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


Managing donations during is challenging! To ensure the food you are donating is not affected by the weather, we are requesting that you drop off items at 150 Chapel St. between 9 am and 12 noon on Wed, Thurs or Fri when a staff member can bring them inside.

If you wish to drop off a large donation (more than three bags) or wish to drop off at a different time, please email us at to schedule an appointment. We are unable to accommodate large donations without an appointment.


At this time 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:


  • Instant Coffee 

  • Spaghetti Sauce (24 ounce jars)

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

  • Canned Fruit (fruit cocktail or mixed fruit, pineapple, pears, peaches, etc.)

  • Cold Cereals (Raisin Bran, Frosted Flakes, Cheerios, Corn Flakes, Granola, etc.)

  • Canned Veggies (especially: Corn, Peas, French Cut Green Beans)

  • Flavored Oatmeal Variety Pack (small box)



  • Hash (Hormel/Mary Kitchen, Libby, Store Brand, etc.) 

  • Beef Stew (Dinty Moore, Armour, Store Brand, etc.)

  • Chili (15 ounce, Stagg, Hormel, Armour, etc.)

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

  • Canned Chicken (5 ounce cans or small packs)

  • Canned White Albacore Tuna (5 ounce cans or small packs)

  • Instant Pudding Mix (chocolate or vanilla) and Gelatin (Red flavors are popular)

  • Chunky Peanut Butter

  • Soups (especially: Vegetable, Minestrone, Clam Chowder, Lentil, Any Low Sodium) 

  • Macaroni and Cheese (Kraft, Annie’s or any store brand)

  • Crackers/Cookies (Chocolate Chip, Graham, Ritz, Townhouse, Wheat, Peanut Butter) 

  • Small bags (3-5 pounds) of dry/bagged Pet Food or cans are appreciated.  

  • Hygiene Items (dish and laundry detergent, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, #6 diapers) are also gratefully accepted.

NOTE:  The above suggested items are listed in order of need.  Our inventory level changes weekly so please check back with us and plan to purchase your donation items “on sale”.


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, unlabelled, expired or do not reflect Ingredients and expiration dates.  In addition, we cannot accept clothing, household items and any type of medication (aspirin, cough medicine, etc.). If you are unsure about these guidelines please 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:

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