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Acord Food Pantry distributes food weekly to the residents of  EssexHamilton, Ipswich, Manchester, Topsfield and Wenham.


Our Mission

Acord was founded in 1991 with the mission of empowering individuals and families to feed themselves in a nutritionally balanced way. We are a nondenominational, green, grassroots organization staffed by more than 120 volunteers and supporting over 4,000 client visits each year.

I am struggling to get back on my feet and support my child on my own. Most places look solely at your income, which eliminates me from most forms of support. I am so grateful for Acord’s kindness and help.”


Food Pantry Hours

Wed. 9:30AM – 11:00AM
Thu. 9:30AM –10:30AM (Seniors 60+)
Thu. 6:30PM – 7:30PM
Sat. 9:00AM – 11:00AM


Our Services

We serve our clients through weekly food distributions, holiday meal programs, school vacation lunch bags, nutrition education and outreach, and emergency meal assistance. We are proud to partner with local farms to provide fresh produce to our clients every week. Acord is a partner of the Greater Boston Food Bank, North Shore United Way, and a member of the North Shore Hunger Network.

“The support of the lunch program last year really helped to close the gap with having to provide the third meal every day.”


Our Impact

We wanted to share some major milestones and accomplishments that could not have happened without the time, donations, and generosity of our volunteers, donors and supporters.  

120,000 meals + 12,000 bags of groceries

Last year, we distributed over 12,000 bags of groceries that included eggs, meat, dairy, fresh produce, and groceries, and distributed 120,000 meals to families.

Over 99 new families served

Client visits to the pantry increased an average of 8% to 4086 client visits last year. This includes 99 families who visited Acord for the first time.

23,600 lbs. of fresh produce

Last year, we received and distributed over 7,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables donated by local farms and distributed 23,600 lbs of fresh produce to families in need.


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Get involved

Acord is a community pantry supported by volunteers, individuals, and local businesses. Each month, we rely on more than 120 volunteers to help distribute food, unload weekly deliveries, help staff local events, and more. And, as a fully self-supported pantry, we also depend on the generous food and monetary donations from individuals, community organizations, and local business. These donations ensure we can serve those in need, develop essential programming, and increase outreach.

Learn more about how you can volunteer or donate to Acord.


“I'm thankful for the food I receive and grateful that I am treated with dignity.“