Listed below are several food pantries that serve the Wakefield area. Additional information can be found by calling the state's FoodSource hotline at 800-645-8333, or visiting the web sites of the Greater Boston Food Bank or Project Bread.
- Americal Civic Center, 467 Main Street, Wakefield MA (Formerly at the First Baptist Church)
- Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 9am to 1pm and Thursday evenings from 6-8pm, except major holidays
- Non-perishable donations are accepted Monday through Friday from 9am-noon, or can be dropped off at Town Hall during regular business hours.
- Contact: 781-245-2510
- First Baptist Church, 8 Lafayette Street, Wakefield MA
- Hours: second Monday of every month ; doors open at 5pm ; dinner served from 6-7pm
- Free dinner provided to those in the Wakefield community who are experiencing hard times. No reservations are necessary.
- Contact: 781-245-1784
- 511 Main Street, Malden MA
- Serves residents of Malden, Medford, Everett, Melrose, Saugus, Stoneham, Wakefield, Reading, North Reading, and Winchester.
- Hours: 4-6pm on Wednesdays, 2-4pm on Fridays, clients can return every 4 weeks to pick up groceries.
- Contact: 781-397-0404 or email email@example.com
- Faith Evangelical Church, 200 Franklin Street, Melrose MA
- Hours: 10-11:30am on Fridays, 5-6pm every third Friday from September to June.
- Contact: Jody Dean, 781-662-8226
Pantry of Hope
- First Baptist Church, 561 Main Street, Melrose MA
- Hours: Tuesdays 3:30-5:30pm
- Contact: 781-665-4470
Reading Food Pantry
- Old South United Methodist Church, 6 Salem Street, Reading MA
- Available to Reading residents and non-residents who are active in a Reading church. Proof of residency and referral required.
- Hours: Mondays from 7-8pm and Fridays from 10:30-11:30am.
- Contact: Charlotte Harlan, 781-944-2636
God's Helping Hand Food Pantry
- First Congregational Church, Stoneham MA
- Available on Tuesdays by appointment to residents of Stoneham and surrounding communities.
- Contact: Sarah Churchill, 781-438-0097
National Hunger Hotline The National Hunger Hotline (1-866-3 HUNGRY or 1-866-348-6479), refers people in need anywhere in the U.S. to food pantries, soup kitchens, government programs, and model grassroots organizations. Live Hotline advocates inform individuals of resources in their communities Monday through Friday from 9am-6pm EST. Callers can leave a message outside of those hours and an advocate will return their call. Help is available in English and Spanish and online. The Hotline is funded in part by the USDA FNS and is managed by WhyHunger.
(last updated 3/24/13)