Food Resources & Assistance
If you live in Massachusetts and need food assistance, start by calling us today at 1-800-645-8333.
No matter what you’re going through, we understand that food is a must. We want to help you. We can connect you to programs that will help you afford groceries and put food on the table.
Calling us is always free, and confidential. Our counselors can assist you with:
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Free meals are available for all kids & teens at hundreds of locations throughout Massachusetts. In the summer months, these meals are provided through the program known as Summer Eats.
Summer Eats is intended for every single kid in Massachusetts, ages 0-18. There is no sign-up needed, and no identification is required to pick-up meals.
Meals will be available through September 2021. Locations are continuously added and updated—if you do not see a location near you, please check back regularly. Enter your address in the map below to find a location near you.
Project Bread partners with the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) through the Child Nutrition Outreach Program to provide free meals to kids across Massachusetts through School Meals and Summer Eats.
For anyone struggling to afford food for themselves or their families during this difficult time, there are many local and national programs that can help you.
SNAP, WIC, and P-EBT are federal nutrition programs that provide eligible residents with monthly financial assistance for groceries. Could you be eligible? Find out today!
SNAP stands for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. A federal nutrition program (formerly known as food stamps) that provides monthly financial assistance to purchase groceries to Massachusetts residents who qualify. You will need to apply to receive SNAP. Our FoodSource Hotline counselors can help you find out if you are eligible and help you apply at 1.800.645.8333, or you can apply on your own online through DTA Connect below.
FoodSource Hotline: 1-800-645-8333
WIC is a nutrition program that provides healthy foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and referrals to healthcare and other services, free of charge, to Massachusetts families who qualify. WIC’s goal is to help children under 5 and those that are pregnant, just had a baby or are breastfeeding stay healthy. ALL WIC Programs are providing all services by phone during the pandemic. The WIC website contains updated information and individuals may contact the local WIC programs with any questions about breastfeeding, nutrition, and shopping. WIC is available to all families regardless of immigration or citizenship status. Check out WIC's eligibility page to see how families can apply online for WIC services. Individuals receiving SNAP and many types of MassHealth are automatically income-eligible for WIC. Parents, grandparents and foster parents may apply for children under the age of five years who are in their care. Families can also call WIC at 1-800-942-1007 or 617-721-6601 weekdays Monday through Friday 9am – 5pm. If you hear a recording, please leave a message with your name and telephone number or email a Local WIC Program directly with any questions.
1-800-942-1007 or 617-721-6601
There is no application to receive P-EBT. P-EBT stands for Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer and is a new federal program. It was created in response to COVID-19 school closures and helps families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals and are enrolled in either a hybrid or remote model for school - pay for food to replace the meals they are missing at home. Children ages 0-5 who live in a household that receives SNAP will also receive P-EBT beginning in March. If you are a family that is eligible for P-EBT benefits, you will be notified by mail and automatically receive these benefits on the 25th of each month for the previous month. Based on federal rules, families receive varying P-EBT amounts. Find the most recent information on P-EBT at the link below.
DTA Assistance Line: (877) 382-2363