Stock the Shelves
Hope and Comfort Inc.
To be happy, healthy, and confident, an individual must first feel comfortable in his or her skin. Positive feelings towards oneself can be difficult to achieve without the ability to look or feel clean. Think about how you feel after a hot shower or after you brush your teeth. The subtle confidence and readiness to face the world that comes with these small acts cannot be achieved without basic products like soap and toothpaste. At Hope and Comfort, we believe that everyone has the right to feel healthy, confident, and comfortable in his or her own body.
After speaking with the Greater Boston Hunger Network and its partner pantries, we found that personal care products are heavily requested by pantry clients who are unable to get these essential items elsewhere. Through the Stock the Shelves program, Hope and Comfort increases access to basic and critical personal care products in the Greater Boston community by placing these products on food pantry shelves. Every month, Hope and Comfort distributes toiletries including soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrushes to food pantries located in and serving Boston suburbs. These food pantries, a familiar and common stop for community members, deliver much needed toiletries to their clients.
Are you a pantry interested in receiving products from Hope and Comfort? Click here to request items.
Our Pantry Partners
Centre Street Food Pantry
The Centre Street Food Pantry is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that depends on the generosity of the community to help provide groceries, fresh, and frozen items to dozens of families from Newton and surrounding communities each week. We opened our doors in 2011, and meet approximately ten new families each month. For more information, visit us at www.centrestfoodpantry.org.
Newton Food Pantry
The Newton Food Pantry, the oldest and largest food pantry in Newton, has been providing supplemental food to those in need in our city for over 30 years. The NFP presently provides a 5-day supply of food and personal care products each month to over 600 Newton residents who experience food insecurity. The Newton Food Pantry is an all-volunteer non-profit that relies exclusively on financial and in-kind donations. To learn more, please visit www.newtonfoodpantry.org.
Jewish Family and Children’s Service’s Family Table
For 150 years, Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JF&CS) has been Greater Boston’s leading and trusted provider of comprehensive human services. JF&CS helps people of all faiths, races, and ages with the challenges of life.
A caring presence in the 100 communities it serves, JF&CS is proud to be the place that new mothers, young families, people with disabilities, fragile elders, and the chronically poor can turn to for vital and personalized services. Visit us at www.jfcsboston.org
A Place to Turn
A Place to Turn is a choice food pantry located in Natick that takes pride in providing Metrowest residents a friendly and dignified experience. Visit A Place to Turn at www.aplacetoturn-natick.org.
The Needham Community Council was started over 85 years ago during the Depression to help those in need. The food pantry itself has been in full force for the past 25 years. We serve Needham residents only. Our client base has grown from about 50 families to over 200 that are served on a monthly basis. It is staffed by Sue Biasizzo and an incredible group of volunteers. For more info, visit www.needhamcommunitycouncil.org.
St. Patrick’s Food Pantry
We serve folks in need who are residents of Watertown. We are open every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 to 11:30 am. Clients check in, get a basket and shop with the shelves labeled as to how many of each item is available. We have non-perishables and both a freezer and a refrigerator for meat, fish, eggs, cheese, etc. We are also a member of the Greater Boston Food Bank, receiving food from this great resource. Reach St. Patrick’s Food Pantry at 617-923-9680. ex 12 or visit us at 26 Chestnut Street, Watertown.
St. Joseph’s St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry
We are a small food pantry run by volunteers from our St. Julia Parish Saint Vincent DePaul Society and located at St. Joseph’s church in Lincoln. We serve our “Neighbors in Need” regardless of their faith. Because of our size we are only able to serve residents of Weston and Lincoln. We are open once a month on the last Wednesday (with some exceptions around holidays). For more information call 781-899-2611.
St. Mary’s St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry
St. Mary’s St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry serves over six hundred clients. We are open the first and third Wednesday of each month to residents of Waltham. Clients come on a rotating schedule to pick out food and some also receive vouchers to local markets. In addition, clients have an opportunity to choose items of donated clothing as well as all kinds of housewares, books, children’s clothing, toys, bicycles, and a vast variety of lovely things. Visit us at 133 School Street, Waltham or call 781-891-1730.
Wellesley Food Pantry
The Wellesley Food Pantry opened its doors for the first time in 1989. Operated for many years under the Friendly Aid umbrella, the pantry was incorporated as a nonprofit organization in March of 2011. Wellesley residents needing assistance should register in person at the Wellesley Food Pantry during the hours we are open. Bring the completed registration form with you, along with the requested identification and documentation. For more info, visit www.wellesleyfoodpantry.org
Lexington Interfaith Food Pantry
In November 1990 the Lexington Food Pantry opened its doors to distribute non-perishable food to residents in need of food assistance. Open on Saturday mornings, the Food Pantry is currently distributing food to 70-75 families. Visit www.lexingtonfoodpantry.wordpress.com
Acton Community Supper and Food Pantry
Acton Community Supper and Food Pantry was established in 1984. Located in Boxborough, it serves Acton and the towns that touch its borders. Learn more at www.actonfoodpantry.org
Sudbury Food Pantry
The Sudbury Community Food Pantry was started in 1990. Located in Our Lady of Fatima Church, it is presently staffed by a group of 85 dedicated volunteers, and assists approximately 60 to 80 families each week. Food pantry clients receive food without prerequisites, such as needs tests or letters of referral. For more info, visit www.sudburyfoodpantry.org