of Massachusetts. Since 1982, we’ve been on a mission to help alleviate hunger and food insecurity among low-income communities throughout the Boston area. We provide food and nutrition resources to individuals and families at our pantry, through mobile distribution programs and a Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP). Our Food Recycling program diverts food waste from landfills transporting it to local farms where recycled into compost. As a trusted resource in our community, and one of the largest in New England, we proudly served more than 380,000 people, many of which are children, this last fiscal year (FY’21).
Staff and volunteers provide nutrition education and help our clients apply for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to better enable them to purchase more food. Through our mobile distribution programs – the Boston Public Schools (BPS) Grove Hall Alliance Initiative, East Boston Neighborhood Health Center (EBNHC) and Head Start (HS) Initiatives – we provided healthy food and nutrition resources to varying food insecure populations throughout our community.
Volunteers account for most of the peoplepower required for the Boston Food Pantry to service our community. Volunteers sort, bag, and distribute food at our location and remotely at our partner sites. We host volunteer opportunities on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, allowing people to build comradery with each other while addressing the growing problem of food insecurity in our community.
1033 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA 02118
(entrance door is on Proctor Street)
Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9:00am-11:00am
- Saturday, May 28, 2022 (Memorial Day Holiday)
- Saturday, July 2, 2022 (Independence Day Holiday)
- Saturday, September 3, 2022 (Labor Day Holiday)
- Saturday, November 26, 2022 (Thanksgiving Holiday)
- Saturday, December 24, 2022 (Christmas Holiday)