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Find Free Food In DorchesterLemontree 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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    Food pantry (groceries)

    Catholic Charities Greater Boston / Yawkey Center

    15 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), 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)

    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 30th (next week)

      10:00 am–2:00 pm

    • Thu, June 6th (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/

  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 Dorchester.

  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)

    Bethel Tabernacle Pentecostal Church

    49 minutes

    average wait time


    • Offerings

      • Free Groceries

    Schedule

    • Sat, June 15th (in 3 weeks)

      9:00 am–12:00 am

    • Sat, July 20th (in 2 months)

      9:00 am–12:00 am

    • Sat, August 17th (in 3 months)

      9:00 am–12:00 am

    • 9:00 am–12:00 am

      every month on the 3rd Saturday

    Map of  Bethel Tabernacle Pentecostal Church

    Location

    12 Bicknell Street

    Franklin Field North, MA 02121

    directions

    Contact

    (617) 282-5706

    https://www.betheltab.org/

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    Food pantry (groceries)

    Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center

    16 minutes

    average wait time


    • Requirements

      • Appointments required
      • Pre-registration required by phone
    • Offerings

      • Free Groceries

    Schedule

    • Today

      10:30 am–4:30 pm

    • Next Wednesday

      10:30 am–4:30 pm

    • Thu, May 30th (next week)

      10:30 am–4:30 pm

    • 10:30 am–4:30 pm

      every week on Wednesday, Thursday

    Map of Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center

    Location

    895 Blue Hill Avenue

    Dorchester, MA 02124

    directions
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    Food pantry (groceries)

    ABCD Roxbury/North Dorchester Neighborhood Opportunity Center

    30 minutes

    average wait time


    Info

    • Offer a wide variety of baby care services
    • teenage services and care also available
    • Back to school care for school going kids
    • Offer food delivery services for seniors every end of the month after they have registered.
    • cradles to crayons services available
    • Ask on more services upon arrival
    • Requirements

      • Proof of address required
      • ID required
      • Call in advance for services
      • Requires ID for adults and birth certificates for children in the household
      • Appointments required
      • Completed application
    • Offerings

      • Free Groceries
      • Diapers available (must bring birth certificate)
      • Baby formula may be available

    Schedule

    • Today

      9:00 am–4:00 pm

      • Call in advance for services
      • Appointments required
    • Next Monday

      11:00 am–4:00 pm

      • Call in advance for services
      • Appointments required
    • Next Tuesday

      9:00 am–4:00 pm

      • Call in advance for services
      • Appointments required
    • 11:00 am–4:00 pm

      every week on Monday

    • 9:00 am–4:00 pm

      every week on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

    Map of ABCD Roxbury/North Dorchester Neighborhood Opportunity Center

    Location

    565 Warren Street

    Roxbury, MA 02121

    directions

    Contact

    (617) 442-5900

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    Food pantry (groceries)

    Berea Church Pantry

    25 minutes

    average wait time


    • Offerings

      • Free Groceries

    Schedule

    • Thu, June 6th (in 2 weeks)

      8:00 am–11:00 am

    • Thu, June 20th (in 4 weeks)

      8:00 am–11:00 am

    • Thu, July 4th (in 2 months)

      8:00 am–11:00 am

    • 8:00 am–11:00 am

      every month on the 1st Thursday

    • 8:00 am–11:00 am

      every month on the 3rd Thursday

    Map of Berea Church Pantry

    Location

    108 Seaver Street

    Roxbury, MA 02121

    directions
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    Food pantry (groceries)

    St. Mary’s Food Pantry

    23 minutes

    average wait time


    • Requirements

      • ID required
    • Offerings

      • Free Groceries

    Schedule

    • Next Tuesday

      9:00 am

      • First come, first serve: open until food runs out
    • Tue, June 4th (in 2 weeks)

      9:00 am

      • First come, first serve: open until food runs out
    • Tue, June 11th (in 3 weeks)

      9:00 am

      • First come, first serve: open until food runs out
    • 9:00 am

      every week on Tuesday

    Map of St. Mary’s Food Pantry

    Location

    14 Cushing Avenue

    Dorchester, MA 02125

    directions

    Contact

    (617) 282-3181

    https://stmarysdorchester.org/

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    Food pantry (groceries)

    Salvation Army/Kroc Center

    3 minutes

    average wait time


    Info

    • All clients must make an appointment either online below or by calling (617) 318-6940.
    • Appointments are ONCE a month!
    • Once your appointment time is confirmed, please arrive for your scheduled time.
    • Requirements

      • Appointments required
    • Offerings

      • Free Groceries

    Schedule

    • Next Tuesday

      10:00 am–12:00 pm

    • Tue, June 11th (in 3 weeks)

      10:00 am–12:00 pm

    • Tue, June 25th (next month)

      10:00 am–12:00 pm

    • 10:00 am–12:00 pm

      every month on the 2nd Tuesday

    • 10:00 am–12:00 pm

      every month on the 4th Tuesday

    Map of Salvation Army/Kroc Center

    Location

    650 Dudley Street

    Dorchester, MA 02125

    directions
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    Food pantry (groceries)

    Holy Tabernacle Church

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    • Offerings

      • Free Groceries

    Schedule

    • Fri, May 31st (next week)

      10:00 am–1:30 pm

      • Limited food pantry. Offers canned and non perishable goods
      • Fresh produce
      • Closed on major holidays
    • Fri, June 14th (in 3 weeks)

      10:00 am–1:30 pm

      • Limited food pantry. Offers canned and non perishable goods
      • Fresh produce
      • Closed on major holidays
    • Fri, June 28th (next month)

      10:00 am–1:30 pm

      • Limited food pantry. Offers canned and non perishable goods
      • Fresh produce
      • Closed on major holidays
    • 10:00 am–1:30 pm

      every 2 weeks on Friday

    Map of Holy Tabernacle Church

    Location

    70 Washington Street

    Dorchester, MA 02121

    directions

    Contact

    (617) 427-8022

  15. Do I need an appointment?

    Every location is different! Some places in Dorchester 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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 Dorchester do give out some form of vegetables, but they may be canned items.

  18. 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.

  19. 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 Dorchester that’s open today: Catholic Charities Greater Boston / Yawkey Center, YMCA Boston - VietAid, Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center, ABCD Roxbury/North Dorchester Neighborhood Opportunity Center

  20. Where are you located?

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