Lynn Food Pantry


East Coast International Church
65 Monroe St.
(781) 818-4153
St. Joseph’s 40 Green St.
(781) 593-8049
TDC Church
56 Franklin St.
(781) 593-9931
Sacred Heart
571 Boston St.
(781) 599-2616
St. Stephen’s
74 South Common St.
(781) 599-4220
Tue. 9 AM
11 PM
Wed. 6 PM
7 PM
Every Other Wednesday
Families Only
Residents of Parish Area
Thu. 5 PM
7 PM
12:30 PM
2 PM
Fri. 3 PM
4 PM
Every Friday EXCEPT 1st Friday of Month
Freq. Once A Week Once A Month As Often As Needed Residents of Parish Area every other week.
All others once a month.
In Emergencies
ID All Served ID, Proof of Family Size and Income ID, Proof of Income And Address ID, proof of family size, income and address Photo ID and proof family size

Other Resources

Catholic Charities North
Description: Food gift card once every 3 months
Eligibility: By Appointment Only, Call Ahead
When: Call to get daily hours
Where: 117 North Common Street, Lynn, MA 01902
Address: 117 North Common Street, Lynn MA 01902
Phone: (781) 593-2312
Fax: (781) 581-3270
My Brother’s Table | Meals Daily
Description: Lunch and Dinner
Eligibility: No ID Required, Servers All
When: Monday through Friday 11:45 AM – 12:30 PM and 5:30 PM – 7:15 PM
Saturday and Sundays, Holidays: 2:30 PM – 4:15 PM
Where: My Brother’s Table, 98 Willow Street, Lynn, MA 01901
Address: 98 Willow Street Lynn MA 01901
Phone: (781) 595-3224
Fax: (781) 595-3224
Salvation Army Food Pantry | Emergency Food
Description: Emergency Food
Eligibility: Families with Children 1 x month, all others, 1 x 3 months
When: Pantry: Mon – Fri 10  – 11:30 AM, Must Call for Appointment
Bread: Mon – Thurs. 9:30 AM, no appointment necessary
Where: The Salvation Army on Franklin Street in Lynn, MA 01901
Address: 1 Franklin St  (Volunteers needed)
Phone: (781) 598-0673
Fax: (781) 598-9327
For Other Programs:
Food Source Hotline: 1-800-645-8333

SHARE Programs

Lynn SHARE Program


Lynn SHARE provides a package of high quality meats, fresh vegetables, fruits and more for the cost of $15 and two hours of community service. Food items may include chicken, ham, ground beef, potatoes, onions, carrots, broccoli, apples, bananas, oranges, pears, corn flakes and the Serve newspaper.
Lynn SHARE | Family and Children’s Services Program


Eligibility: n/a
When: Registration Monday through Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Pick up the fourth Saturday of the month (except holidays).
Where: Registration by phone. Pick up at My Brother’s Table, 98 Willow Street, Lynn, MA 01901
Contact: Ms. Diane Moses
Address: 111 North Common Street Lynn MA 01902
Phone: 781-598-5517
Fax: n/a
St. Vincent DePaul Society | Sacred Heart SHARE


Eligibility: n/a
When: Registration Monday through Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Pick up the fourth Saturday of the month (except holidays)
Where: Registration by phone. Pick up at Sacred Heart Church School
Contact: Mr. John O’Malley
Address: 571 R Boston Street Lynn MA 01902
Phone: 781-593-6334
Fax: n/a

Nutrition Programs

UMass Extension | Nutrition Education Program


Umass Extension provides nutrition education for families, youth and the agencies and groups serving them. They teach participants how to eat healthy on a limited budget.
Eligibility: Low income families and youth, including those who are eligible for WIC and food stamps
When: By appointment, Monday – Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Where: Initially by phone, staff will come to agencies
Contact: Ms. Jeanne Baranek
Address: PO Box 1076 35 Jackson Street Lawrence MA 01842-2076
Phone: 978-689-4744
Fax: 978-688-3456

Food Stamps

Department of Transitional Assistance | Food Stamps


Food stamp recipients are issued benefits through Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards. The EBT cards are debit cards that are magnetically imprinted with the recipient’s name, case number, and benefit amount. The recipient takes the EBT card to a grocery store and a machine automatically subtracts the amount spent from the benefit level. EBT cards also serve as photo identification.

The amount of monthly Food Stamp benefits is determined by the level of income, household size and household expenses (rent/ mortgage plus utilities). Income levels cannot exceed 130% of the federal poverty level. There are higher income levels for elderly and disabled households. The household’s resources (savings/checking balance, investments, etc.) cannot exceed $2,000 ($3,000 for households where at least one person is 60 years old or over).

There are situations in which an emergency Food Stamp EBT card is issued within seven days of applying (generally on the same day of application).

*The description of Food Stamps was taken from “Down & Out” A Manual on Basic Rights and Benefits for Homeless People in Massachusetts. Year 2000 Edition. © 2000. Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless. 288 A Street, Boston, MA 02210


Food Stamp benefits are available to everyone who meets the income and resource guidelines including homeless persons and shelter guests. There are exceptions to this rule. Applications for Food Stamp benefits are available at the local Department of Transitional Assistance office (see below). They are also available by calling the Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333.

To apply, a person must sign an application and bring proof of his or her eligibility. Acceptable proof includes social security cards, rent receipts, wage stubs or bank statements, if not working. The client is required to register for work or employment training at the Employment Support Program, show a social security card (or apply for one) and verify any income. Citizenship and residency must be verified only if the worker believes it is questionable.

EBT cards and PINs are mailed to recipients when they are determined eligible. An applicant need not have an address to receive them.

When: n/a
Where: Apply by phone at the Food Source Hotline 800-645-8333 or in person at the Department of Transitional Assistance, 35 Congress Street, Salem, MA 01970
Contact: Mr. Ed McNeil
Address: 35 Congress Street, Salem, MA 01970
Phone: 978-825-7415
Fax: n/a
Community Teamwork Inc. | Food Stamp Outreach Program


The Food Stamp Outreach Program is designed to educate people about Food Stamps. Individual clients should first call the Food Source Hotline at 800/645-8333. We provide food stamp application training for staff in agencies assisting eligible clients. Community Teamwork then provides literature, information and presentations to potential clients and agency staff regarding food stamps.

Eligibility: Elders on fixed incomes, families transitioning from public assistance, linguistic minorities and working families.
When: Monday – Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, evenings
Where: We will provide training to staff at your location.
Contact: Ms. Sheri Denk
Address: 167 Dutton Street Lowell MA 01852
Phone: 978/459-0551 x332
Fax: 978/452-230

Women, Infants an Children (WIC) Program

My Brother’s Table supplements the Federal WIC, The Woman, Infants, and Children Program, by providing formula and baby food to babies and children who are WIC eligible. Specifically, we serve children identified with Failure to Thrive who exceed Federal weight guidelines or are in the WIC waiting period or need specialized formula not provided by WIC.
Department of Transitional Assistance | Food Stamps


Eligible participants will receive vouchers for milk, cheese, eggs, tuna fish, cereal, fruit juice, infant formula, peanut butter, carrots, dried beans and peas.

Applicants must be a MA resident, a pregnant, postpartum or breastfeeding woman or an infant or child under 5 years of age. Applicants must have a nutritional need and have a household income that is less than or equal income guidelines. Applicants who currently receive TAFDC are eligible for WIC. Fathers, guardians or foster parents may also apply for their children.

When: Applicants must first set up an appointment to determine eligibility. Call 800/942-1007.
Where: 23 Central Ave, Lynn, MA 01901
Contact: Ms. Rebecca Buten
Address: 23 Central Ave Lynn MA 01901
Phone: 781-599-7290
Fax: n/a

Legal Services

Neighborhood Legal Services | Legal Services for Low Income Residents of Essex County


We help clients who are having problems getting necessary assistance from the Department of Transitional Assistance (the welfare office), from the Social Security Administration and from other agencies that provide assistance to the poor.  We help people who are denied benefits when they apply, whose benefits are stopped and those who believe they are receiving less assistance than they should be.  We can also sometimes help with problems about overpayments of benefits  (when the agency tells you that you received more than you were supposed to and demands the money back).  The programs that we help with include TAFDC, AFDC, EAEDC, Medicaid, Food Stamps, Social Security, SSI, programs for veterans and Emergency Assistance.  We are also sometimes able to help with Unemployment cases involving benefits from the Department of Employment and Training.

All low income residents of Essex County are eligible for services from NLS.  To be financially eligible, you must have income below 125% of the federal poverty level for your household.  You must also have a problem that is within the kinds of problems we handle.  There are no income eligibility requirements for elders

When: Monday through Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Where: 37 Friend Street, Third Floor, Lynn, MA  01902
Contact: Intake Worker
Address: 37 Friend Street, Lynn MA 01902
Phone: 81-599-7730
Fax: 781-595-2022