Local Food Pantry, Meal & Homeless Resources

Below are is a list of programs and resources for those in need of assistance with food, meals and housing.  Download a .pdf version of this information Food pantry, meal, and homeless resources April 2018  This list will be updated periodically so check back for the most updated information we have.


Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays:

  • 10-11:30 am, Emmanuel Baptist Church, 20 Hillside Ave, Malden (No calls please)

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays by appointment at 781.324.1970 ext. 301:  

  • Serves residents of Malden, Medford, Everett, and Melrose.  10-2 pm, Salvation Army, 213-219 Main Street, Malden. One visit per month. 781-324-1970  www.SalvationArmyMA.org/MysticValley  Open pantry; you choose what to take.  Those receiving SNAP benefits can use our food pantry once a month, 2 weeks after receiving SNAP benefits. -Those NOT receiving SNAP benefits must present: Current pay stub, ID and current utility bill to determine financial eligibility.


  • 3-5 pm, Pantry of Hope, next to us in First Baptist Church in Melrose, 561 Main Street, Melrose, MA 02176, phone 781-665-4470, email Melrose1BC@aol.com
  • Bring ID with current address but no geographic restrictions.  6:30-8pm.  Freedom Hill Community Church:  Food Pantry    77 Kennedy Dr, Malden, MA, 781-321-2121.  www.freedomhill.church  You are welcome to come once a month.


  • 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Bread of Life Food Pantry, 54 Eastern Avenue, Malden, (781) 397-0404  


  • 6-7:30 pm, Unitarian Universalist Church, 147 High Street, Medford. 781-396-4549
  • 3rd & 4th Thurs: *You may receive groceries once every 4 weeks if you are a resident of Malden, Medford, Everett, Melrose, Saugus, Stoneham, Wakefield, Reading, North Reading or Winchester.3 – 5:00 pm, Everett City Hall, 1st Floor, 484 Broadway 


  • Must be a resident of Melrose and bring ID the first time, may come twice a month. 10-11:30 am, Servants’ Heart at Faith Evangelical Church, 200 Franklin St, 200 Franklin St, Melrose,(781) 662-8226 .   Also on the 3rd Friday of the Month, 5:00 – 6:00 pm 
  • 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Bread of Life Food Pantry, 54 Eastern Avenue, Malden, (781) 397-0404 
  • 3rd Friday of the Month Must be a resident of Melrose and bring ID the first time, may come twice a month. 10-11:30 am, 5-6 pm (followed by a meal) Servants’ Heart at Faith Evangelical Church, 200 Franklin St, 200 Franklin St, Melrose,(781) 662-8226.


  • 2nd Sat of the month, pre-registration required: WIC/Hallmark Health, 239 Commercial Street, Malden.  781-338-7568
  • 3rd Sat of the month, 10-1 pm, Imani Temple, 265 Salem Street, Malden. 781-324-3378
  • Last Sat of the month, 3-6 pm, Holiness Food Pantry, 362 Salem Street, Medford.  Call 781-395-4100 or in case of emergency, 857-247-3218

First Sunday of the month: 

  • 10 am – noon, Philadelphie SDA Church, 575 Main Street, Malden 781-397-9143


Tuesdays: 5:30-6:30 pm, Bread of Life, 54 Eastern Ave, Malden; take out meal only (781) 397-0404


  • 12-2 pm, Philadelphie SDA Church, 575 Main Street, Malden 781-397-9143
  • 5:30-6:30pm, via Bread of Life at Salvation Army, 213 Main Street, Malden

Thursdays: 5:30-6:30, Bread of Life at Salvation Army, 213 Main Street, Malden, (781) 397-0404


  • 5:30-6:30, Bread of Life at First Baptist Church, 493 Main Street in Malden
  • Third Friday of the month, Servant’s Heart Food Pantry at Faith Evangelical Church, 200 Franklin Street, Melrose, 781-662-8226 following their Food Pantry which runs 5-6 pm. Melrose Residents Only; twice a month.


Many shelters you will see are for families, others are just for men, others are “wet” or shelters for alcoholics/addicts, others for those in recovery from addiction.  Call them in advance to verify hours and program availability.

  • Housing Families:  350 Cross Street, Malden, MA 02148, 781-322-9119, www.housingfamilies.org  Housing Families Inc. helps 400 homeless and extremely low-income people each day — 300 of these are homeless and formerly homeless children. Housing Families helps these children and their parents to grow and heal from their past traumas, including losing their home. We offer a range of academic and emotional supports (tutoring and counseling) which help children improve their grades and their self-esteem. In addition to supportive services, we operate nearly 100 units of affordable housing and transitional shelter. We seek to empower families and are steadfast in our mission to end family homelessness. 
  • St. Patrick’s Shelter Women’s Shelter: 270 Washington St, Somerville, MA 02143, http://www.ccab.org

An emergency and extended stay shelter for women only over the age of eighteen. Operated by Catholic Charities. No referral needed, walk in by 3pm. Hours of operation: shelter 24/7, Office 9/5 daily except for weekends. Serves all of Middlesex County. Clients need to call in the morning for bed reservation. Shelter pick – up is at the Cambridge Multi – Service Center, 362 Green Street, Cambridge (Central Square) at 4: 00 pm . Shelter offers bed and a food pantry on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It is not wheelchair accessible 

  • Somerville Homeless Coalition Adult Shelter: 14 Chapel St., Somerville, MA 02144, 617-623-2546, www.somervillehomelesscoalition.org

Operated by the Somerville Homeless Coalition.  An emergency and extended stay sober shelter for 12 men and 4 women. Call to get on waitlist (leave name and number on voicemail) and call daily to check on waitlist status.  Drug and alcohol testing.  Mandatory housing focused case management.  Required to save 50% of income during stay.

  • Somerville Coalition Family Shelter: 59 Cross Street, Somerville, MA 02145, 617-776-6661.  The shelter is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

This is a residential facility for families in a communal-like atmosphere where families reside together and share services and resources. The family shelter can serve five families at one time and offers housing search, case management, referrals to community resources such as school enrollment, child care, parenting skills, budgeting, etc. Referral required from DTA. The building is not wheelchair accessible

  • Medford Family Life Education Services:  2 Central Ave, Medford, Massachusetts 02155, Phone (781) 391-9116, http://www.headinghomeinc.org/.  Seems to be connected with “Heading Home, Inc” which has shelter & emergency services.  Shelters are in Cambridge, across the urban area, Dorchester and Roxbury, and a Women’s Drop-in Program that provides hot meals, clothing, counseling, and referrals.  

Call the Cambridge Shelter if you are homeless and seeking emergency shelter.  617-547-1885

  • ABCD runs the Mystic Valley Opportunity Center in Malden, which has a Homeless Outreach team. ABCD also took over operations from Tri-CAP of a rooming house in Malden (permanent housing for formerly homeless) and a transitional house (for homeless), both of which hold about 12 – 14 single men & women.

Mystic Valley Opportunity Center, 110 Pleasant St., Malden, MA, 781-321-3431.

The director is Richard Matos-Haile richard.matos-haile@bostonabcd.org