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Long Term Assistance

Several Food Bank partner programs and government resources are able to provide long-term and ongoing hunger-relief. You should contact these programs directly to determine their respective levels of help.

Some of these resources are:

Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance
The Department of Transitional Assistance serves one out of every twelve people in the Commonwealth - including working families, children, elders, and people with disabilities. Our services include food and nutritional assistance, cash assistance, employment supports, and emergency shelter.

General information: 508-767-3100
Toll Free: 800-249-2007


Worcester County Locations:
Worcester: 508-767-3100
Southbridge: 508-765-2400
Fitchburg: 978-665-8700


Nutrition Program for Elderly
The Nutrition Program for the Elderly provides persons age 60 and older or disabled who are homebound with nutritious meals at home through the Meals-on-Wheels (MOW) Program, and independent elderly with meal options at Senior Centers or at Congregate Meal Sites.

Local Contact Information for MOW or Meal Sites:

* Elder Services of Worcester, Nutrition Services, Worcester, www.eswa.org
    P:  508-852-3205
* MOC Elder Services, Fitchburg, www.mocinc.org, P: 978-345-9598
* Tri-Valley, Inc., Dudley  www.tves.org, P: 800-286-6640, Email: info@tves.org
* Senior Connection, W. Boylston, www.seniorconnection.org, P: 508-852-5539 or
    800-244-3032, Email: CMAAging@seniorconnection.org
* State Contact Information: Executive Office of Elder Affairs P:  617-727-7750 or


School Breakfast & Lunch Program
Nourishing breakfast and lunch meals are available at many schools to everyone.  Free or reduced priced meals are available and are based on family income with completion of a school meal application. Contact your school or agencies below for more information.

Worcester Public Schools Reduced Price Meal Application (Click for English Version)

Worcester Public Schools Reduced Price Meal Application (Click for Spanish Version)

Visit www.meals4kids.org, call Project Bread at 617-723-5000 or call Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education at P: 781-338-3000


SNAP- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formally Food Stamps)
SNAP is the new name of the Federal Food Stamp Program as of October 1, 2008.  The new name reflects the changes made to meet the needs of clients, including a focus on nutrition and improvements in accessibility.  Please see website for more details

www.fns.usda.gov/snap, or
call toll free 800-221-5689.

Other Resources:

Food stamps can be used like cash to buy food at most grocery stores and supermarkets.
If you have any questions about eligibility, benefits, or application materials, please call or visit:
Worcester Community Action Council
at 508-754-1176 or visit www.wcac.net


Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)
The Summer Food Program provides free, nutritious meals and snacks to help children in low-income areas receive the nutrition they need to learn, play and grow throughout the summer months.

Information available through the Department of Education at P: 781-338-6494 or www.meals4kids.org


United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
USDA Food and Nutrition Services
The U.S. Department of Agriculture web site offers national and state-by-state information for:
* Food & Nutrition Services
* Food Stamp Programs
* Food Distribution Programs
* WIC- Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Program
* School Breakfast & Lunch Programs


United Way of Central Massachusetts
484 Main Street, Worcester MA 01608
P: 508-757-5631

The United Way of Central MA is a partner to Massachusetts Association of Information and Referral Specialists (MAIRS) for the Mass 2-1-1 online directory.  This is an information resource for emergency food, rent, help paying your heating and utility bills, mental health counseling, health programs, public health and safety services, child care referrals, job resources, and other help for individuals, parents and families.


Women, Infant and Children Nutrition Program (WIC)
The Massachusetts WIC provides nutrition education and counseling, free nutritious food and referrals to health care and other services to low-moderate income families with children under five.

1-800-942-1007 or

Great Brook Valley Health Center
19 Tacoma St., Worcester

Millbury WIC Program
Millbury Federated Church
20 Main St., Millbury

Plumley Village
16 Laurel St., Worcester

North Central WIC
326 Nicholas Road., Suite 14, Fitchburg

Worcester WIC Program
199 Chandler St., Worcester

South Central WIC
29 Pine Street, Southbridge



Additional Printable Resources:

Massachusetts Food & Nutrition Programs  (Click for English Version)

Massachusetts Food & Nutrition Programs  (Click for Spanish Version)


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