For Massachusetts residents
Here is a list of food resources for anyone in Massachusetts seeking assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. 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.
For anyone in Massachusetts who needs food assistance, start by calling the FoodSource Hotline.
Here is your one-stop-shop to learn about all the resources available to help you.
Project Bread's FoodSource Hotline is toll-free and confidential, at 1-800-645-8333.
Hotline Hours: Monday-Friday: 8am - 7pm. Saturday: 10am - 2pm.
Our counselors can assist callers with SNAP (information, eligibility screening, and over-the-phone application assistance), finding free meals for kids and school meal sites, summer meal sites, P-EBT, local food pantries and meal programs, and more.
Our counselors can assist callers in 180 languages.
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.
Once enrolled, you will receive a monthly cash benefit on an EBT card that can be used just like a debit card for food shopping.
Here's what makes SNAP so special and unlike any other food assistance program in the country:
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 and should learn if you are eligible.
Right now, everyone is receiving the maximum household benefit amount - there has never been a better time to apply and get SNAP. Learn more about getting SNAP at gettingSNAP.org.
Find out if you are eligible for SNAP today by calling Project Bread's FoodSource Hotline at 1-800-645-8333. If you are eligible, we can help you apply over the phone.
You can also apply on your own online at DTA Connect.
Free School Meals
School meals are free for all students during the 2022-23 school year in Massachusetts.
Your child participating in free school meals does not take away meals from anyone else – in fact – it helps other children and families who need it most! All parents are encouraged to take advantage of free school meals, because it:
Saves you time & money
Boosts revenue for your child's school
Breaks down barriers and stigma for other children who eat school meals
Free Summer Meals
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.
Locations are continuously added and updated to the meal finder map (June-August)—which will be back up at the end of the school year.
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.
P-EBT was a temporary benefit created by The Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 which authorized the payment of P-EBT food benefits to households with children who would have received free or reduced-price school meals at a public school, if not for a school closure. These temporary food benefits are to help cover the cost of meals children would otherwise would have received at school.
If you have received P-EBT, find out if you are eligible for SNAP
We encourage all families who received P-EBT benefits to learn if they are eligible for SNAP benefits, a seperate federal program that provides monthly financial assistance for groceries. Call our FoodSource Hotline 1-800-645-8333 or live chat a counselor on gettingSNAP.org.
For all other questions about P-EBT or to find the most recent information, please visit www.map-ebt.org
Meals on Wheels is a program that offers well-balanced meals to adults through home delivery or congregated dining sites.
Meals on Wheels is run by senior nutrition agencies located throughout Massachusetts. To find the closest agency to you, call 1-800-243-4636.
If you need home-delivered meals, staff will make an appointment for a home-delivered meal assessment.
Food pantries provide free emergency groceries to individuals and families in their local communities.
For the latest information about pantry hours and operations, please visit:
Please Note: 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.