How to access food assistance during the COVID-19 crisis.
Information and links to food assistance programs in Massachusetts can be found below. Please note that this is not a comprehensive list of all available programs and that information is subject to change as information is continuously changing.
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During COVID-19 Crisis
If you have lost your job or work hours because of COVID-19, you can apply for SNAP at any time. You do not have to wait to file an application. Changes to SNAP during the crisis include:
How to Apply
During COVID-19 Crisis
People who use WIC should plan to arrive at the grocery store early in the morning before items are cleared out for the day. You can call the store and find out what days they are restocking certain items.
How to Apply
Families should check out WIC's eligibility page and can apply online for WIC services. Families can also call WIC at 617-721-6601 or 1-800-942-1007 Monday through Friday 9am - 5pm. If you hear a recording, please leave a message with your name and telephone number.
Parents, grandparents and foster parents may apply for children under the age of five years who are in their care.
Having trouble setting up your EBT Card Pin?? When they ask for the last four digits of your SSN, put in the last four digits of your student's case number in the right hand corner of the letter. When they ask for the birthday, put the two-digit month, day, and year of your student's birthday. For example June 20, 2010 would be 0620210.
As of July 21, DTA has started the process of printing and mailing outstanding cards to families who are still waiting to receive them. Please note: not all families will receive their cards right away. They are continuing to print and mail cards over the next few weeks. Please be patient if you are waiting for yours, especially when you begin to see other families receiving their cards. If you do not receive your card in two weeks, check in with the FoodSource Hotline for an update: 1-800-645-8333. Monday-Friday: 8am-7pm. Saturday: 10am-2pm.
P-EBT is a crisis response program created by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
All Massachusetts students (K - 12 grade) who are enrolled in or eligible for free or reduced-price school meals or attend a school that offers universal free school breakfast and lunch will receive the P-EBT benefit at the end of May/early June. If you are a household that receives monthly SNAP benefits, you will receive your P-EBT benefits on your current EBT card.
Like a debit card, the P-EBT card can be used to purchase food at grocery stores.
Using the benefit will not impact a family's or child's immigration status.
View & Download: P-EBT Fact Sheet: For Partners/Providers
View & Download: P-EBT Fact Sheet: For Families
Getting your benefits
Already have an EBT Card: Households who receive SNAP or TANF and already have an active EBT card have already received their first issuance of P-EBT benefits on April 30th. To check if you received your P-EBT benefits, call the number on the back of your EBT card. If you did not get benefits, but believe you are eligible, call the DTA Assitance Line.
Households who do not have an EBT card will:
If you are a household that is eligible to receive SNAP benefits, Project Bread strongly encourages you to enroll in SNAP as soon as possible to expedite receiving P-EBT. If you have questions or need assistance, please call Project Bread's FoodSource Hotline.
Meals on Wheels is run by senior nutrition agencies located throughout Massachusetts.
Call 1-800-243-4636 to find the closest agency.
If you need home-delivered meals, staff will make an appointment for a home-delivered meal assessment.
For the latest information about pantry hours and operations, please visit:
If you are seeking support from food pantries at this time, and are not currently enrolled in SNAP, Project Bread strongly encourages you to learn if you are eligible for SNAP benefits and to apply. This will provide you with consistent, monthly cash assistance to purchase your own groceries.
If you or someone you know living in Massachusetts needs food assistance, please refer them to Project Bread's FoodSource Hotline, toll-free and confidential, at 1-800-645-8333. Monday-Friday: 8am-7pm. Saturday: 10am-2pm.
Our counselors can assist callers with:
Information, eligibility, and over-the-phone application assistance with SNAP
Our counselors can assist callers in 160 languages and their is a dedicated line to assist our hearing-impaired community at TTY: 1-800-377-1292. More information can be found, here. This service is available to all Massachusetts residents.
Author(s): Project Bread