How We Help

Our Food Programs provide access to meals and groceries for hundreds of women each day.

Our guests have always struggled with hunger. Before the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, 9% of Massachusetts households experienced food insecurity; currently that figure has soared to a staggering 38% of residents. Right now, our food programs are more important than ever to women who are desperately trying to get by.

Dining Room

Homeless women come to Rosie’s Place tired and hungry, so we ensure that they have access to food all day long: healthy snacks, fruit, boxed lunches and hot dinners, available to eat at a safe social distance in our Dining Room or prepared to-go. As the number of women who find respite and support with us increases, so does the need, with our staff currently serving approximately 170 meals and hundreds more healthy snacks daily—365 days of the year.

Read how we help our guests fight food insecurity. 

Nilda takes most of her meals at Rosie’s Place. Read her story.


Food Pantry

In response to the pandemic, our Pantry has doubled its capacity—serving more women and their families than ever before. Many of our guests are out of work and, with additional family members sheltering with them, food budgets are stretched to the limit. For safety’s sake, we moved our Pantry distribution area to the street-level windows of our Women’s Education Center which allow for socially-distanced pick up of 2 bags of groceries by each guest. We provide fresh meat, dairy, fruits, vegetables, non-perishable staples, household supplies and face masks to 350 women every weekday to help feed the more than 700 members of their households.

Pantry Hours:

Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (350 guests maximum)

887 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118