Women’s Lunch Place

Filed Under: Food, Physical and Mental Health, Shelters, Women
67 Newbury Street
Boston, ma 02116
Phone: 617-267-1722

Women’s Lunch Place (WLP) opened its doors in November of 1982 to serve women a hot lunch in a safe welcoming place. They have grown from serving lunch three times a week into a vibrant and supportive day community that is open six days a week. They serve healthy breakfasts and lunches, and they also provide basic necessities and services that help restore dignity and hope.

Medical care is provided free. Advocates and support staff assist women in crisis, struggling with domestic violence, addiction, mental illness, or the stress of being homeless. Women interested in pursuing employment, housing, and other opportunities use their resource center and library, which provides access to computers and phones, free Wi-Fi, the Internet, and office supplies. The Creative Expression Program offers classes in painting and drawing, photography, sewing and knitting, and writing. Additional classes are offered in yoga, meditation, and wellness to provide women the chance to heal and respite from the stressors of poverty and loneliness.

Services provided:

COVID-19 has forced them to shift their meals to takeout. They are busily providing all their program core service areas–healthy meals, direct care, and advocacy as outreach. Toiletries, undergarments, feminine hygiene products, and other basic necessities are always available. Their advocates are providing housing + stabilization services and delivering mobile food pantry boxes to their elderly and shut-in guests. To read their latest updates regarding COVID-19, click here.

Service hours

Mon-Sat 8:00AM-1:00PM

Requirements & Restrictions

Anyone that identifies as a woman is welcome and their children (though services are for adult women only).

While every effort is made to provide current and accurate information for the agency descriptions and hours of operation, it is recommended to call the agency to verify the information before visiting.

Last updated December 15, 2020


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