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Find Free Food In BostonLemontree is here to help you find the best food pantry near you. Food pantries and food banks are a great place to find groceries if you need some help. Many of these locations can help you find food as quickly as today. Whether it’s a church around the corner or a mobile food pantry, the places below should help. In addition, you should consider applying for SNAP (food stamps) if you don’t already get government assistance.
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    SNAP/EBT

    Massachusetts SNAP Self-Application

    10 minutes

    average wait time


    Info

    If you have a smartphone you’re comfortable using, the easiest way to apply for SNAP is to complete the application online, then download the mobile app to submit the required documents. Here’s the link to the online application: https://dtaconnect.eohhs.mass.gov/apply. The mobile app is called “DTA Connect App”. After you complete the application questions on the website, you can connect your account to the app & use your phone camera to take pictures of docs you have to submit! Another easy way to apply would be over the phone with this number: 877-382-2363

    Schedule

    • Today

      8:00 am–5:00 pm

    • Tomorrow

      8:00 am–5:00 pm

    • Next Monday

      8:00 am–5:00 pm

    • 8:00 am–5:00 pm

      every week on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

    Map of Massachusetts SNAP Self-Application

    Location

    80 Everett Avenue

    Chelsea, MA 02150

    directions
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    Food pantry (groceries)

    Catholic Charities Greater Boston / Yawkey Center

    11 minutes

    average wait time


    • Requirements

      • Bring ID and proof of residence
    • Offerings

      • Free Groceries

    Schedule

    • Today

      1:00 pm–3:00 pm

    • Tomorrow

      9:00 am–3:00 pm

    • Next Monday

      9:00 am–3:00 pm

    • 9:00 am–3:00 pm

      every week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday

    • 1:00 pm–3:00 pm

      every week on Thursday

    Map of Catholic Charities Greater Boston / Yawkey Center

    Location

    185 Columbia Road

    Dudley / Brunswick King, MA 02121

    directions
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    Food pantry (groceries)

    Grace Federated Church Saturday Food Pantry

    10 minutes

    average wait time


    Info

    Open to Residents of East Boston

    • Requirements

      • Bring ID and proof of residence
    • Offerings

      • Free Groceries
      • Clients can visit: Once a month

    Schedule

    • Sat, May 4th (next week)

      10:00 am–12:00 pm

    • Sat, May 11th (in 2 weeks)

      10:00 am–12:00 pm

    • Sat, June 1st (in 2 months)

      10:00 am–12:00 pm

    • 10:00 am–12:00 pm

      every month on the 1st Saturday

    • 10:00 am–12:00 pm

      every month on the 2nd Saturday

    Map of Grace Federated Church Saturday Food Pantry

    Location

    760 Saratoga Street

    East Boston, MA 02128

    directions
  5. How do I get food?

    You can receive food by visiting the food pantry or soup kitchen when it’s open. Make sure to check each resource page to see details like address, full schedule, and requirements.

  6. Can someone deliver the food to my house?

    Delivery services are very limited and are reserved for senior citizens or those with serious medical problems. If you believe you fall into either category, let us know and we may be able to help you find options in Boston.

  7. What do I have to bring?

    Every location is different! Please review the details included on each resource to see whether you need to bring any documentation like ID or proof of address, or supplies like bags to carry the food. If you don’t see any information on the resource, you don’t have to bring anything!

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    Food pantry (groceries)

    St. Luke's Pantry and Meal Program

    15 minutes

    average wait time


    Info

    Appoinments are given only in person at the church (201 Washington Avenue, Chelsea) on Saturdays from 10 to 11a.m.

    • Serve everyone who is an eligible participant from neighborhoods located in Northwest Flint area. In the zip code areas 48504 and 48505.
    • Requirements

      • Appointments required
    • Offerings

      • Free Groceries
      • Clients can visit: Once a month

    Schedule

    • This Saturday

      8:00 am–11:00 am

    • Sat, May 4th (next week)

      8:00 am–11:00 am

    • Sat, May 11th (in 2 weeks)

      8:00 am–11:00 am

    • 8:00 am–11:00 am

      every week on Saturday

    Map of St. Luke's Pantry and Meal Program

    Location

    201 Washington Avenue

    Chelsea, MA 02150

    directions
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    Food pantry (groceries)

    Catholic Charities Lynn

    30 minutes

    average wait time


    • Offerings

      • Free Groceries

    Schedule

    • Tomorrow

      9:00 am–12:00 pm

    • Next Monday

      9:00 am–12:00 pm

    • Next Monday

      1:00 pm–3:00 pm

    • 9:00 am–12:00 pm

      every week on Monday, Wednesday

    • 1:00 pm–3:00 pm

      every week on Monday, Wednesday

    • 9:00 am–12:00 pm

      every week on Friday

    Map of Catholic Charities Lynn

    Location

    8 Silsbee Street

    Lynn, MA 01901

    directions
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    Food pantry (groceries), Other

    Pilgrim Church

    27 minutes

    average wait time


    Info

    Free community lunch: Every Saturday from 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

    Food Pantry:

    Free Market: Every Saturday 7AM - 3PM Every Wednesday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (or until food boxes run out) (Start giving numbers at 7am) Please bring documentation of name and address You must bring your own bags (four bags are needed) or a carriage Numbers for getting food are distributed starting at 7:00 a.m.

    • Offerings

      • Free Groceries

    Schedule

    • This Saturday

      Other: 7:00 am–3:00 pm

    • This Saturday

      Food pantry (groceries): 12:00 pm–1:30 pm

    • Next Wednesday

      Food pantry (groceries): 10:00 am–2:00 pm

      • First come, first serve: open until food runs out
    • Food pantry (groceries): 12:00 pm–1:30 pm

      every week on Saturday

    • Food pantry (groceries): 10:00 am–2:00 pm

      every week on Wednesday

    • Other: 7:00 am–3:00 pm

      every week on Saturday

    Map of Pilgrim Church

    Location

    540 Columbia Road

    Dorchester, MA 02125

    directions

    Contact

    (617) 282-0456

    www.pilgrimchurch1862.org

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    Food pantry (groceries)

    Iglesia Biblica Faro De Luz

    5 minutes

    average wait time


    Info

    Grocery bag

    • Offerings

      • Free Groceries

    Schedule

    • Next Tuesday

      10:30 am

    • Tue, May 7th (in 2 weeks)

      10:30 am

    • Tue, May 14th (in 3 weeks)

      10:30 am

    • 10:30 am–

      every week on Tuesday

    Map of Iglesia Biblica Faro De Luz

    Location

    332 Bremen Street

    Jeffries Point, MA 02128

    directions

    Contact

    (617) 567-6022

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    Food pantry (groceries)

    YMCA Boston - VietAid

    5 minutes

    average wait time


    • Requirements

      • Must be income-eligible
    • Offerings

      • Free Groceries
      • 1 bag per family/person

    Schedule

    • Today

      10:00 am–2:00 pm

    • Thu, May 2nd (next week)

      10:00 am–2:00 pm

    • Thu, May 9th (in 2 weeks)

      10:00 am–2:00 pm

    • 10:00 am–2:00 pm

      every week on Thursday

    Map of YMCA Boston - VietAid

    Location

    42 Charles Street

    Dorchester, MA 02122

    directions

    Contact

    (617) 822-3717

    https://www.vietaid.org/

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    Food pantry (groceries), Other material needs

    Central Community Church

    25 minutes

    average wait time


    Info

    • They also offer free English classes on tuesday and friday at 9 am till 10:30
    • Requirements

      • First come, first serve: open until food runs out
    • Offerings

      • Free Groceries

    Schedule

    • Tomorrow

      Other material needs: 11:00 am–2:00 pm

      • Appointments required
      • Clothing may be available
    • Next Monday

      Food pantry (groceries): 12:30 pm

    • Fri, May 3rd (next week)

      Other material needs: 11:00 am–2:00 pm

      • Appointments required
      • Clothing may be available
    • Food pantry (groceries): 12:30 pm–

      every week on Monday

    • Other material needs: 11:00 am–2:00 pm

      every week on Friday

    Map of Central Community Church

    Location

    50 Bennington Street

    East Boston, MA 02128

    directions
  14. Do I need an appointment?

    Every location is different! Some places in Boston accept appointments, some require it, and others allow walk-ins. Please review all details on the resource page to understand how you should prepare for your visit.

  15. What kind of food do they have?

    Food pantries offer grocery-style items such as canned food, fresh produce, and dry goods like pasta or rice that you can cook yourself. Soup kitchens offer ready-to-eat items like hot meals or sandwiches. All of these locations may have different options on different days, so it is hard to tell what each one of them will offer any given day.

  16. Do they have vegetables?

    Pantries may have different options at different times, so it is hard to tell what each one of them will offer any given day. Most pantries in Boston do give out some form of vegetables, but they may be canned items.

  17. Do they have meat?

    Pantries may have different options on different days, so it’s hard to tell what each one of them will offer any given day.

  18. Any pantries open today?

    If you’ve signed up for personalized assistance through our text message helpline, please take a look at the links we’ve sent you! If none of the resources we’ve sent are open today, let us know and we can search for additional options. Here’s a list of everything in Boston that’s open today: Massachusetts SNAP Self-Application, Catholic Charities Greater Boston / Yawkey Center, YMCA Boston - VietAid

  19. Where are you located?

    Because our work is mostly virtual, the Lemontree team works remotely, and we don’t have an office in Boston for in-person visits. You can always reach us by texting 90847 between 10am-6pm, every day of the week.