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Food Access Resources for Massachusetts Residents

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October 28, 2020

STATEWIDE RESOURCES

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.

Project Bread

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.

SNAP

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

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

Phone: 508-799-9139  

www.recworcester.org/market-schedule

 

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

Phone: 508-799-9139

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.  

www.recworcester.org/hiptogo  

 

FOOD PANTRIES 

Food pantries within 2 miles of zip code 01602.

Please call for food pantry hours.

 

Jeremiah’s Inn Food Pantry

1059 Main Street

Phone: 508-755-6403

 

Orthodox Food Pantry

102 Russell Street

Phone: 508-841-5287

 

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 wfrc@youinc.org.

 

SCHOOL MEALS

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

 

SENIOR MEALS 

Meals on Wheels

Contact Elder Services of Worcester Area’s Information & Referral Department

Phone: 508-756-1545

 

SNAP

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

Phone: 508-798-0191

 

Pernet Family Health Services

237 Millbury Street

Monday–Friday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Phone: 508-755-1228

 

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.

Topics: 
Nutrition