Helping Hand Food Pantry

The Helping Hand Food Pantry provides groceries and referrals to individuals in need of assistance. We serve between 300 and 400 households each month. To learn more about our Executive Director, the Rev. Karen Coleman, click here.

Food Pantry 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.

Food Pantry Hours

Tuesday 12:30 - 1:30pm:      Open to all in the Greater Boston area

Thursday 11am - 12pm:        Open to all in the Greater Boston area

Saturday 10am - 11am:        Residents of Cambridge, Somerville and Arlington only

Anyone wishing to use the pantry must bring an MA Identification Card or Driver’s License. T-passes and EBT cards will not be accepted.

Volunteers needed!

Volunteers are much needed. If you are interested in helping out, please contact Rev. Karen Coleman at (617) 876-4381, or email her at

Donating food

The Helping Hand Food Pantry gladly accepts 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 Avenue, during the following hours: 

Tuesdays:     12:30 - 1:30pm

Thursdays:    11:00am - 12:00pm

Saturdays:     10am - 11am  

Please let the security guard know that you are there to drop off food donations. We are sorry that at this time we cannot accept food donations at the St. James’s office.  We appreciate your support to this very vital ministry!

Please note: You can send checks made out to St. James's Episcopal Church with "Helping Hand Food Pantry" on the memo line and 100% of that money will go directly for food supplies for the Pantry!


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