Helping Hand Food Pantry

The Helping Hand Food Pantry is open THE SECOND SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH, located at the rear of 364 Rindge Ave, Cambridge. The pantry serves from 11 AM - 1 PMGuests will be permitted to wait inside beginning at approximately 10:45 AM

Location

During St. James’s redevelopment, the Food Pantry is located at the Fresh Pond Apartments, 364 Rindge Avenue (the middle of the three tall towers) in Cambridge, 02140.

Hours

Second Saturday of the Month: 11 AM - 1 PM

No ID is required to visit the Pantry, except if you are picking up food for someone other than yourself. Then a photo ID is needed.

We recommend that you bring your own bags or cart. Please note that we do not have the capacity to allow clients to wait inside any earlier than 10:45 AM, so be mindful of the weather if you arrive early. 

Volunteers needed!

Anyone interested in volunteering at the Food Pantry should contact John Bell at j.frederick.bell@gmail.com. Volunteers are needed on Fridays from 11 AM - 2 PM to offload deliveries from the Greater Boston Food Bank and other food providers. On Saturdays, volunteers are needed from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM and 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM to prepare and distribute groceries. 

Donations

We gladly accept donations of unexpired canned and packaged foods. Cans should be undented and unrusted, and package foods unopened. Please check expiration dates before donating, as expired items can’t be distributed and must be thrown away.

Food donations can be dropped off at our location, 364 Rindge Ave., during the following hours:  

Second Friday of the Month: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Second Saturday of the Month: 8:30 AM - 11 AM

Monetary donations are also much-appreciated. Checks should be made out to "St. James's Episcopal Church," with "Helping Hand Food Pantry" in the memo line. The entirety of the donation will go directly toward food supplies for the Pantry.  We appreciate your support to this very vital ministry!

Resources

Click here to listen to Michelle Holcomb's address on Food for Free at the Alewife Deanery Assembly on January 16th, 2014. 

Food Pantry Study