USDA extends free meals for kids through September 30, 2021
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will extend several flexibilities through September 30, 2021. This unprecedented move will help ensure that children have access to nutritious food as the country recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.
For more information, visit: https://meals4kids.org/find-summer-meal-site to find free meals for kids. Please note this information is updated often. Or, if you have questions about receiving meals from your school district, please contact them directly.
Learn about food assistance resources available to the residents of Massachusetts. Visit ProjectBread.org or call Project Bread's Food Source Hotline at 1-800-645-8333. This number is toll-free and confidential. Hotline Hours: Monday-Friday: 8am - 7pm, Saturday: 10am - 2pm.
You may be eligible for the Massachusetts Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which provides monthly food benefits to individuals and families who qualify.
The Massachusetts Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program
WIC is a free nutrition program that provides healthy foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and referrals to healthcare, and other services to Massachusetts families who qualify.
Keeping with social distancing requirements, WIC programs and services are accessible by phone. If you have provided your local program with your email address and/or cell phone number, you will receive notifications about important updates. You can check your eligibility and apply for WIC online.
Meals on Wheels
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 agency closest to you, call 1-800-243-4636. If you need home-delivered meals, staff will make an appointment for a home-delivered meal assessment.
Healthy Incentives Program
It's HIP to be Healthy! Massachusetts residents can use their HIP benefits at winter farmers' markets. To locate markets near you, visit this interactive map.
P-EBT provides food support to help families with children who receive free and reduced-price school meals. If you think your student qualifies but you did not receive a card or letter in October 2020, call the DTA Assistance Line at 877-382-2363.
CENTRAL REGION RESOURCES - 01602
FARMERS' MARKETS AND MOBILE MARKETS
Mobile Markets (seasonal) within three miles
Webster Square Towers
1050 Main Street #1060, parking lot behind building
Tuesdays: 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Vida Nueva–REC Mobile Market (seasonal)
8–16 Piedmont Street, Worcester 01610
Call for dates of operation. Pre-ordered and pre-packaged HIP share on Wednesdays. Payment processed upon pickup. Customers can pay with SNAP or HIP.
Food pantries within 2 miles of zip code 01602.
Please call for food pantry hours.
Jeremiah’s Inn Food Pantry
1059 Main Street
Orthodox Food Pantry
102 Russell Street
Free Hot Meal Delivery for COVID-19 Positive Families
This program provides meals to families for up to one week who have at least one COVID-19 positive household member.
Call the Family Resource Center at 508-796-1411 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grab & Go Meals–Breakfast and Lunch
All children and teens up to age 22 years enrolled in high school and/or English Language Learner Programs.
Worcester Public Schools (01602)
Monday–Thursday: 3:00 to 6:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm includes weekend meals
Chandler Magnet Elementary School
527 Chandler Street
Worcester Public Schools Food Truck
Washington Heights, 55 Williamsburg Drive
Monday through Friday: 2:00 pm
Meals on Wheels
Contact Elder Services of Worcester Area’s Information & Referral Department
SNAP outreach partners assist with SNAP applications over the phone. Available to elders, families, and children in need.
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Worcester, Inc.
10 Hammond Street
Monday–Friday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Pernet Family Health Services
237 Millbury Street
Monday–Friday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Worcester County Food Bank
Tuesday–Friday: 8:00 am to 1:00 pm
Phone: 508-842-3663, ext. 221
WOMEN, INFANTS, and CHILDREN (WIC)
Family Health Center of Worcester WIC
199 Chandler Street
Monday–Friday: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
1st Saturday of the month: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Phone: 508-796-7000 Staff are taking calls remotely.