Health & Welfare

Patricia Martin, Welfare Director

(603) 887-4979


To apply for non-emergency, local welfare assistance, please fill out the Town of Chester’s Welfare Application Form and sign in all three (3) places in front of a Notary.  Once an Application is completed, you may call (603) 887-4979 or drop off the Application with supportive documentation requested prior to making an appointment.   The Town of Chester Welfare Application Form can be found online at the bottom of this Section or at the Town Municipal Complex, 84 Chester Street, Chester, NH 03036 in the front office or in the hallway by the Maps.

For referrals to other services offered in the State of NH, you may go to for referral information.

Free Income Tax Preparation Service for Income under $57,000

For Chester residents needing income tax preparation service and your income is under $57,000, you may take advantage of the Rockingham Community Action’s program at either the Marion Garish Community Center, 39 West Broadway, Derry, on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10-3 PM.  This is a walk-in service so you do not need an appointment.  A second location is at the American Legion Post 51 at 232 Calef Highway, Epping on Tuesdays 12 Noon to 3:30 PM.  Walk-ins only.  For other locations in Manchester, Call 211.

Food Pantries in Chester

The Chester Community Food Pantry is located at the Chester Congregational Church in the Vestry.  It is open from 9 AM to 1 PM on the 4th Saturday of each month.   Please call (603) 887-4799 for additional information or contact Cindy McLaughlin at 887-4626.  Email:

The Chester Clothes Closet is located at the Chester Municipal Complex in the building to the right of the Police Department.  A flag is visible during open hours which are on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9 PM and Saturdays from 1-3 PM.  There are emergency food supplies available here for Chester residents only.  You may also contact (603) 887-4979.

Rockingham County Energy Programs

Residents of Chester may visit the Rockingham Community Action website for information on Fuel Assistance to pay for Winter Heating Bills, Electrical Assistance and eligible Weatherization Programs.  Fuel assistance programs are for fuel purchased after October 1st.

Volunteer Services:

Community Caregivers of Derry will provide the following services to Chester residents who are in need of the following:

Grocery Shopping Assistance
Light Chores
Friendly Visiting
Meal Preparation

Call:  Cindy at (603) 432-0877


Please see the link for the Announcement from Sarah Care, a Veterans Administration Approved Adult Day Care Sarah Care – Adult Day Care.

 Town of Chester Request for Welfare Application