USDA extends free meals for kids through June 30, 2021
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will extend several flexibilities through June 30, 2021. The flexibilities allow summer meal programs to continue serving free meals to all children throughout the school year months. 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.