Canton Food Pantry


To sign up to use the pantry, please come to see us on the days we are open, see above. Proof of residency needed for each member in the household and one card will be issued per resident address.


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 - 9 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.

Thank You

We are grateful to the Town of Canton, Board of Selectmen, 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
  • Dy 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