In July of 2017, Citizens Inn merged with Haven from Hunger, creating one organization to better help local families and individuals leave hunger and homelessness behind.

Haven from Hunger’s work currently includes a food pantry and a community meals program at 71 Wallis Street in Peabody. Through the merger, we will continue our homelessness prevention and social service programs, while incorporating Haven from Hunger’s facility and hunger prevention programs into our operation. The merged organization will be known as Citizens Inn. The programs at 71 Wallis Street will continue to be known as Haven from Hunger.



Families struggling to put food on the table turn to Haven from Hunger for help. Our core hunger-relief programs are our food pantry and our community-meals program. Our clients come to us from Salem, Peabody, and Lynnfield.

Food Pantry

Our food pantry provides over 3,800 individuals with fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, dairy, and canned goods. We serve residents from Peabody, Salem and Lynnfield and distributed over 1.7 million pounds of food last year.

Community-Meals Program

Our community-meals program offers guests a filling, nutritious supper in a friendly atmosphere four nights a week. Last year, we served over 15,600 meals.


Give the gift of your time and talent and make a direct impact in the fight against hunger. Volunteering is a great way to make new friends, learn skills, and have fun while making a difference..

We welcome individuals, businesses, faith-based groups, social clubs, service organizations, and families and small groups of friends to get involved as volunteers at Haven From Hunger.

We welcome volunteers of all ages, but those under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

How to Volunteer

Please review the opportunities below, then email to let us know what opportunity you’re interested in and whether you’re interested in helping one time or on an ongoing basis. Haven from Hunger is open every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Thanks for your interest in volunteering!



Stock the pantry shelves and keep them stocked during pantry hours. Assist clients with select food.

Hours: 9:30 to 2:30 p.m.


You’ll help store perishable foods from the food pantry and set up the dining room for dinner service by moving tables and chairs and setting tables with place settings.

Hours: 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.

COOK DINNER (may be combined with serving dinner)
You’ll prepare dinner under the guidance of Haven staff. The meal includes soup, main course, vegetable, starch, bread, salad, and dessert. You can bring food to prepare or use our food.

Groups of 4 to 6 are welcome, as are individuals.

Hours: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

SERVE DINNER (May be combined with cooking dinner)
You’ll plate food at the serving table and serve dinner guests at their tables. After dinner, you’ll wash dishes, clean dining room, and reset room for food-pantry service.

Groups of 4 to 6 are welcome, as are individuals.

HOURS: 4:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.