Food Security


The S.H.O.P. (Students Helping Older People) Program has been a collaboration between the Brookline Senior Center and the community service program at Brookline High School for many years. During these years, literally hundreds of students have helped dozens of seniors. It is a win-win volunteer opportunity whereby students grocery shop for seniors in Brookline and seniors share their actual history and experience with students in a friendly visit after shopping.

Besides getting the groceries for the senior, the most important part of this program is developing meaningful multigenerational relationships. Some students have shopped for the same senior throughout high school and consider their elder an important part of their life; others continue to visit after graduating. The seniors tell us that they feel that their students are like family.

Seniors can apply for the SHOP program by contacting Patricia Burns, Volunteer Coordinator at 617 730 2743 or

The SHOP program was a featured spot on Boston 25 News in March and also was one of the intergenerational programs discussed on Brookline cable last year. The SHOP Program between Brookline High School and Brookline Senior Center featured on Boston 25 News on Thursday, February 22 can be viewed at the following link .

Greater Boston Food Bank Food Commodity Program

The Greater Boston Food Bank Commodity Program provides shelf-stable food to low income seniors. Two shopping bags of food for each approved participant are delivered to the Brookline Senior Center @ 93 Winchester Street, Sussman House @ 50 Pleasant Street and O’Shea House @ 61 Park Street on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. 

We are actively recruiting new applicants to participate in this program. If you or anyone you know are interested in applying for or finding out more about the program, please call Patricia @ 617 730 2743 to set up an appointment.

Brookline Senior Center Food Pantry

Every Tuesday throughout the year, a Food Pantry is held at the Brookline Senior Center. Each week we serve upwards of 100 people. This program is unique because there is no membership, no residency requirement, no age restriction and no limit to the number of times per month that a person can come for food.

The food is generously provided from donations from Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Lovin' Spoonfuls, When Pigs Fly and the Brookline Food Coop. The items most often available include: produce, bread, baked goods, dairy, salads, sandwiches and seasonal items.

Seniors in Brookline who do not live nearby or have cars can arrange rides with the elder bus and the Senior Center van (617 730 2750).

Information about the BSC Pantry can be found at: Town COA web page, COA web page, Monthly Town of Brookline Senior News and Events (Newsletter)and on teh Boomers & Beyond page of the Brookline TAB