St. Anthony’s Free Market
2 Park Avenue, Stoughton, MA 02072
Open to serve Stoughton Residents on:
Friday Mornings – doors open at 9 AM, close at noon.
OR the 2nd Thursday of each month from 5 PM till 6 PM
OR the 2nd Thursday of each month at 12:30 PM – Stoughton Council on Aging Pick (COA) provides transportation. Call 781-344-8882 to make arrangements.
OR the 4th Thursday of the month bags of food are prepared for delivery by the Council on Aging to those unable to come to the pantry. Please call COA at 781-344-8882 to make arrangements.
We are a 100% volunteer organization, now in existence for nearly 20 years. It is our mission to help contribute to the nutritional needs of Stoughton citizens.
Our requirements are: You must be a Stoughton resident and provide 2 proofs of Identification for every adult in your household , and at least 1 proof of each child in your household. These items should be presented the first time you come to St. Anthony’s Free Market.
St. Anthony’s Free Market has a long history of helping people through difficult times in their lives. Maintaining an area where you and your story are safe is very important to us. No information you give will ever be shared with anyone else. We called upon St Anthony as our Patron because he is the patron saint of helping to find things that are lost. Many people who come to us all have experienced a loss--perhaps a job, a spouse, their sobriety, etc. This is a hard world if nobody touches your shoulder and offers to help.
Our Food Pantry is always in need of donations. We rely on the support of Project Bread, the Walk for Hunger. Click here for more information on their work. www.projectbread.org
In addition, we strongly rely on good people to understand the need for high-quality food in peoples’ lives, and how much filling that need can change a person, a town, a city, a state, a country … even a world. Donations of good non-perishable, within date code food are very much appreciated. In particular, we are usually in need of peanut butter, canned chunky soups, boxed meals, canned meals, canned tuna, all condiments and canned fruits.
Also, we purchase food from the Greater Boston Food Bank at a greatly reduced price, so we also need monetary donations to make that possible. www.gbfb.org In July of 2012 we purchased over 6,000 lbs of food for around $1,000. That amount of food will last just under a month; that is why contributions of canned food are very necessary to help fulfill our mission. Thanks to God and the generosity and kindness of Stoughton neighbors and friends, we have never had to say “no” to anyone in need.
Donations of food may be left at 2 Park Avenue in Stoughton, either on the main floor in the Religious Education Office or around the rear of the building at the solid white door when a volunteer is working in the Food Pantry.