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Donate Food


The Norwood Food Pantry remains committed to the health, safety and well-being of our clients and volunteers during these unprecedented times. In response to recommendations by the CDC, the Greater Boston Food Bank and most importantly for the safety of the community, we have transitioned to pre-packaged bags containing essential non-perishable items augmented with perishable items such as milk, cheese, eggs, produce and meat selections.

Food Donations


To ensure the food you are donating is not affected by hot or rainy weather, please drop off items in our donation bin located at 150 Chapel St, behind Grace Episcopal Church.

Donation Hours are between 9 AM and 12 noon- Monday thru Friday when a staff member can bring them inside. We are unable to accomodate donations on Saturday as we are serving clients. You can also drop off your donation in the box inside Stop & Shop. 

If you wish to drop off more than three bags or drop off at a different time, please call 781-291-3663 or email us at to schedule an appointment. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate large donations without an appointment.


We are only accepting donations for the items listed below, which will be given in our Grab-n-Go bags. 

Items most in need, listed in order of need

Top 10 Most Needed Items Requested Now:

  • Cereals: Cold (small 11-14 ounce sizes – Frosted Flakes, Fruity Pebbles, Raisin Bran, Honey Bunches of Oats, Fruit Loops, Mini Wheats, Cheerios, etc.)

  • Canned Soups (Vegetable and Chicken types, Tomato, Mushroom, etc.)

  • Canned Vegetables (Peas, Corn, etc.)

  • Boxed Rice Mixes (Rice Pilaf, Near East, Rice a Roni, any store brand etc.)

  • White Rice (regular and instant – small sizes)

  • Boxed Pasta (ziti, penne, rigatoni, macaroni, shells, spaghetti, etc.)

  • Canned Beans (Black, Red, Chick, White, Baked, etc.)

  • Canned Fruit (Pineapple, Fruit Cocktail, Peaches, Pears, Mandarin Oranges, etc.)

  • Canned Beef Stew, Hash, Chili with Meat) 

  • Spaghetti Sauce (small 24 -25-ounce jars)


Other "Always Needed" Popular Items

  • Ritz, Townhouse, Saltines, Wheat Thins or Peanut Butter Crackers  

  • Canned Pasta (Beefaroni, Beef Ravioli, any brand) 

  • Teas:  Regular, Decaf, Herbal and Decaf Coffee (Instant & Ground types)

  • Canned White Albacore Tuna in water 

  • Canned Chicken (5-ounce cans or small pouches)

  • Chunky Peanut Butter (small jars)

  • Macaroni & Cheese

  • Jams/Jellies:  Raspberry, Marmalade, Apricot, Grape, Strawberry, etc.

  • Cookies/Snacks (Oreos, Chocolate Chip, Granola Bars) or Brownie Mix, Cake Mix 

  • Instant Pudding Mix (chocolate or vanilla) and Gelatin (Lime, Lemon, Orange)

  • Pet Food: (small 3-5 pounds) dry/bagged cat or dog food is welcome.  

  • Hygiene Items (#6 Diapers, L or XL Depends, small dish/laundry detergent, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste) are also gratefully accepted.

​​Note:  The donations above are listed in order of need.  Small sizes are requested so they will fit in the To Go bags with other nonperishable items. Clients receive several To Go bags based on family size so large items are NOT required and are difficult to distribute.


Individual donations may be placed inside the pantry donation bin (no more than three bags). If you plan on dropping off more than three bags or running a food drive, please click here OR contact the donations manager at 781-291-3663.


Donations We Cannot Accept:
For safety and regulatory reasons, we cannot accept food donations that are open, homemade, damaged, dented, unlabeled, expired or do not reflect ingredients and expiration dates.  In addition, we cannot accept clothing, household items and any type of nutritional aids or medication (aspirin, cough medicine, etc.).If you are unsure about these guidelines please click here to contact our Donations Manager.


Thank you so much for your donation and continued support.

How to Donate Money

The Pantry is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, so your contribution is fully tax deductible. All contributions will be acknowledged. Donations can be made in honor of a special occasion or in memory of someone. You can either write your note to us on your check, or in the notes field in PayPal. 

To make a donation, send your check to:

Ecumenical Community Food Pantry of Norwood, Inc.
150 Chapel Street
Norwood, MA 02062

To donate by Paypal or credit card, click the donate button, you will be taken to a secure, paypal donation page. 

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