SNAP (also known as food stamps)
To apply for food stamps or “SNAP” assistance, visit your local DTA office (Department of Transitional Assistance) to complete an application. To find your local office, call 1-866-645-8333 or go to www.mass.gov/dta. To complete your application you will need an ID with name and address (if you have no address you will need to tell them where you are staying), proof of income, social security numbers for all household members who are applying for SNAP, proof of legal noncitizen status, and proof of expenses (this is not required but showing your bills such as rent, utilities, medical bills, etc can increase the amount you get in SNAP benefits).
1-800-942-1007 or 617-624-6100
WIC is a nutrition program for women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are at nutritional risk. To qualify you must be under 185% of the federal poverty level (42,643.00 for a family of 4). You may also qualify if you currently receive SNAP benefits, Masshealth or TANF help. To apply for WIC you will need proof of income, proof you live in MA, and proof of identity. Your “nutritional risk” must be evaluated by a doctor, nurse or nutritionist.
Food Source Hotline: 1-800-645-8333
This is a statewide information and referral source for people facing hunger. They will refer you to emergency food sources in your area as well as provide information on school meals, summer food sites for children, elder meal programs, SNAP, etc. They will also screen for SNAP (food stamp) eligibility and help with applications for SNAP. They offer help in 160 different languages.
Greater Boston Food Bank
They service 190 towns from Lowell to the Cape and will provide information on local food pantries, kids’ cafes, and the Brown Bag Program.
Food Bank of Western MA
This agency will provide information on food resources, pantries, etc for the Western half of the state.
Two Dollars a Bag Program
617-288-6185 or go to www.fairfoods.org for sites, dates and times.
This is a community agency based in Dorchester that hands out fresh fruits and vegetables in Boston and Eastern Massachusetts. Anyone in need is welcome and an ID or referral is NOT required. There are no income limits and you don’t have to sign up ahead of time. You also won’t be turned down if you can’t pay the $2.00 a bag.
Brown Bag Food Program
This program gives free bags of food each month to low income seniors who are currently under 185% of the Federal Poverty Level (21,257.00 for a family o f1) or receiving SNAP, Masshealth, Fuel Assistance, SSI or Veterans Services. In most cases you must be over age 60. The bags are free or a small donation may be requested (under $3.00 a bag). To find a program in your area and apply, contact your local food bank (see Food Bank phone numbers above) or senior center.
Meals on Wheels
This is a meal delivery program for seniors. To determine if you are eligible and sign up, contact your local Elder Services agency or Senior Center for more information.
School Based Pantry Program
This food pantry program is available to the students at
- James W. Hennigan Elementary School in Jamaica Plain
- James Condon Elementary School in South Boston
- William Monroe Trotter School in Dorchester