Canton Food Pantry

New Clients-Canton Residents Only

To sign up to use the pantry, please visit us at 960 R Washington Street, located on the Canton High School Campus, Behind the Marilyn Rodman building. You will need to bring in proof of your canton address for each household member. 1 card per household.

Adults : Please provide 2 of the following documents for each adult in your household: Utility/Phone Bill, Lease Agreement, Property Tax Bill, Mortgage Statement or current piece of mail with your canton address.

For children
: Please provide 1 document for each child under age  of 18. School Records, Immunization Records with your current address.

Canton Food Pantry Rules During the Pandemic
Days/hours are Tuesday and Wednesday, 9:15-11:15 am
and the first Saturday of the month, 10:00-10:30 am

Stay in your vehicle and a volunteer will assist you.

If you require special consideration due to health or transportation issues, please call Diane Tynan@Canton Senior Center, 781-828-1323 and she will assist in making arrangements to get groceries to you.


Our purpose is to provide free food to eligible Canton residents.  We serve many individuals and families, on a temporary basis, who have been affected by economic problems.  The Food Pantry is operated entirely by volunteers who wish to help their fellow townspeople, by providing a basic human necessity.


The Canton Food Pantry is sponsored by the Canton Area Helpline, a private, non-profit corporation.


Food Donations

Non-perishable food, personal care items, and household products may be left at the Bank of Canton, Canton Co-operative Bank, Canton Public Library, Pratt Realtors and Envision Bank (Cobb Corner).  Donations of food, including perishable items, may be dropped off at the pantry on Mondays only between 7 - 8:30 a.m.

Monetary Donations

The Canton Food Pantry relies not only on food donations, but also on financial contributions from individuals, businesses, and organizations.  Donated monies are used to purchase much needed perishable items such as eggs, cheese, fruit, potatoes, etc, as well as non-perishable items that are in high demand.  We receive some USDA foods for free, and pantry is a member agency of the Boston Food Bank, thus we can purchase groceries there at enormous discounts.  Last week we purchased 2,500 pounds of food for $94!

Donations are tax-deductible and may be mailed to:
Canton Area Helpline
P.O. Box 202
Canton, MA 02021

 In the memo line, please write “FOOD.”

If you wish to donate to the Helpline or the Food Pantry, please click the Donate button at the top of the page to make a donation with your debit or credit card through PayPal.

If you donate through PayPal, remember to fill in the "Instructions from Buyer" field by writing in "FOOD".

Remember to do the same in the "memo" line of a traditional check or money order.

Thank You

We are grateful to the Town of Canton, Select Board, School Department, and all the many organizations, businesses, and individuals who support us through all kinds of donations in-kind, food, time, and talent!

Top 20 Items Needed
  • Bar soap
  • Canned fruit
  • Canned meat / meal (chili, ham, hash, etc.)
  • Canned pasta
  • Canned vegetables
  • Cereal
  • Dry pasta
  • Evaporated milk
  • Feminine products
  • Juice
  • Laundry detergent
  • Meal makers (Hamburger Helper, etc.)
  • Oil (any kind)
  • Peanut butter
  • Reusable bags (cloth)
  • Shampoo
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Toilet paper
  • Toothpaste