Food Pantries and Nutrition Programs

Food and Nutrition programs and services promote access to food and proper nutrition through home-delivered meals, nutritional counseling and financial assistance for food shopping.

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a community of individuals who pledge support to a farm operation with the growers and consumers providing mutual support and sharing the risks and benefits of food production.

Commodity Supplemental Food Programs (CSFP)

Commodity Supplemental Food Programs (CSFP) supplements the diet of low-income elderly persons with nutritious USDA Foods.

Daily Table

The Daily Table is a not-for-profit grocery store intended to provide nutritious and affordable meals for low-income families in the Dorchester and Boston community.

Food Banks

Food Banks offer emergency assistance to those in need by providing food pantries and other food programs with emergency supplies. Massachusetts Food Pantries provides supplement food to families and individuals in need. You can also call the Project Bread Food Source Hotline at 1-800-645-8333 TTY 1-800-377-1292.

The Healthy Living Center of Excellence

The Healthy Living Center of Excellence implements evidence- based disease management programs throughout Massachusetts to empower older adults to actively manage their conditions.

The Massachusetts Farmers' Market Nutrition Program

The Massachusetts Farmers' Market Nutrition Program provides elders, and women and children in the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program with coupons for fresh fruits and vegetables redeemable at Farmers' Markets.

Project Bread Food Source Hotline

Project Bread Food Source Hotline is a toll-free information and referral service designed to connect people in need with a variety of food resources in their local community. The multilingual staff, complemented by able translators, can assist callers in over 160 languages. In addition, the FoodSource Hotline also offers the following:

•    Screenings for SNAP/Food Stamp eligibility. Hotline counselors are available to help callers determine if they might be eligible before they apply
•    Provide over the phone SNAP application assistance and follow-up with applicants throughout the process
•    Informational resource for agencies who have specific SNAP regulation questions that are affecting their clients
•    General information to current SNAP recipients, applicants with pending applications and those who are hesitant to apply
•    Referrals to community food programs and other programs such as WIC, School meals, housing, and utility assistance
•    All calls are confidential

Salvation Army Massachusetts Find Food Programs

The Salvation Army provides hot meals year-round for anyone in need. Free evening meals are available at various locations. Please contact your local Salvation Army for specific information on times and locations. Find the center nearest you.

Senior Nutrition Program

Senior Nutrition Program includes home delivered meals and congregate meal sites, like senior centers, churches, and schools. The Senior Nutrition Program is available to seniors through the Executive Office of Elder Affairs.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (formerly food stamps)

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides financial assistance for purchasing food. SNAP is administered by the Department of Transitional Assistance. 

TWO DOLLAR-A-BAG Sites

Fair Foods, Inc. and its partners run TWO DOLLAR-A-BAG sites through Boston and eastern Massachusetts. Each week, participants enjoy a wide selection of fresh fruits, vegetables and breads for a donation of $2 a bag.

Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program

Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program is a nutrition program that provides nutrition and health education, healthy food, breastfeeding support and other services free of charge to Massachusetts families who qualify. WIC is administered by the Department of Public Health.

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