Are you seeking food for yourself, your family, a neighbor, co-worker or friend? Use The Greater Boston Food Bank's food assistance locator here to find help in your community.
The Greater Boston Food Bank serves 9 counties and 190 towns and cities in eastern Massachusetts, from Lowell to Cape Cod.
If hunger is hurting you or someone you care about, The Greater Boston Food Bank can help. We partner with 550 hunger-relief agencies, such as food pantries, community meal programs and other food assistance providers scattered throughout eastern Massachusetts. We're working together to ensure everyone in need receives at least one meal a day.
The GBFB Agency Locator can give you a list of food assistance options in your community, the days and hours they're open, and other information you need to access food for you and your family.
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.
- Kids Cafes: Offer healthy meals and nutrition education to children in need through a partnership with local Boys & Girls Clubs.
- Brown Bag: Provides supplemental groceries to seniors and children every month, to help ensure they don't miss meals and receive the nutritious food they need to stay healthy.
- Project Bread's FoodSource Hotline can help you find resources in your community and provide info on other programs that supply free or low-cost food. Call 800-645-8333 (TTY: 800-377-1292).
- The Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance is responsible for administering public assistance programs for those in need in the Commonwealth.
- The Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless works to address the broad economic and social issues that lead to homelessness.
- The Citizens Energy Oil Heat Program helps deliver millions of gallons of low-cost home heating oil to thousands of poor and elderly households around Massachusetts. To apply, call toll free 1-877-JOE-4-OIL (1-877-563-4645).
- The Women, Infants and Children (W.I.C.) Supplemental Nutrition Program is a health, nutrition, and prevention program that provides checks for nutritious foods.
- The Boston Resource Network offers access to information about the myriad of human services available in Boston.
- Food Stamps can help you buy food. Find out if you qualify and learn how to apply.
- The National Hunger Clearinghouse Resource Directory connects you to community-based organizations and government programs throughout the United States that are addressing hunger and poverty issues. The National Hunger Hotline (1-866-3 HUNGRY or 1-866-348-6479), refers people in need of emergency food assistance to food pantries, government programs, and model grassroots organizations that work to improve access to healthy, nutritious food, and build self-reliance.