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Housing, Health, Hunger & Help: Food and Free Meal Sites

Information on shelters, food, medical and legal assistance for the homeless and housing insecure in the Greater Boston area.


Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) logo: green bag of groceries

Formerly known as food stamps, SNAP provides a monthly benefit to buy nutritious foods. To learn more about SNAP, click here or call the Department of Transitional Assistance at 1-800-249-2007. 


The Women, Infants, & Children (WIC) Nutrition Program provides healthy foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and referrals to healthcare and other services, free of charge, to Massachusetts families who qualify. To check your eligibility, apply, or learn more, click here or call 1.800.942.1007. 



The Massachusetts Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) will match SNAP recipients’ purchases of fruits and vegetables at participating farmers markets, farm stands, mobile markets, and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm share programs. For more information, contact Project Bread's FoodSource Hotline at 800.645.8333 or (TTY) 800.377.1292. HIP flyers available in 17 different languages

To learn how to include more fruits and vegetables in your meals, please visit

Mayor's Office of Food Access

The Mayor's Office of Food Access is a city department committed to helping residents of Boston gain access to healthy, affordable, and culturally diverse food options and offerings. Its website is a useful resource to locate local food pantries, community meal sites, health incentives programs, elderly nutrition programs, after-school meal sites, and fair foods sites.

Print any of the following Food Resource maps to locate food and meal resources in your neighborhood. These maps are not meant to be an exhaustive listing of organizations, but coverage is wide and varied. Maps available in the following language: Cape Verdean, Chinese (traditional), English, Haitian Creole, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese. 

Food Assistance Agencies

Economic Assistance

The Department of Transitional Assistance provides residents of Massachusetts with 3 economic assistance programs: Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC), Emergency Aid to the Elderly, Disabled, and Children (EAEDC), and the State Supplement Program (SSP). 

These services offer Massachusetts temporary cash assistance and supportive services to children, individuals, and their families. Click on the following links to: