Essex County Hunger Relief Project


  • Overview of Organization and Services:
    The goal of The Essex County Hunger Relief Project is to help hunger organizations in Essex County get the supplies, funding and help they need to meet the rising need for services and to provide a directory of food resources by town for people in need to find food assistance in Essex County, MA.

    This is an online directory of food resources organized by town. Many Soup Kitchens and Food Pantries serve people from neighboring towns while some can only serve local residents.

    The Essex County Hunger Relief Project is a program of the Essex County Community Foundation (ECCF). ECCF maintains the directory of food resources website, which can be accessed at:

    Essex County Community Foundation (ECCF) serves the 740,000 residents in the 34 towns and cities northeast of Boston, Massachusetts by providing programs, education and grants to nonprofit organizations in the region. The Autumn of 2008 brought grim economic news and by the spring of 2009, most hunger relief organizations experienced a 30% increase in the number of new families needing services including many from previously middle income families. ECCF Trustees challenged ECCF staff to find a way to help the local hunger organizations meet this need.

    Over 60 organizations of all shapes and sizes supply food to those in need in our communities. Each is passionate about their work and dedicated to their clients. Many are run by volunteers working long hours to keep their shelves stocked with food. The four hunger networks that serve the county meet regularly throughout the year and offer a way for organizations to communicate and share best practices.


  • Demographics Served:
    Adults: 19+, Children: 12 and under, Families, Seniors: 60+, Youth: 13-18
  • City/Towns Served:
    Amesbury, Newbury (incl. Byfield), Newburyport, Rowley, Salisbury, West Newbury
  • Types of Services Provided:
    Food Pantries, Food Programs