Keeping families together when economic and/or transportation issues provide challenges is important to the MSPCA. Currently, the COVID-19 virus may prevent people from being able to purchase pet food.
We have compiled this list of Massachusetts food pantries to help both families who need food and those who would like to donate pet food (dogs and cats), and will continue to update this list as we receive new information.
The pantries most likely to have pet food are listed below, but it is a good idea to reach out ahead of time. Contact your local food pantry to ask about pet food if you don’t find a convenient one below.
If you are unable to access food from the list of pantries below, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. In your email, please include the town you live in. We may be able to provide additional resources.
Please note that listings were accurate when posted, but changes may occur. If you know of any additional resources or notice any errors, please let us know at email@example.com.
Please note that most food pantries do not have pet food except when it is donated to them; you can contact your local food pantry to offer donations.
Greater Boston Area
350 South Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02130
617-524-5690 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Donations welcome – leave pet food in the bins outside of the shelter doors or purchase items from our wishlist.
Greater Boston Food Bank
70 South Bay Avenue, Boston, MA 02118
(to make donations only)
Tree of Life
295 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
*By appointment only during pandemic.*
Contact Carol: 617-501-3918
South Street Youth Center
17 St Rose St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
email@example.com or 617-477-8263
Gifford Cat Shelter Cat Food Pantry
30 Undine Rd, Boston, MA 02135
By appointment only (make an appointment here)
To donate: drop off cat food donations in the labelled bin outside of the main office at the address above.
The MSPCA at Nevins Farm in Methuen supplies pet food to many food banks in the Essex County area. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617-500-1610 to learn about other food banks that may have pet food in this area.
First Parish Church of Newbury
20 High Road – Rt. 1A
Newbury, MA 01951
Lowell Humane Society Pet Food Pantry for dogs and cats
951 Broadway Street Lowell, MA 01854
Open to all who need it by appointment only. *For COVID-related information click here.*
Open Pantry of Greater Lowell
13 Hurd St, Lowell, MA 01852
70 Lawrence St, Lowell, MA 01852
Northeast Animal Shelter
347 Highland Ave. Salem, MA 01970
Open by appointment only. Please reach out to Jamie to schedule an appointment: email@example.com or 978-745-9888, ext. 362.
To donate: Drop off pet food in the large yellow donation bin outside the shelter entry doors, or by purchasing via their Amazon Wishlist.
Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society Cat Food Pantry
63 Elm Street (Rt. 110), Salisbury, MA 01952
Serving Salisbury, Amesbury, and Newburyport areas, by appointment only
Cat food donations can be left on front porch.
Bread & Roses
58 Newbury St, Lawrence, MA 01840
978-681-8768 *Call for hours of operation during this time.
All Saints Food Pantry
120 Bellevue Avenue, Haverhill, MA 01832
Merrimack Valley Food Bank
735 Broadway Street, Lowell, MA 01854
Accept pet food donations but do not currently have any. Please call ahead.
Neighbors in Need
Serves Lawrence, Methuen and Andover
Donations of canned and dry pet food are welcomed at the Andover Warehouse (Building 18, Door #8 Dundee Park Andover, MA 01810)
Food pantry locations:
Tuesday Food Pantries
– 8:30-9:30 am So. Congregational/Iglesia Adventista Del Septimo Dia Jerusalen 198 South Broadway, Lawrence (map)
– 10-11 am Christ United Methodist Church 207 Haverhill Street, Lawrence (map)
– 5:30-6:30 pm Methuen Public School Family Resource Center 10 Ditson Place, Methuen **AS OF 3/18/20 THIS LOCATION IS NOW CLOSED**
Wednesday Food Pantries
– 8:30-9:30 am Ministerio Apostolico Jesucristo es el Senor 96 East Haverhill Street, Lawrence (map)
– 10-11 am Methuen Arlington Neighborhood, Inc 141 Tenney Street, Methuen (map)
Thursday Food Pantries
– 8:30-9:30 am Inglesia Adventista Del Septimo Dia 297 S. Union St. Lawrence (map)
– 10-11 am Boys and Girls Club, 136 Water Street, Lawrence (map)
– 4:00 – 5:00 pm Andover South Church 41 Central Street, Andover (map)
Friday Food Pantries
– 8:30-9:30 am Third Baptist Church 22 Warren Street, Lawrence (map)
**If you are not able to attend the pantry because you are ill or at increased risk please call 978-685-8321, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.**
Middlesex County/Metro West
MetroWest Humane Society – donations can be made to shelter location
30 Pond Street, Ashland, MA 01721
MHS Community Outreach Program distributes to:
- Ashland Food Pantry, 162 West Union St, Ashland, MA, 508-881-0140
- St. Bridget’s Rectory, 15 Wheeler Street, Framingham, MA 508-875-5959
- Holliston Food Pantry, 23 Water Street, Holliston, MA 508-429-5392
- Project Just Because, 86 South Street, Hopkinton, MA 508-435-6511
*Each food pantry listed above has eligibility requirements. Please contact them directly to determine if you qualify for assistance, as well as for a list of hours of operations.*
Stow Food Pantry
509 Great Road, Stow, MA 01775
Donations can be made via PayPal at http://stowfoodpantry.com/help-us/ OR by check to: Stow Food Pantry, Post Office Box 437, Stow, MA 01775.
Cape Cod and the Islands
MSPCA Cape Cod Adoption Center
1577 Falmouth Road, Centerville, MA 02632
If you need pet food assistance, please contact us for assistance 508-775-0940
A Helping Paw
PO Box 387, Buzzards Bay, MA 02532
For pet food, submit form on this page. Option for pet food delivery to your location. https://www.ahelpingpaw.org/services-pet-food-pantry
Lower Cape Outreach Council
Office: 19 Brewster Cross Road, Orleans, MA 02653
**LCOC will open two pantries daily beginning on Tuesday March 24-March 27th. We will re-evaluate on Saturday March 28th and make adjustments if necessary. Visit this website to see pantry hours and locations: https://lcoutreach.org/pantry-hours/
To donate: https://lcoutreach.org/donations/
Sandwich Food Pantry
331 Cotuit Road
Sandwich, MA 02563
To donate: http://sandwichfoodpantry.org/donate.html
** COVID-19 adjustments: On Wednesdays during 10am-12 noon, we ask that clients:
- Drive around the building to our back door.
- Stay in your car. Please.
- Give the volunteer your name and family size.
We will then bring a food order out to your car.
Hebron Food Pantry
11 Sanford Street, Attleboro, MA 02703
For details on hours see: http://hebronfoodpantry.org/how-to-apply.html
To donate: http://hebronfoodpantry.org
Annell Delorme Hagerman Food Pantry at Church of Our Savior
2112 County Street, Somerset, MA 02726
**COVID-19 alert: Our guests are invited to stay in their cars as we will NOT use the church basement as a gathering place for registration and meals. Registration and distribution of a take-out meal will occur at the rear of the church and pre-packaged groceries will be provided outside of the food pantry. These will start at 8:30am on Saturday distributions and at 6:00pm on Friday distributions. Additional details: http://foodpantry.church-of-our-saviour.com/
To donate: http://foodpantry.church-of-our-saviour.com/donate
Cupboard of Kindness Food Pantry
70 East Main St., Norton, MA 02766
**COVID-19 update: The pantry will be open Monday, April 6th, 4:30-6:30 PM, but handing out pre-bagged items to avoid unnecessary contact.
How to donate: https://cupboardofkindness.org/about-us
Norfolk County/South Shore
List of Norfolk County Food Pantries – Norfolk County Registry of Deeds
*Please call the food pantry ahead of time to check if they have pet food in stock*
South Shore Pet Food Pantry
Fourth Presbyterian Church:
340 Dorchester St. Boston, MA 02127
Hands and Hearts for the Homeless:
Church of St. Peter, 86 Court St. Plymouth, MA 02360
Hanson Food Pantry:
228 High St. Hanson, MA 02341
Interfaith Social Services:
105 Adams St. Quincy, MA 02169
Weymouth Food Pantry Pop Up Pantry:
Old South Union Church, 25 Columbian St. Weymouth, MA 02189, Location changes daily. Go to their website for more information
- Donations of 20 bags or fewer are accepted between 10:00 and 11:00 am on:
- Tuesday at The First Church in Weymouth at 17 Church Street
- Thursday at Crossroads Worship Center at 241 Broad Street, or
- Saturday at Old South Union Church at 25 Columbian Street.
- Larger donations are welcome at the Pantry’s Food Warehouse between 9am and 1pm, Tuesday through Friday. Address: 40 Reservoir Park Drive, Unit B, Rockland.
- Make a monetary donation
Wellspring Multi-Service Food Pantry
814 Nantasket Avenue, Hull, MA 02045
*Serves the residents of Hull. Please call Pat at 781-925-3211 ext. 112 to check if they have pet food in stock.
Metrowest Pet Pantry
376 Village Street, Millis, MA
Bay State Animal Cooperative
For Norwood and neighboring towns. Pet food swaps at 45 Windsor Road in Norwood.
Pantries that are supported by Second Chance Animal Shelter
Donations and monetary donations can be made at:
- SCAS Adoption Center at 111 Young Road, East Brookfield, MA 01515
- North Brookfield Community Veterinary Hospital at 372 N. Main St., N. Brookfield, MA 01535
- Springfield Community Veterinary Hospital at 67 Mulberry Street, Springfield, MA 01105.
- Worcester Community Veterinary Hospital at 831 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01610
Lunenburg Turkey Hill Family Lions Club
Food bank located at Lunenburg Public Safety Building
655 Massachusetts Ave, Lunenburg, MA 01462
*No longer taking food donations from public during COVID-19* (can still make gift card and monetary donations)
Located in Lunenburg, MA
Ginny’s Helping Hands, Inc. – closed 3/21 until further notice due to COVID-19
52 Mechanic St, Leominster, MA 01453
Ginny’s Leominster Food Pantry Resources
Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden Counties
Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society
171 Union Street, Springfield, MA 01105
163 Montague Road, Leverett, MA 01054
Visit Berkshire Humane Society’s website for complete list of Berkshire county options