Helping Hand Food Pantry

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St. James, Somerville, has collected food for the Helping Hand Food Pantry, a ministry of St. James, Cambridge, for many years. Due to problems with the space, St. James Cambridge has had to cut back on their service. The Pantry will  be open ONE SATURDAY A MONTH, through the spring to see how successfully they can manage the dynamics of publicity, food ordering and delivery, as well as the Saturday distribution itself. They chose the dates of Feb. 11th, Mar. 11th, April 8th, May 13th and June 10th for this pilot project. For more information about the changes, visit

During St. James Cambridge’s redevelopment, the Food Pantry is located at the Fresh Pond Apartments, 364 Rindge Avenue (the middle of the three tall towers) in Cambridge, 02140.
If you aren’t sure what to donate, you may find this article useful. The Helping Hand Food Pantry gladly accepts donations of unexpired canned and packaged foods. Cans should be undented and unrusted, and packaged foods unopened. Please check expiration dates before donating, as expired items can’t be distributed and must be thrown away.
Food donations can not be accepted at the St. James Cambridge’s office. However, on any Sunday morning, your donations may be placed in the wicker hamper located at the back of our sanctuary, St. James, Somerville. Please contact Reverend Karen if you have any questions or are otherwise interested in supporting this important ministry.