Assistance Resources

  • Housing Assistance Relief Fund

    In response to the loss of income to Newton households due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), the City of Newton has created the COVID-19 Emergency Housing Relief Program utilizing its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds and Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds. This program is designed to provide assistance to families struggling to pay rent or mortgage (on qualifying properties) due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To see if you quality for assistance through the housing relief fund, please visit this website:

    For translations in Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, and Vietnamese, follow this link:

    General Support Resource

    The Newton Public Schools, in collaboration with Newton Health and Human Services, is providing a support phone number for families with children enrolled in our schools. This service is staffed by Newton Public Schools counselors and is designed to support families experiencing food scarcity, housing scarcity, domestic or substance abuse, and other mental health struggles exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The phone number, 617-559-6021, is answered live M-F from 8 am - 3 pm and is equipped with voicemail. Please note - this is not a 24 hour hotline. Those with life threatening emergencies should utilize 911.

    Food Resources

    We know school closures may significantly impact families in many ways, especially those experiencing food insecurity. The Grab ‘n Go meal program has expanded to provide FREE breakfast and lunch to ALL Newton residents, including NPS METCO families. Please come to one of the Grab & Go locations at Newton North, Newton South, and the NPS building at 150 Jackson Rd. (current home of Newton Early Childhood Program.) 

    Time: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

    Location: Newton South (front parking loop), Newton North (parking area near auditorium entrance), 150 Jackson Rd. (rear lot).

    You will be offered 3 days worth of breakfast and lunch for you and your family. You can pick up for friends and neighbors too!  

    In addition, the Corner Café, 321 Washington St., is providing free, hot lunches to Newton students pre-K through grade 12. Text “School Lunch” to 617-527-9835 for a no contact pickup.

    Food Pantries

    Centre Street Food Pantry: 11 Homer St, Newton Centre is providing pre-packed bags of fresh and non-perishable food from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, or 1st Saturday of the month, (Saturday, April 4 from 11:30-2)
    Newton Food Pantry: Located at City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Ave is distributing pre-packaged bags of fresh and non-perishable food, toiletries and household cleaning products  - Wednesdays 1:30-5:30 and the 3rd Saturday of the month from 10 am-noon. (In April, please note it will be open on the 2nd Saturday - April 11th from 10 am - noon instead of the 3rd Saturday). While Newton public schools are closed, families with children can shop twice a month at the pantry.
    Arabic Baptist Church Food Pantry: The Arabic Baptist Church Food Pantry serves people in the Newton area and is distributing pre-packaged goods on the second and fourth Friday of the month from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at 187 Church Street.
    Post 440 Mobile Food Bank: Anyone can pick up bagged groceries at the American Legion Nonantum Post 440, 295 California St. on the 3rd Friday of the month between 10-11am in the parkig lot. This is a partnership between Post 440 and the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB)

    Boston resident students will be able to access the city’s food resources:

    Project Bread (1-800-645-8333) will be able to support families in need, especially if you are unable to go to work. 

    Senior Center

    CSFP: Commodity Supplement Food Program is sponsored by the US Dept of Agriculture in partnerships with the States and local communities. The Greater Boston Food Bank administers the program with our Senior Center running it locally. You must be 60 years of age and meet the income guidelines. This program has been ongoing for a few years now, is run through the senior center, and you receive two free bags of groceries monthly on the 3rd friday of the month. 

    Home delivery of box lunches provided by Springwell for those who usually served by meals at the senior center.