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Memorial Hall Library

Food Resources in Essex County

Food Resources in Essex County

Please Note

The information on this page was updated October 2021. Hours marked out with strikethrough text represent formerly-offered services that are currently suspended or altered due to COVID-19 restrictions. However, hours and locations are subject to change, and we recommend contacting providers directly to confirm information before visiting.

Memorial Hall Library does not have a food assistance program but please ask at the reference desk if you need help contacting any of these resources.

If you need transportation to access these resources, Memorial Hall Library has MVTRA bus schedules and maps available, or visit


Project Bread

Call Project Bread's hotline for up-to-date food resources in your area.

TTY: 1-800-377-1292

Hotline Hours:
Monday - Friday | 8 AM - 7 PM
Saturday | 10 AM - 2 PM

Hot Meals

Bread & Roses

Provides a free hot meal with no eligibility requirements. (Currently offering Grab & Go meals due to COVID-19 restrictions.)

58 Newbury Street
Lawrence, MA


Monday-Thursday, Saturday | 4:00 PM-6:00 PM
Closed Friday & Sunday

The Center at Punchard

The Center at Punchard offers hot meals to seniors, Monday-Friday. A $3 donation is requested but a meal will not be denied to seniors unable to pay. The Center's Meals on Wheels service to homebound seniors or disabled adults of any age continues.

30 Whittier Court
Andover, MA


Monday - Friday | 12:00 PM (noon)

Common Ground

Offers a cafe (currently serving Grab & Go meals), food pantry, and emergency food by appointment only.

194 Winter Street
Haverhill, MA 01830


Monday - Friday | 12:00PM-4:00PM (Cafe)
Saturday - Sunday | 7:00AM-9:00AM (Cafe)

Cor Unum

Offers a free daily breakfast and dinner, year round, with no eligibility requirements. (Currently providing Grab & Go meals.)

118 S. Broadway
Lawrence, MA


7 days a week
Breakfast | 6:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Dinner | 4:30 PM -6:30 PM

Lawrence YMCA

Offers daily Grab & Go meals in addition to a weekly food pantry.

40 Lawrence Street
Lawrence, MA 01840


Monday-Friday (with additional meal given on Fridays for the weekend) | 3:00 – 5:00 PM

Lazarus House

Offers a free soup kitchen year-round (currently providing Grab & Go meals), as well as a winter soup truck from January-March. No eligibility requirements.


Lazarus House Soup Kitchen

412 Hampshire Street
Lawrence, MA

May – October Hours:
Monday – Friday
Breakfast | 8:30 – 9:30 am
Lunch | 11:30 am – 1 pm

November – April Hours:
7 days a week
Breakfast | 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Lunch | 11:30 AM – 1 PM

Lazarus House Winter Soup Truck

48 Holly Street
Lawrence, MA * stops at: Windsor House; Pemberton Park (Joseph W. Casey Bridge); Deacy House

January – March Hours:
Friday & Sunday | 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Food Pantries

Acord Food Pantry

Proof of residence in one of the 6 towns they serve: Essex, Hamilton,  Ipswich, Manchester, Topsfield or Wenham required. 

69 Willow Street
South Hamilton, MA


Wednesday | 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Thursday | 9:30AM – 10:30AM (Seniors 60+)
Thursday | 6:30 PM – 7:30PM
Saturday | 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Lawrence Community Fridge

136 East Haverhill St
Lawrence, MA 01840

Online Contact Form


Lawrence YMCA Food Pantry

40 Lawrence Street
Lawrence, MA 01840


Thursday | 4:00PM – 6:00PM

Lazarus House Food Pantry

Provides 4 days worth of emergency food every week with no eligibility requirements.

242 Hampshire Street
Lawrence, MA


Wednesday | 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Neighbors In Need

Provides food pantries for all who request it, with no eligibility requirements.


Hours & Locations:

So. Congregational/Iglesia Adventista Del Septimo Dia Jerusalen
198 South Broadway
Lawrence, MA

Tuesday | 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Christ United Methodist Church
207 Haverhill Street
Lawrence, MA

Tuesday | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Methuen Public School Family Resource Center 10 Ditson Place
Methuen, MA

Tuesday | 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Ministerio Apostolico Jesucristo es el Senor
96 East Haverhill Street
Lawrence, MA

Wednesday | 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Methuen Arlington Neighborhood, Inc
141 Tenney Street
Methuen, MA

Wednesday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Inglesia Adventista Del Septimo Dia
297 S. Union Street
Lawrence, MA

Thursday | 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Boys and Girls Club
136 Water Street
Lawrence, MA

Thursday | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Andover Senior Center Four Seasons Room
30 Whittier Court
Andover, MA

Thursday | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Third Baptist Church 22 Warren Street
Lawrence, MA

Friday | 8:30 AM- 9:30 AM

The People's Pantry

Food pantry every other Tuesday with no eligibility requirements. Provides refreshments and activities for children in addition to nonperishable goods.

190 Academy Road
North Andover, MA


Alternate Tuesdays | 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

SNAP Benefits

If you are struggling to afford food, you may be eligible for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits. To find out more, call 1-877-382-2363 or visit