Helping Neighbors Facing Food Insecurity
Food Pantry Delivery
Since April 2020, Newton Neighbors has been running a food delivery program in which volunteer drivers deliver food from local food pantries to families who are unable to access the pantries themselves. We deliver from Newton Food Pantry, Centre Street Food Pantry, and the American Legion Nonantum Post 440 food bank, and our volunteers make 150-200 deliveries each month.
We are currently recruiting for volunteer drivers for September and October deliveries. Each driver delivers to 3-4 families, typically within a single village of Newton. The total time commitment is about 60-90 minutes. About 150 volunteers have already supported their neighbors through this program, and we welcome new volunteers to join this effort! You can sign up for one slot or more, whatever works for your schedule.
Delivery slots are on Wednesday afternoons each week, the 3rd Friday of the month in the morning, and the 3rd Saturday of the month in the afternoon. More details are available at the signup links to the left.
Bulk Food Delivery
We are proud to announce a new Newton Neighbors initiative to help address another dimension of food insecurity in our communities: opportunities for volunteers to deliver healthy, often locally-sourced food to Boston-area food pantries. This program is being run by Allen Katzoff, a longtime Newton resident who recently joined us at Newton Neighbors. In the spring of 2020, during the height of the pandemic, Allen started reaching out to food rescue organizations in the greater Boston area and organizing volunteers to pick up and deliver food to area pantries to help meet the increased need. Over time, Allen recruited over 70 volunteers who have delivered up to 40,000 pounds of food per month to area pantries. We are thrilled to welcome Allen and his volunteers into Newton Neighbors, and to collaborate to support and expand this important work.
Learn more about our partnership with the Community Freedge here. Sign up for a shift to support the Freedge!