There are a variety of resources in Massachusetts that help to link families with healthy foods. Check out them out below!
|Access MA211 is a feeding assistance tool kit that provides resources for immigrants. Mass211 is a telephone number that connects callers to information about health and human services in Massachusetts.
|Food pantries provide free emergency groceries to individuals and families in their local communities. To find a food pantry near you and for the latest information about pantry hours and operations across Massachusetts, please visit your local food bank’s website:
Central MA: Worcester County Food Bank
Eastern MA: Greater Boston Food Bank
Northeastern MA: Merrimack Valley Food Bank
Western MA: The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts
|Healthy Incentives Program
|It’s HIP to Be Healthy! The Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) helps SNAP clients buy more fruits and vegetables for their household. Massachusetts residents can use their HIP benefits at farmers’ markets, farm stands, mobile markets and community supported agriculture (CSA) farm share programs. To locate vendors near you, visit this interactive map.
|The Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) Program
|All Massachusetts families with school-aged children who qualify for free or reduced-price school meals under the National School Lunch Program are eligible for the Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer Program. This program is open to any student in a school that provided free meals to all students.
|Learn more about food assistance resources available to the residents of Massachusetts. Visit ProjectBread.org or call Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333. This number is toll-free and confidential. Hotline hours: Monday–Friday, 8am to 7pm; Saturday, 10am to 2pm.
|Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
|You may be eligible for the Massachusetts Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which provides monthly food benefits to individuals and families who qualify. Apply for SNAP benefits and learn more about recipes and healthy eating through SNAP education.
|Massachusetts SNAP Education
|Healthy Foods is all about making sure you have access to healthy and nutritious foods and low-cost recipes. Here you will also find food safety tips and ways to get cooking with your family.
|The Summer Food Service Program, Summer Eats, sponsored by Project Bread and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education allows kids experiencing food insecurity to have a nutritional safety net for summer. Find a summer meal site near you by visiting this link.
|Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program
|WIC is a nutrition program that provides healthy foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and referrals to healthcare and other services, free of charge, to Massachusetts families who qualify. You can check your eligibility, and apply for WIC online.