Food insecurity rates in Massachusetts have doubled since the beginning of the pandemic, and the number of Salem residents seeking food assistance has tripled. With so many in our community struggling, the Salem for All Ages task force would like to share these food resources available to Salem residents. We also want to thank all of the organizations listed below for ensuring that no Salem resident goes hungry during this crisis:

For children and teens:

Salem Public Schools 

https://www.salemlearns.org/foodandnutrition/
SPS Food and Nutrition Service is serving breakfasts and lunches to all children and teens ages 18 and under during school closure. Multiple meals are provided to cover non-distribution days. 

Meals can be picked up on Mon/Wed/Fri at these school sites from 3:00-4:00pm: Bates Elementary School, Carlton Innovation School, Collins Middle School, Horace Mann Laboratory School, Saltonstall School, Witchcraft Heights Elementary School. Farmers to Families produce boxes will also be available at these school locations on Wednesdays and Fridays through December. 

Meals can be picked up on Mon/Wed/Fri at these housing sites:

  • Loring Towers, 1000 Loring Ave., 11:00 AM – 12:00PM
  • Pequot Highlands, 12 First Street, 9:30 – 10:30AM
  • Rainbow Terrace, Loring Ave., 10:00 – 11:00AM
  • Salem Heights, 12 Pope Street, 10:00 – 11:00AM

Salem Academy Charter School is serving meals to all youth ages 21 and under. Multiple meals are provided to cover non-distribution days. Breakfasts and lunches can be picked up on Mon/Wed/Fri from 10:00 – 11:00 AM at the end of Lynch Street.

Resources for all Salem residents:

The Salem Pantry
Phone: 978-552-3954
www.thesalempantry.org
The Salem Pantry is providing groceries at the following locations:

  • Mondays: Salem Academy Charter School from 10:00 – 11:00AM; Bates Elementary School, Carlton Innovation School, Saltonstall School & Witchcraft Heights Elementary School from 3:00-4:00 PM
  • Wednesdays: Salem State University, 68 Loring Avenue from 10:00-12:00PM
  • Fridays: Loring Towers, Pequot Highlands, Salem Heights from 9:00 -10:00 AM
  • Saturdays (twice monthly): Espacio/Palmer Cove Park (end of Congress Street) from 10:00AM – 12:00PM on 11/7, 11/21, 12/5 & 12/19

Haven from Hunger at Citizens Inn 
Address: 71 Wallis Street, Peabody, MA 
Phone: 978-531-1530 
www.citizensinn.org/haven-from-hunger/ 
Pantry Hours: Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri 10:30-2:00PM
Senior hours: 9:00AM-10AM M/T/TH/F

Root
www.rootns.org
Prepared community meals; partnering with the Salem Pantry, Salem Housing Authority, Girls & Boys Club, Lifebridge, Plummer Home, Council on Aging

Salvation Army 
Address: 93 North Street, Salem, MA 01970 
Phone: 978-744-5181 
www.salvationarmyMA.org/NorthShore 
Pantry Hours: Mon/Wed/Fri 9:00AM-11AM 

Food for the World 
Address: 8 North Street Salem, MA 01970 
Phone: 978-683-9949 
Pantry Hours: 1st & 3rd Sat. of the month 10:00AM – 12:00PM

Spur Grocery Delivery 
Submit your request at www.spur.community or leave a message at 781-451-7787. No delivery charge, but volunteers do not cover the cost of groceries.

Resources for residents 60+ (or 55+ with a disability):

Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)
Address: 401 Bridge Street, Salem, MA
Contact Joe Ericksberg: 978-744-0924 x43014
Held on the first Monday of each month at the Community Life Center for eligible seniors. Participants receive two bags of groceries and must sign up in advance.

Community Life Center Farmers’ Market
Address: 401 Bridge Street, Salem, MA
Phone: 978-744-0924
The Salem Council on Aging is providing free produce at a drive-up farmers’ market every Tuesday from 10-11 in the Community Life Center Parking lot until November 24th.

Meals on Wheels
Phone: 978-750-4540
Website: nselder.org/service-area/nutrition-programs-for-north-shore-elders/
Meal deliveries for adults aged 60 and over who are housebound.

North Shore Moving Market
Phone: 978-744-2532
Website: www.nsmm.org
Grocery delivery for adults aged 55+, or for those with disabilities who cannot travel to a traditional food pantry.

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