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.
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 meals are currently being provided for all kids and teens at sites across Massachusetts. These meals will continue to be provided through the end of the 20/21 school year.
All kids and teens are eligible for these meals, no registration or identification is required to pick them up.
If you have questions about receiving meals from your school district, please contact them directly.
Find free meals for kids, please note this information is continously updated.
WIC is a federal nutrition program that provides healthy foods, nutrition education, and other services free of charge to Massachusetts families who qualify.
During the COVID-19 crisis, people who receive WIC and would like to spend their benefits 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.
Contact your local WIC Office with any questions about breastfeeding, nutrition, or shopping.
Parents, grandparents and foster parents may apply for children under the age of five years who are in their care. Visit mass.gov for WIC updates.
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 authorized the payment of P-EBT food benefits to households with children who would have received free school lunches under the National School Lunch Act, 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.
2019/2020 school year
2020/2021 school year
More P-EBT benefits will be issued in September 2020 at a rate of $5.86 per day.
You will get September P-EBT funds if your student (s):
Your student is eligible for benfits if they qualify for free or reduced price meals under the National School Lunch Program, AND their school building has been closed due to a delayed start in September
The P-EBT amount is based on each student’s school learning situation confirmed by their school in September and may vary from student to student, even within a family. If you think your student qualifies but you have not received a card or a letter by mid to late October, call the DTA Assistance Line at 877-382-2363.
I need my student's case number to activate my P-EBT card. Get your student's case number online by entering their P-EBT card number into the P-EBT Case Information Form.
I am still waiting for my card for P-EBT benefits from last school year. Complete the P-EBT Card Replacement Request Form with as much information as possible. If DTA finds a match for your child, expect a card in 3-4 weeks. If they do not, someone from DTA will call you for more information in the days following. Please do not complete the form more than once per child.
I lost/threw out my card. Complete the P-EBT Card Replacement Request Form with as much information as possible. If DTA finds a match for your child, expect a card in 3-4 weeks. If they do not, someone from DTA will call you for more information in the days following. Please do not complete the form more than once per child.
For all other questions about P-EBT, who will receive benefits, and more, 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.