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Pennies for the Hungry


 Providing Food and Shelter


Ensuring that families have food and other essential needs in the Merrimack Valley

Our tough economy has increased the number of people struggling to make ends meet, forcing more people than ever to choose between paying rent or feeding their families. The Pennies for the Hungry  program continues to support the needy at all-time highs. Hundreds of residents in the Merrimack Valley (many are children) were homeless or live in below poverty settings last year. And lack of affordable housing is at a crisis level.

With your help, we are working hard to ensure that families receive the necessary needs to live each day .Pennies for the Hungry & Community of Hope have created a community partnership to provide for those who are in desperate need through the face of Jesus.

By collecting your pocket change an donations, Pennies for the Hungry is able to serve the homeless as well as our Lord, please help us to leave nobody hungry in the Merrimack Valley

Please send all Donations to:

Pennies for the Hungry

Attention: Angele Fillion, President

333 Pawtucket Street

Lowell, MA 01854

(978) 441-0988



 Basic Needs Increase in the Summer


Summer is a time of warm weather, fun and freedom from school for most children. But for one in five children in the nation, summer can mean going hungry.

For many families whose children receive federal free or reduced breakfast and lunch, summer requires parents to find two extra meals a day for their children.

Many of these working families may need just a little extra help to remain self-sufficient, so Pennies for the Hungry and it's affiliated agencies are working hard to provide for them.



 Food Bank Options


Massachusetts Food Banks:

(For specifics on donations or volunteering please visit their Web site or call the number given)

Greater Boston Food Bank
99 Atkinson Street
Boston MA 02118-2701
Phone: (617) 427-5200
Fax: (617) 427-0146
Executive Director: Catherine D'Amato
Web Site: http://www.gbfb.org

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts
97 N. Hatfield Road, PO Box 160
Hatfield MA 01038-0160
Phone: (413) 247-9738
Fax: (413) 247-9577
Executive Director: David Sharken

The Open Door (food-rescue applicant)
28 Emerson Avenue
Gloucester MA 01930
Phone: (978) 283-6776
Fax: (978) 282-9684
Executive Director: Linda Spong

Worcester County Food Bank, Inc.
474 Boston Turnpike
Shrewsbury MA 01545
Phone: (508) 842-3663
Fax: (508) 842-7405
Executive Director: Jean G. McMurray
Web Site: http://www.foodbank.org

Boston Area Food Donation Locations:

(For specifics on donations or volunteering please visit their Web site or call the number given)

Boston Rescue Mission

Boston, MA
Telephone: (617) 482-8819 or (888) HOT-SOUP
Web Site: www.brm.org
The Boston Rescue Mission provides meals, shelter, and clothing for men women and children in the Greater Boston area.

Food Source Hotline (sponsored by Project Bread)
(800) 645-8333

Boston Free Meal Guide (listings by Project Bread)
Web Site: www.projectbread.org/free_meal_guide.htm
Although they do not take food donations, they provide listings of organizations that will.  Families and individuals can obtain information about free and low-cost food sources and receive a confidential food stamp eligibility screening.

Lazarus House

Lawrence, MA
Telephone: (978) 689-8575
The Lazarus House provides a food pantry, thrift shop, a soup truck, a dental clinic, a child-learning center, job-training, and an emergency shelter for people in the Merrimack Valley area.
Web Site: www.lazarushouse.org

Massachusetts Department of Education
Telephone: (888) 660-3663
Provides free healthy meals for children age 1 to 18.

Meals on Wheels and Senior Nutrition Programs
Telephone: (888) MEAL-HELP
Meals on Wheels delivers healthy meals in-home to those who cannot get out. Callers also obtain information on the locations of various free senior lunch programs.

Paulist Center
5 Park Street, Boston, MA
Telephone: (617) 742-4460
Web Site: www.paulist.org/boston/

Pine Street Inn
444 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA
Telephone: (617) 521-7626
Web Site:

The Pine Street Inn provides food, shelter, clothing, health care, and job training for men, women, and children.

Rosie's Place

889 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA
Telephone: (617) 442-9322
Web address: www.rosies.org
Rosie's Place provides meals, a drop-in center, and shelter for women and children in the greater Boston area. More than 250 women and children are served meals daily. 

Women's Lunch Place
At the Church of the Covenant
67 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116
Telephone: (617) 267-1722
The Women's Lunch Place offers breakfast, lunch, and other support for women and children Monday through Saturday. On Sunday mornings, the Church of the Covenant (where the Women's Lunch Place is housed) distributes groceries and other needed items at its food pantry. 

Community Servings

125 Magazine St., Boston, MA 02119
Provide hot meals to people with live-in aids. Accepts food donations of perishable and nonperishable materials.  They can pick up food or they will accept food brought to them.  Telephone: Danny Kelley (617) 445-7777

Project Soup
59 Cross St., Grace Baptist Church, Somerville, MA
Food pantry and suppers for Somerville residents. Monday dinners at 5 p.m., 95 College Ave. Supper served Thursdays.
Accepts items such as; canned tuna, peanut butter, pasta, sauces, and soups.
Telephone: Mary Todd or Sandy Harris, (617) 776-7687

Boston University Community Service Center
Student Food Rescue, 775 Commonwealth Ave., Room 418, Boston, MA
Picks up canned and prepared food for soup kitchens and shelters. Call to schedule pickups.
Telephone: (617) 353-4710

Boston Food Pantry
American Red Cross of Massachusetts Bay, 285 Columbus Ave., Boston, MA
Food donations, perishable and non-perishable of up to 10,000 lbs. 
Will pick up or has a loading dock for drop offs.
Telephone: Maureen Schnellmann, (617) 375-0700, ext. 230
Web Site: http://www.bostonredcross.org/donate/donate.cfm

Casper Emergency Service Center
240 Albany St., Cambridge, MA
Serving the homeless
Accepts food, winter clothing, underwear, personal hygiene items, volunteers.
Telephone: Win Poor, (617) 661-0600

Southwest Community Center
388 Granite St., Quincy, MA
Emergency food center, meals on Sundays and Tuesdays for homeless elders
Accepts nonperishable foods, computer, copy machine, paper goods, and Styrofoam cups.
Telephone: Nancy Bishop-Barry, ext. 103, or Marion Eisenberg, ext. 106, at (617) 471-0796

AIDS Project Worcester
85 Green St., Worcester, MA
Distributes food boxes weekly and holiday meals for people with HIV and their families
Accepts nonperishable foods, cereals, pastas, canned goods, soups, juices, tuna, peanut butter, turkeys, holiday candies, household products, fresh vegetables closer to the holidays.
Telephone: (508) 755-3773

Citizens for Citizens
80-86 Main St., Taunton, MA
Distributes groceries and food baskets to the hungry.
Accepts nonperishable foods.
Telephone: Debbie Mumford, 508-823-6346