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Memorial Hall Library

Food Resources in Essex County

Please Note

The information on this page was updated February 2019. However, hours and locations are subject to change, and we recommend calling providers 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.

58 Newbury Street
Lawrence, MA


Monday-Thursday, Saturday | 5:00 PM-7:00 PM
Closed Friday & Sunday

The Center at Punchard

The Center provides a hot meal or bagged lunch for all seniors ages 60+. There is a suggested donation of $2.50; however, no one will be turned away. The Center also provides a Meals on Wheels service to homebound seniors or disabled adults of any age. Advance registration is required by 2:00 PM the previous day.

30 Whittier Court
Andover, MA


Monday - Friday | 12:00 PM (noon)

Cor Unum

Offers a free daily hot breakfast and dinner, year round, with no eligibility requirements.

118 S. Broadway
Lawrence, MA


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

Lazarus House

Offers a free soup kitchen year-round, 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 Essex, Hamilton,  Ipswich, Manchester, Topsfield or Wenham required. Appointment required for first-time clients.

69 Willow Street
South Hamilton, MA


Wednesday | 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Thursday | 6:30 PM – 7:30PM
Saturday | 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

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