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Family Table

The mission of Family Table is to end hunger in the Greater Boston Jewish community while serving people who need our assistance regardless of religious affiliation.

Family Table fulfills its mission by providing kosher food, creating a caring Jewish connection, and empowering people to make healthy eating a part of their daily lives.

We do this by offering:

  • Nutritious groceries, including fresh produce and whole grain products
  • 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 100 towns across Greater Boston, the North Shore, and the South Area. Currently, Family Table is helping more than 500 families each month with groceries and connections to other services.

Become a Family Table Client

Volunteer with Family Table

Food Distributions

Family Table operates four Sunday distributions each month, at our locations in Waltham, Canton and Marblehead. At our Sunday distributions, volunteers pack and deliver groceries to clients who are unable to drive or lack transportation. View our distribution schedule. Family Table also offers a weekly “Marketplace” distribution where clients can select their own groceries, for those who have transportation to our pantry in Waltham. 


Our volunteers are dedicated to making a difference by providing an important caring connection to the community for our clients. Each month, hundreds of volunteers give their time to Family Table. Last year, Family Table volunteers packed more than 35,000 bags and made more than 3,300 grocery deliveries to clients who might otherwise have gone without.

Volunteers are welcome to join us one or more Sundays per year. 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. 

Please fill out our brief Family Table Application to sign up. Email if you have questions.

Our volunteer community is also very important in supplying much of the food we distribute. Seventy collection sites, including synagogues, Jewish day schools, and community centers from around Greater Boston, the North Shore, and the South area donate food to Family Table each month, supplying nearly two-thirds of the food we provide.

North Shore Volunteering

Massachusetts has seen a 59% increase in food insecurity since the start of the pandemic. Family Table’s most critical need is for more volunteers to help pack and deliver groceries in the North Shore, since we do not have enough volunteers each month. We appreciate any commitment—from monthly to whenever your schedule allows. If you are interested in volunteering, learn more here

“Of course, we feel lucky to be able to help in this small way every month! Thank you for running the program and making it possible for us to have our six-year-old participate so that this kind of volunteer work becomes a natural and expected part of life for him!"

-a Family Table volunteer


Our clients are individuals and families in need, including people with disabilities, older adults 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 assistance, please call 781-693-5593.


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

The values you live out provided us with so much more than food and material help. It’s not over-the-top to say you nourished our souls, especially when we needed it most.

-a grateful client 

Fundraise for Family Table 

Supporters of JF&CS can now fundraise on behalf of Family Table! There are three ways to get involved:

An anonymous donor is currently matching gifts dollar for dollar, so every donation your fundraiser receives will double in impact!  To get started, visit our Fundraise for Family Table page.  

SNAP Benefits (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly Food Stamps)

Family Table is part of the JF&CS Center for Basic Needs Assistance, whose primary aim is to ease the burden of poverty among members of the Jewish community in Eastern Massachusetts. Family Table works in collaboration with Bet Tzedek Legal Services to help clients access and maximize their SNAP benefit. The SNAP application process can be complicated, so staff of Family Table and Bet Tzedek work together to make sure all Family Table clients access the maximum amount of SNAP they are eligible to receive.


We believe that an important part of healthy eating is learning how to prepare tasty meals at home. Family Table creates and adapts recipes for our clients that are simple, nutritious, and inexpensive, costing less than $2.50 per serving. Our recipes highlight easy and creative ways to use the fresh and frozen produce, as well as whole grains, beans, lean proteins, and other foods we provide. All our recipes are also available in Russian. View some of our recipes to find healthy meals, side dishes, snacks, and desserts, curated by our Registered Dietitian.

Greater Boston Hunger Network 

Launched by JF&CS in 2013, the Greater Boston Hunger Network (GBHN) is a coalition of food pantries and other food assistance organizations serving the Greater Boston area. Through bi-monthly meetings and an online forum, the Greater Boston Hunger Network is a dynamic venue for food pantry managers to learn from one another, address common challenges, and promote best practices. Our common goal: to provide more nutritious food to more people more efficiently.

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

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

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

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