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Family Table

Family Table is the largest kosher food pantry in New England.

Family TableEveryone should have enough nutritious food to feed their family. Family Table provides healthy food on a monthly and emergency basis to individuals and families in need. Our mission is to offer food in a way that meets nutritional and spiritual needs.

We do this by offering:

  • Nutritious groceries, including fresh produce
  • Jewish holiday and ritual items, including challah and Shabbat candles
  • Personal hygiene items such as soap, toothpaste, and shampoo
  • Healthy recipes and recipe tastings using pantry foods
  • Connections to programs that help families move from crisis to stability

Family Table serves more than 100 towns across Greater Boston, the North Shore, and the South Area. Currently, Family Table is helping more than 400 families each month with groceries and connections to other services.

“I [volunteer] with my son and daughter. This past Sunday my 10-year-old daughter turned to me and said, "Dad, I feel like a good person!"  It doesn't get more awesome than that.”
-a Family Table volunteer

Our Volunteers

Our volunteers are dedicated to making a difference by providing an important caring connection to the community for our clients. Each month 250 volunteers give their time to Family Table. Last year, Family Table volunteers packed more than 35,000 bags and made more than 3,000 grocery deliveries to clients who might otherwise go without.

Volunteers can join us for a few hours once a month or on a one-time basis. Families with young children are welcome to volunteer. In this way, children experience hands-on tzedakah and truly come to understand that they can make a difference in the lives of others. Email for more information about volunteering.

Our Distributions

Family Table operates four distributions each month, including one Sunday in Waltham, Marblehead, and Canton and a weekday distribution in Waltham. At our Sunday distributions, volunteers pack and deliver groceries to clients who are unable to drive or lack transportation. Seventy collection sites including synagogues, Jewish day schools, and community centers from around Greater Boston and the North Shore donate food to Family Table each month, supplying approximately 2/3 of the food we provide. View the Sunday distribution schedule.

“Family Table is more to me than the food deliveries--it is knowing that we are not alone… My youngest son says that he is more proud than ever about being Jewish because of Family Table.”
- a grateful client

Our Clients

Our clients are individuals and families in need including people with disabilities, seniors living on fixed incomes, Holocaust survivors, survivors of domestic abuse, and people who have experienced job loss or underemployment. We know that contacting Family Table can be one of the most difficult calls to make, but we are grateful to be able to help. 

For more information, call 781-647-JFCS (5327) or email your questions via our contact us page.

For immediate assistance after regular business hours, call the Project Bread Food Source hotline at 1-800-645-8333.

Supported by CJP This program is funded in part by CJP.

The Power of Providing Healthy Food

Help underwrite a Month of Family Table in honor of a loved one, milestone, or to continue to enable our clients to have enough nutritious food to feed their family.

You can make a difference: a gift of $5,000 will help underwrite a month of Family Table.

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Contact Us

781-647-JFCS (5327)
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1430 Main Street
Waltham, MA 02451

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