Free Hot Meals, Food Banks, and Shelters in Greater Newburyport


Free hot meals are available in Newburyport and Amesbury six days a week. All are welcome to come and eat.

Donations are not required, but they are gratefully accepted. Volunteers to help cook, serve, and clean are very welcome.

Here is the weekly schedule:

Monday – Friday 8:30 AM  Coffee+   Salvation Army, 40 Water Street, Newburyport

Sunday (last Sunday of each month only) 3:00 pm  Food Pantry and Social Hour, Congregation Ahavas Achim, Washington and Olive Streets, Newburyport

Monday 11:15 am Lunch  Greek Orthodox Church, 7 Harris Street, Newburyport

Monday 5:00 – 6:00 pm Supper  St. Paul’s Church, 166 High Street, Newburyport

Tuesday 11:00am – 12:30pm  Lunch  St. Paul’s Church, 166 High Street, Newburyport

Tuesday 5:00pm – 6:00pm  Supper  Immaculate Conception Church, 42 Green Street, Newburyport

Wednesday 11:30 am Lunch Salvation Army, 40 Water Street, Newburyport

Wednesday 4:00pm – 6:00pm Supper  Our Neighbor’s Table  145 Main Street, Amesbury

Thursday 5:00pm Supper Salvation Army, 40 Water Street, Newburyport

Second Thursday of the Month: Byfield, Community United Methodist Church, Oak Ridge, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Fourth Thursday of the Month: Byfield, Community United Methodist Church, Quaker Hill . from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Friday 11:00am – 12:30 pm  Lunch  St. Paul’s Church, 166 High Street, Newburyport

Saturday 9:00 – 10:30 Breakfast  All Saints Church, 67 Friend Street, Amesbury

Food Bank programs

The following is a list of food pantries in the Greater Newburyport area.

Donations are always needed of nonperishable food items, particularly peanut butter, jelly, cereal, canned chicken or tuna, mayonnaise, ketchup, pasta sauce, canned stews, hearty soups, healthy snacks such as granola bars,  raisins, dried fruit and graham crackers. Household cleaning products, toiletries and hygiene items, including shampoo, razors, soap, toilet paper, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, feminine products, and diapers of all sizes are also useful. Donations by cash or check are always welcome.

Our Neighbors’ Table

Serves Amesbury, Boxford, Byfield, Georgetown, Groveland, Merrimac, Newbury, Newburyport, Rowley, Salisbury, South Hampton and West Newbury

145 Main St., Amesbury

Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday and Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Wednesday night hot meals: 4 to 6 p.m.

Food pantry: For residents of Amesbury and South Hampton, every Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Open on the second and last Friday and Saturday of every month to residents of Merrimac, Newburyport, Newbury, West Newbury, Groveland, Salisbury, Rowley, Byfield, Boxford and Georgetown.

More information: 978-388-1907, Emergency Food Hotline at 978-835-3016 or or email

Merrimac mobile food pantry

Merrimac residents only: Every first and third Saturday, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Merrimac Senior Center, 100 E. Main St.

 More information: 978-388-1907, Emergency Food Hotline at 978-835-3016 or or email

Community Action Inc. Amesbury Center

Serves Amesbury, Merrimac, Newbury, Newburyport, Salisbury, and West Newbury with clothing and food donations from local business and charitable organizations, (SNAP), and (WIC). In addition, we provide the federal assistance of Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) to Amesbury and Merrimac residents.

Amesbury Center Food Pantry

44A Friend St., Amesbury

Hours: Monday and Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. WIC hours are Wednesday 10:30-6:30 (closed last Wednesday of the month.

More information: 978-388-2570

Community Service of Newburyport

Serves Newbury, Newburyport and West Newbury

31 Green St., Newburyport

Hours: Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

More information: 978-465-7562,

 Salvation Army of Newburyport

40 Water St., Newburyport.  Serves Greater Newburyport

Food pantry: Monday 1 to 4 pm, Wednesday 12:30 to 4 p.m., Thursday, 1 to 5:30 p.m. Please arrive 20 minutes before closing. If you are a new client, bring your ID and proof of income. If you cannot come in during the regular hours because of work or other circumstances, please call for a special appointment.

Hot meal programs: Wednesday lunch at 11 a.m. and Thursday dinner at 5 p.m.

More information: 978-465-0883

 Congregation Ahavas Achim

53 ½ Washington St., Newburyport

Food pantry and social hour with hot appetizers: Last Sunday of every month from 3 pm to 4 pm. Open to all.

More information: 978-518-1504

The Pettengill House

13 Lafayette Road, Salisbury

Serves Amesbury, Byfield, Groveland, Merrimac, Newbury, Newburyport, Rowley, Salisbury, and West Newbury

Food pantry hours: Tuesdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m.

More information: 978-463-8801

Community Food Pantry

Community United Methodist Church, 11 Central St., Byfield

Hours: Open to residents of Byfield and Newbury every Friday from 1 to 3 p.m.

Free community meals: Oak Ridge on 2nd Thursday of the month and Quaker Hill on 4th Thursday of the month. from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

All are welcome. More information: (978) 238-9505

New Hampshire

Salvation Army, Hampton. 

Serves coastal New Hampshire. 418 Lafayette Road, Hampton, N.H.

Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9am-noon and 1-3 pm, Friday 9 am to noon.

More information: 603-929-1729

Seacoast Community Action, Seabrook

Serves Rockingham County, NH   683 Lafayette Road, Seabrook

Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

More information: 603-474-3507

Seacoast Family Food Pantry, Portsmouth

Serves Greenland, Hampton, Hampton Falls, Kittery ME, New Castle, Newington, North Hampton, Portsmouth, Rye, Seabrook and Stratham.

Hours: Monday and Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Wednesday 9 a.m. to 3p.m.

7 Junkins Avenue, Portsmouth, N.H.

More information: 603-436-0641 or

Service Agencies with Food Programs

Here are some helpful telephone numbers to use if you need food or social service assistance urgently.

Community Service  978 465 7562

Community Action  978 388 2570

Salvation Army 978 465 0883

Our Neighbor’s Table (Amesbury) 978 388 1907

Emergency food hotline 978 835 3016

Pettengill House (Salisbury) Emergency pantry, other services 978 463 8801

Hunger and Food Source Hotline  1 800 645 8333

Council on Aging (Newburyport) 978 462 8650

Homeless Shelters

These institutions offer help to people experiencing homelessness in the North Shore and Merrimack Valley. This list doesn’t pretend to list all the shelters.

  • Lifebridge, Salem, MA Clean/Sober 56 Margin Street Salem, MA 01970 978-744-0500
  • Emmaus House, Family Emergency Shelter, 150 How Street, Haverhill, MA, 978.241.3500 (Emmaus has several programs for people living with several kinds of challenges)
  • Mitch’s Place, Single Emergency Shelter, 127 How St Haverhill 978-241-3430
  • Crossroads House, Portsmouth, NH. Coordinated Access, State of NH 603-516-8143
  • Seacoast Interfaith Hospitality Network – Overnight Shelter, Stratham, NH 603-658-8448
  • Lazarus House Emergency Shelter, Lawrence, MA, (978) 794-8447,
  • Greater Lawrence YWCA, Women, 38 Lawrence St Lawrence, MA 01840 (978) 687-0331
  • Inn Between, families, 25 Holten Street, Peabody, MA 01960 (978) 532-2372
  • Lowell Transitional Living Center 205-209 Middlesex Street Lowell, MA 01852 978-458-9888 (Tom Barrington, a priest of the Episcopal Merrimack Valley Deanery, works here.)
  • House of Hope, familie, 812 Merrimack Street Lowell, MA 978-458-2870

Other Services

Directory of Greater Newburyport services provided by Pennies for Poverty

Referrals for Social Services from the Hugh Doyle Resource Center  978 465 1688

24-hour confidential domestic violence hotline at Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center  978 388 1888

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  4 Responses to “Free Hot Meals, Food Banks, and Shelters in Greater Newburyport”

  1. May I contribute cole slaw and corn bread this Friday, April 26th for lunch please?
    Best regards,

  2. How can I donate my time and money to the I.C.C. dinner on Tuesday?

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