The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Exeter offers emergency food and financial assistance to low-income residents of Exeter, Stratham, Newfields, Brentwood, Kensington, and East Kingston. For those who do not live in our service area, we are happy to direct you to your local food pantry or town welfare office for assistance.
The Community Assistance Center hosts staff from various local agencies five days a week. The programs they offer are available to residents of or outside our service area, and each agency has its guidelines to qualify for assistance. Please contact the agency directly for more information on their services and eligibility.
SVdP Exeter offers emergency food to low-income individuals and families who are residents of Exeter, Stratham, Newfields, Brentwood, Kensington, and East Kingston monthly. Clients can visit our Food Pantry and choose items from our shelves, including milk, butter, eggs, produce, bread, meat, non-perishable foods, and personal hygiene items.
Please call (603) 772-9922 or visit the Center for more information about becoming a client.
Food Pantry Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Wednesday & Friday: 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Seniors Food Pantry (Age 60+): The fourth Thursday of every month from 9:30 – 11:30 am
Residents of Exeter, Stratham, Newfields, Brentwood, Kensington, and East Kingston can apply for possible emergency financial assistance once exhausting all other available resources and obtaining a ‘Letter or Decision’ from their town welfare administrator. Examples of financial emergencies include an eviction notice or utility shut off notice. Call the Center at (603) 772-9922 for more information about financial assistance.
Urgent dental care through Families First is offered on a first-come, first-served basis in the dental van at SVdP Exeter. Dental services are available to low-income adults of New Hampshire and Maine that include limited exams, x-rays, fillings, and extractions on a sliding scale fee. Contact Families First at (603) 422-8208 for more information.
Urgent Dental Care Hours: Friday beginning at 8:30 am
Medical services are offered in the onsite medical van through Families First for adults who are homeless, without stable housing, or low income. A doctor, nurse, and social worker are available to see patients with no appointment needed.
Medical Van and Medicaid Assistance Hours: Wednesday 12:00 – 2:00 pm
Housing and Homeless Assistance
For those who are homeless, SVdP can provide survival food, blankets, clothing, and resources. If you are homeless, please call the Center for more information at (603) 772-9922.
For homeless assistance outside of regular business hours, please call 211 for help.
SVdP hosts a representative from Rockingham Community Action Program on Mondays to help anyone who is homeless or in an unstable living situation find shelter.
Rockingham CAP Homeless Representative Hours: Monday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
A representative from Families First is at SVdP on Wednesday’s to assist with Medicaid enrollment. Please call Families First to set up an appointment and more information at (603) 422-8208
A representative from Rockingham Community Action Program is available at the Center on Thursdays to enroll low-income residents of Rockingham County in the heating fuel and electric assistance program. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (603) 895-2303.
Rockingham CAP Fuel Assistance Representative Hours: Thursday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Free Tax Preparation
During the tax season, SVdP hosts IRS certified Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) volunteers for free tax preparation and filing. Please visit http://eznetscheduler.com/calendar/nhtaxhelp and select Exeter SVdP to make an appointment.
Volunteer Tax Assistance 2021 Dates: TBA
Summer Family Food Program
The Summer Family Food Program is designed to provide extra food to families with school-aged children during vacations. Families may have access to the Food Pantry weekly rather than monthly so that no child goes hungry when school is out. Hunger does not take a vacation.
Special Senior Pantry Day
SVdP hosts a special pantry day designed just for seniors. If you are 60 or older and qualify as low income, please join us on the 4th Thursday of every month for a slower, senior-friendly pantry.
Senior Home Delivery Service
SVdP delivers to housebound senior citizens once a month who live at 277 Water Street and Meeting Place.
Getting Ahead While Getting Out Program
In collaboration with Rockingham County House of Corrections, SVdP volunteers assist inmates with aftercare as they plan for discharge.