We accept donations of non-perishable food items, gently used clothing, toys and household items, which we make available to the community for no charge. We also accept monetary donations.

EBS Food Program

EBS is a community-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was
founded in Worcester in 1991 and provides food relief and other services to individuals and families.
EBS has worked for more than three decades to fight food insecurity in Worcester’s Main South and
Main Middle neighborhoods, acting not only as a food pantry but as a community center. EBS provides
our community with nutritious food, including fresh fruits and vegetables, that may not be affordable or
accessible to residents facing food insecurity.

EBS is a one hundred percent volunteer organization,
founded by community members and guided by the philosophy that neighbors, when working together,
can make a difference in their community. EBS’s ability to make each person and family feel welcomed
and respected has been the primary driver for why clients and their children come back to EBS, not only
to receive food but also to donate and volunteer their time. In this way, EBS works to break the persistent
cycle of food insecurity through collective action.

EBS primarily serves the Piedmont Street area, one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the city.
Families, single parents, and the elderly from all different backgrounds all visit for assistance. The
services provided by EBS go beyond providing nutritious food – EBS aids with SNAP applications and
connects people with resources for shelters, housing, elderly care, and mental health services. EBS also
provides its clients with toiletries and free access to donated clothing and household items.

We believe that  “Together We Can Do More”. Please consider helping El Buen Samaritano fight against food insecurity
in Worcester’s neighborhoods which need our help the most. Your support will allow us to advocate for
those in need, purchase food, coordinate the pickup of donated food, and increase food distribution to the
community. The impacts of COVID have not only impacted our community, but our ability to help.

Our Mission

El Buen Samaritano (EBS) is a community-based, grassroots nonprofit dedicated to providing relief to families who are looking for a helping hand. While primarily operating as a food pantry that distributes boxes of groceries to households, regardless of background, EBS also provides clothing and other resources to families who need them. 

EBS has been working in the Piedmont and Main Middle neighborhoods of Worcester for over three decades and has a vision of a community where everyone works together to fight against poverty and eliminate hunger for all.

Together We Can Do More.

We believe that education is the first step to understanding and thoroughly addressing any issue — and EBS food program is no different. But all the knowledge in the world won’t solve hunger unless we all resolve to share and act on it. We challenge you to take our advocacy pledge so you can use what you’ve learned to help change minds, wills, and policies in pursuit of zero hunger.

Here at El Buen Samaritano Food Program, we take pride in the work our organization provides our community. No matter their backgrounds or place in life, we extend our part in ending hunger in the city of Worcester. Join us in the fight against hunger, and together, we will bring hope to those in need. Together We Can Do More!

Become a Volunteer

Our group of volunteers help serve our community with excellence.

Volunteers bring their hearts and their hands to their work at the El Buen Samaritano Food Program. Their efforts are vital to our mission of feeding the hungry in our state.

Volunteers are a central component of the EBS Food Program help our neighbors experiencing hunger – including children, senior citizens and entire families. Our location and office are abuzz with hunger-relief activity, and your help is needed more than ever!

We challenge you to take our advocacy pledge so you can use what you’ve learned to help change minds, wills, and policies in pursuit of zero hunger.

Stop by our location any Friday between 10am – 12:30pm and sign up today. We would love to meet you!

"Our doors are always open.We are here to assist our community in their time of need.

Together we can do more!"

Maricelis Gonzalez | Program Director

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