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Food Access

We understand at times students might find themselves without either meal swipes or food for meals at home. The Government Accountability Office learned that more than 30% of college students experience limited access to food.

The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB)

The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) partners with 500+ hunger-relief agencies, including food pantries, community meal programs, and other food assistance providers throughout the nine counties and 190 towns and cities across Eastern Massachusetts

Check out our agency Locator: A list of food assistance options in each community that we serve, the days and hours of operation, and other information you need to access food for you and your family.

  • Visit GBFB.org/need-food
  • Search your city or zip code for a list of agencies in your community.
  • Select ‘More Info’ for agency hours of operation and phone number. (We recommend calling ahead to verify agency hours.)

Community Fridge For Food Insecurity (National)

Freedge is a sharing mechanism aiming to reduce food insecurity and food waste, building a stronger community. We promote equal access to healthy food through the installation of community fridges (public refrigerators) that are used to share food and ideas at the neighborhood level. Other privately owned community fridges around the Boston area can be found using the map below.

Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline

Project Bread enrolls individuals in nutrition programs as well as refers to local food resources. Staff is available to assess eligibility for SNAP and provide help with the application. When relevant, they also connect callers with utility, fuel assistance, and MassHealth. All information is kept strictly confidential.

  • Visit ProjectBread.org.
  • Food resources in your community 1-800-645-8333 | TTY 1-800-377-1292
  • Hotline Hours: Mon-Fri – 8AM-7PM | Sat – 10AM-2PM

Mass2-1-1

A statewide human service information and referral platform powered by your local United Way

  • Dial 2-1-1 or visit MASS211.org
  • 24 Hours – 7 Days – Free – Confidential – Multilingual

SNAP

Get help applying for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly food stamps, which helps people buy the food needed for good health. SNAP benefits are put on an electronic card that is used like an ATM or bank card, and can be used at most supermarkets, convenience stores, and some farmers’ markets. Who is eligible? SNAP is for everyone—families, seniors, disabled, homeless, unemployed, employed, veterans, and active military. If you are within the income limits listed, you may be eligible.

Contact us to determine your eligibility, to complete an application, or for help with your existing case:

Two Dollars A Bag Program

This program hands out fresh fruits and vegetables in Boston and Eastern Massachusetts. Anyone in need is welcome, and an ID or referral isn’t 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 bag fee.

Lifeboat Food Pantry

  • Free, fresh food available to Boston residents with food insecurity.
  • Sign up at bit.ly/lifeboatbostonregistration
  • Every Tuesday and Thursday, from 4 pm to 6 pm
  • Boston Temple 7th-Day Adventist Church, 105 Jersey Street, Boston

Fenway Cares Food Distribution

  • Grab a free bag of produce or sign up for home deliveries.
    • East Fens: Symphony Community Park, 189 Edgerly Road, Boston
    • West Fens: Fenway Community Center, 1283 Boylston Street, Boston