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Are you seeking food for yourself, your family, a neighbor, coworker or friend? Use The Greater Boston Food Bank's Partner Agency Locator here to find help in your community.

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The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) partners with more than 600 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. We also offer assistance with SNAP enrollment.

PARTNER AGENCY LOCATOR

If you, or anyone you know, are in need of food, search our Partner Agency Locator below for a list of food assistance options in each community we serve or download our Food Finder Resource Sheet.

Scroll down this page to find additional resources for food assistance across the state.

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Additional Food Resources 

SNAP
GBFB offers assistance with applications for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps. 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, you may be eligible.

Contact us to determine your eligibility, to complete an application, or for help with your existing case:
Call: 617-598-5022
Email: SNAP@gbfb.org
Online: GBFB.org/SNAP

Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT)
As part of Congress’ Families First Coronavirus Response Act, many Massachusetts families are now eligible for Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) benefits, a new program that will be run through The Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) to all Massachusetts students (Pre-K to 12) who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals or attend a school that offers universal free breakfast and lunch. For more information on P-EBT or to find out if you’re eligible for this program, SEE DTA’s FAQs or download this helpful one-pager.

STATEWIDE MAP OF SCHOOL MEAL SITES
The Child Nutrition Outreach Program (CNOP), funded by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and administered by Project Bread, has an ONLINE MAP of hundreds of locations throughout the state where kids and teens can get free meals, no registration or ID required! Meals will be available through June 30, 2021.

CITY OF BOSTON MAP OF SCHOOL MEAL SITES
The City of Boston, in partnership with Project Bread, YMCA of Greater Boston, Boston Centers for Youth and Families, and other community organizations, has an ONLINE MAP of sites providing free meals to all youth and teens at various locations and times across the City.


Places to Find Help
  • Food Pantries: Provide groceries on an emergency or occasional basis to those in need.
  • Community Meal Programs: Cook and serve regularly scheduled meals to walk-in guests.
  • Direct Distribution Programs: Provides supplemental groceries to seniors and children every month.

 

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