COVID-19 Updates

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Hudson Community Food Pantry has taken the following precautions:

5/20 Update

  • We are now opened on Tuesdays!
  • We have reopened the pantry for our clients to shop if they wish.
  • We offer our clients three options – come into the pantry to shop, we offer a prepacked bag of groceries and we offer delivery on Saturdays.
  • We will be open on May 23, May 26 and June 13th.

5/14 update

  • We are setting plans in place to giving clients the choice to resume the coming into pantry to shop OR continue to receive a prepacked grocery bags.
  • We are looking to resume opening on Tuesdays.
  • We will follow all guidelines including requiring clients to wear a mask and prohibiting the use of reusable bags.
  • We are seeing limited donations with respect to meats, bread, pastry, fruits and vegetables.
  • We do offer Saturday delivery to our clients who are unable to come to HCFP.

April, 2020:

  • We are temporarily closed on Tuesdays; our Saturday hours remain the same 9 am to 10:30 am.
  • We are restricting the number of volunteers inside the pantry at any given time.
  • Volunteers will prepack bags of non-perishable food items for our clients.
  • Eggs and cheese will still be provided.
  • Meat, bread and pastry will be made available in limited quantities.
  • We ask clients to remain at their cars until it is their turn to enter the pantry. A volunteer will come to you to check you in.  You will still need to show your photo id and proof that you live in Hudson, Berlin or Bolton. 
  • We will ask each client to drive his/her car to the front of the pantry and one person from the car may come into the lobby of the pantry to select bread and/or pastry.   A volunteer will be there to assist you with your selections.
  • Meat and produce will be available at our back door accessible accessible through the parking lot located at 26 Houghton Court.
  • If you are not feeling well or you have been quarantined, please reach out to us and we will assist you.
    • Phone – (978) 562-5280 – please leave a voice mail message
    • eMail – contact@hudsoncommunityfoodpantry.org
    • Facebook Messenger – Hudson Community Food Pantry

Donation FAQs

  • Is Hudson Community Food Pantry accepting donations during (COVID – 19)
    • Yes!  We have been advised by Greater Boston Food Bank that we can accept food donations. Donations can be dropped off at our back door (accessible through the parking lot located at 26 Houghton Court) on Saturdays between 8:30 am and 10:30 am OR leave them at the donation boxes at Stop & Shop or Shaw’s.
    • Cereal, pasta, pasta sauce, rice, tuna, peanut butter, jelly, meals in a can (think Spaghettio’s) are great donations right now.
    • Personal care items – particularly hand soap or cleaning products would be appreciated.
  • Where can I drop off donations?
    • We will gladly accept non perishable food items and toiletries at the HCFP. Our address is 28 Houghton Street but we ask you circle around to our back door accessible through the parking lot located at 26 Houghton Court. Look for our blue door!
    • Donation boxes are also located at
      • St. Michael’s Parish on Manning Street (upstairs and downstairs in the church)
      • St. Luke’s Church at the rotary
      • United Methodist Church on Felton Street
      • St. Stephen Lutheran Church on Bolton Street
      • Stop & Shop
      • Shaw’s
      • Paquette Family Dental on Cox Street
  • If I bring my donations to the food pantry, when can I drop them off?
    • We are open Tuesday and Saturday from 9 am to 10:30 am and the first Thursday of each month from 7 pm to 8:30 pm. NOTE: we are temporarily closed on Tuesday as of March 17th.
    • If you are unable to bring donations during those times, please contact us at (978) 562-5280 or send an email to contact@hudsoncommunityfoodpantry.org and we can make other arrangements.
  • Do you accept baby food/formula/diapers?
    • Yes! Please watch the expiration dates on the baby food as we cannot give our clients baby food past the expiration dates.
    • We can accept opened packages of diapers.
  • Do you accept pet food?
    • Yes! And we can accept opened bags of dog or cat food.
  • Do  you accept personal care items?
    • Yes! Soap, shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, laundry detergent, dish soap are in great demand at HCFP.

Food for Fines

Between November 1st and December 20th help support HCFP by returning those overdue library books!! Its that simple!

Boy Scouts to Hold Food Pantry Drive

Area Boy Scouts will collect for the Hudson Community Food Pantry in their annual drive Nov. 3 throughout the town. Residents may leave food at their door by 9 a.m. that morning for pick-up. Recommended are peanut butter, canned stew, canned and boxed soups, paper goods, and any long shelf-life items.

A Generous Grant

The Hudson Community Food Pantry, Inc., was recently awarded a generous grant from the Foundation for MetroWest. Established in 1995, the Foundation for MetroWest is the only community foundation serving the 33 cities and towns in the region. They promote philanthropy in the region, help donors maximize the impact of their local giving, serve as a resource for local nonprofits and enhance the quality of life for all our residents. Since inception, the Foundation has granted $15 million to charitable organizations and currently stewards more than $22 million in charitable assets for current needs and future impact. To learn more, please visit www.foundationformetrowest.org or call 508-647-2260.

Letter Carriers’ Annual Food Drive

Letter Carriers’ Annual Food Drive Set for May 12 Throughout Nation

26th Food Drive Will Help Feed Needy Families in All 50 States

The Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive, the country’s largest single-day food drive, provides residents with an easy way to donate food to those in need.

On May 12, as they deliver mail, the nation’s letter carriers will collect the donations that residents have left near their mailboxes. People are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, canned meats and fish, pasta, rice or cereal next to their mailbox before the regular mail delivery on Saturday.

Runners Donate 750 Cans of Food

With cool and cloudy conditions, Issam Krieche of Marlborough set a new club record in the annual Laborious Labor Day 10-miler on Monday morning with a blazing time of 58:05. The challenging and hilly course runs through Marlborough’s north side around the Charter Oak Country Club and finishes with a brutal, mile-long uphill on Hosmer Street. The race started and finished at Ghiloni Park on Concord Road.

The race is sponsored by the Highland City Striders and has a tradition going back to 2003 when Mark Vital started the race and its unique mission to collect donations for local food pantries. Entrance fee for runners is 15 cans of food. Monday’s race collected about 750 cans of food for the Hudson Food Pantry, according to club president Todd Kitterman.

Birthday Gift

Hudson girl celebrates birthday with donation to Hudson Food Pantry

It was Christmas in July at the Hudson Food Pantry last month, when Hudson residents Katie Joslyn, 8 and her sister, Alex, 5, brought $250 worth of cash, food and toy donations to the Houghton Street site.

Katie, who has a Christmas Day birthday, celebrates her birthday in mid-summer and this year decided to ask for donations to the pantry in lieu of gifts from friends at her party. Guests brought cash, many toys, and boxed food and toiletries to celebrate with her. Katie also established a lemonade stand in her front yard last month, selling cupcakes, cookies, and lemonade to benefit the pantry.

Annual Food Drive

The Hudson Postal Carriers are holding their annual food drive to benefit the Hudson Community Pantry. On Saturday, May 14, patrons are invited to leave non-perishable good by their mailbox or front door for collection by their carrier, sometime after 9 a.m. Helen Roach, Food Drive committee chairman, said the Pantry can use all types of perishable foods, toiletries or cleaning products.

Foundation for Metrowest

Foundation for MetroWest has granted $110,000 to be distributed among 51 food pantries and other hunger relief agencies in 30 cities and towns throughout Massachusetts.
Among the grantees are the Ashland Emergency Food Pantry, Holliston Pantry Shelf, Project Just Because in Hopkinton, Hudson Community Food Pantry, Marlborough Community Cupboard, A Place to Turn in Natick, the Natick Service Council, Friend of FIT in Northborough, and United Parishes of Southborough Food Pantry.