Live in Oxford & Need Help with Food?

The Oxford Food Shelf can help 

The Oxford Ecumenical Food Shelf provides FREE emergency grocery assistance to any family living in Oxford, MA and to families who are not residents of Oxford but are registered members of an Oxford church.  

The Oxford Food Shelf is located in the lower level of the Oxford Community Center at 4 Maple Rd., Oxford, MA 01540

We are open every Thursday from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm (except holidays.)

FOURTH OF JULY HOLIDAY! The Food Shelf is closed on Thursday, July 4, so that our families and volunteers can celebrate the holiday. We will reopen on Thursday, July 11. Please plan ahead! 


Oxford Residents – Must bring a current utility bill showing their name and Oxford address. 

Non-Residents – Must be a registered member of an Oxford Church. The families will be given a “Church Affiliation Form” to have filled out by their church leader. They must also bring a current utility bill showing name and current address. 

Registration – Registration takes about 10 minutes and can be completed during the first visit. The USDA Food Program requires that once a year we verify a family’s income level. We simply ask if the family income exceeds a federal guideline amount which is based upon the number of people in the family. We do NOT ask, or need to know, a family's actual income.


Our food shelf is a client-choice food pantry. Our clients use shopping carts and choose the food items their families need and desire. 

Two Thursdays Each Month (Any Thursday a family chooses.) – Families can select from these foods: canned vegetables, canned fruits, canned tuna, dry cereals, soups, macaroni and cheese, spaghetti and spaghetti sauce, baked beans, rice, condiments, and snacks. Families will also receive fresh produce, frozen meats, and dairy items as available. We have personal care and cleaning items as available, as well as baby food and donated formula. 

Approved families will also receive available USDA food. 

In months with five Thursdays, and the Food Shelf is open all five Thursdays, families may shop on three Thursdays.