Food Pantries

As a result of the long-reaching financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of families needing food assistance from January 2020 to August 2022 quadrupled across the United States. Each year since 1965, CAPSC has distributed thousands of pounds of food and meals to families, children, and seniors experiencing food insecurity, and we continue to do so through food donations and federal support from The Emergency Food Assistance Program.

Our food pantry locations in Dover and Rochester are open to the community, and our aim is to reduce malnutrition by providing access to nutritious food and supplies to anyone who walks through our doors.


In 2022, CAPSC distributed 240,862 pounds of food to approximately 3,000 Strafford County households.

Do you need food today? Come and visit us.

Dover Food Pantry

577 Central Avenue, Suite 10
Dover, NH

(603) 435-2500 x 8136

Open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

Dover Location

Rochester Food Pantry

10 Cold Spring Manor
Rochester, NH

(603) 435-2500 x 8136

Open from 12:00 to 4:00p.m. on Tuesdays

Rochester Food Pantry

 What’s in the bag?

Both of our locations offer pre-packed grocery bags with a variety of short-term supplies. Our Rochester office also offers a self-shopping experience.   If you have a special need,  dietary restriction, or do not have access to refrigeration, please call us so we can assist you. 

Note:  Exact contents may vary based on supply.  

Food Pantry - What's in the Bag?


1 box of pasta

1 bread or pastry (substitute a grain, like oatmeal, if unavailable)



1 non perishable protein (beans or meat)

1 package of frozen meat (substitute a protein, bean, meat, etc.)

1 package of eggs (substitute a protein, bean, meat, etc.)

1 milk (substitute a protein, bean, meat, etc.)


Fruit and Vegetables

1 canned fruit

1 canned vegetable

7 servings of fresh fruits and/or vegetables, refrigerated or room temp (substitute with 2 cans of fruit or vegetables or one of both)


Other Items

1-4 shelf-stable items depending on family size (cereal, soup, peanut butter, tomato sauce, baking items, condiments, etc.)

Other Resources

For a complete listing of all Strafford County food pantries and soup kitchens, click here.

Ways You Can Make A Difference

At CAPSC, our Mission is our guide. With your help, we can make our Mission a reality for our entire community: to educate, advocate, and assist people in Strafford County to help meet their basic needs and promote self-sufficiency.



Thanks to our sponsors, we are able to provide more meals, housing, transportation and other vital services to our community members in need.

Learn More



Your generosity is making a difference. We are grateful for any support from the members of our community.

Learn More



We value our volunteers and the many ways in which they contribute to our mission. Their dedication and commitment are essential to our success, and we are grateful for the gift of their time.

Learn More