Worcester County Food Bank (WCFB) is aware of many resources available to provide additional food and nutrition assistance for individuals and families in need. If you are in need of additional food and nutrition assistance, please contact these programs directly to learn more.

WCFB works in partnership with nonprofit programs located in Worcester County to provide food assistance to individuals and families. To locate a food pantry or community meal program in your area, please use our Agency Locator.

SNAP-Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Formerly Food Stamps)

Nutrition assistance to those eligible

SNAP helps low-income people buy the food they need for good health. You may be able to get food stamps if you work for low wages, work part time, are unemployed, receive welfare benefits or other public assistance payments, are elderly or disabled, live on a limited income, or are homeless.

SNAP benefits are deposited into an account like a bank account. You will be able to buy groceries at most stores with an EBT card, which works like an ATM or credit card. SNAP benefits can give you greater buying power for the good food you need.

Contact

For more information, please call or visit your local Department of Transitional Assistance Office at 1-800-950-FOOD or visit www.gettingfoodstamps.org

Worcester County DTA Offices (SNAP):

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

Project Bread's FoodSource Hotline

SNAP assistance, emergency food referrals

Project Bread is dedicated to alleviating, preventing, and ending hunger in Massachusetts. Project Bread’s toll-free FoodSource Hotline has the ability to help people in 160 different languages. Hotline counselors screen callers for SNAP eligibility, help callers access food resources in their communities, and provide information for the elderly, meals-on-wheels programs and other programs supplying free and low-cost food.

Contact

Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline: 1-800-645-8333
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 7:00pm, Saturday 10:00am – 2:00pm
Website: www.gettingsnap.org

Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC)

Nutrition education, counseling, free nutritious food, healthcare referrals

The Massachusetts Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program provides nutrition education and counseling, free checks to purchase nutritious food and referrals to health care and other services to low- to moderate- income families with children under five. WIC also provides breastfeeding support, immunization screening and referrals, and distributes coupons for fresh produce redeemable at Farmer’s Markets. Pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, babies and children under five are automatically income eligible for WIC if they currently receive TAFDC, Food Stamps or MassHealth (Medicaid). Mothers, fathers, guardians and foster parents may apply for their children.

Contact

Massachusetts WIC Office
1-800-942-1007
Website: http://www.massresources.org/wic.html

Area WIC Offices
Main WIC sites in or near Worcester County. Call the main site closest to you to find out if there is a WIC office right in your neighborhood.

North Central WIC Program
375 Nichols Road
Fitchburg, MA 01420
(978) 345-6272 x1

South Central WIC Program
29 Pine Street
Southbridge, MA 01550
(508) 765-0139

Worcester WIC Program
199 Chandler Street
Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 762-5700

School Breakfast & Lunch Program

Free and reduced price school meals

School Breakfast Program
The School Breakfast Program provides healthy breakfasts to children at participating schools. Current studies show the importance of a nutritious breakfast. Any child may purchase a meal through the School Breakfast Program. If your family meets certain criteria, your child may receive free or reduced-price breakfasts.

School Lunch Program
The National School Lunch Program provides nutritionally balanced lunches and snacks to children in participating schools. Depending on your total household income, your child may be able to get meals free or at a reduced rate. If you receive TAFDC, your child is automatically eligible for free meals.

Contact

Call your child’s school for more information OR
Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline: 1-800-645-8333 OR
Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education: 781-338-3000 OR
Website: meals4kids.org

Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)

Summer Feeding Programs for Children Out of School

Just as learning does not end when school lets out, neither does your child’s need for good nutrition. 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.

Contact

Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline: 1-800-645-8333
Website: www.meals4kids.org

Nutrition Program for the Elderly

Meals on Wheels, Senior Centers, Congregate Meal Sites

The Nutrition Program for the Elderly provides elderly persons with nutritious meals at home through the meals-on-wheels program, at senior centers, or in other congregate settings. Persons 60 years of age and their spouses and disabled individuals living in elderly housing where group meals are served, as well as disabled individuals who live with elderly participants and accompany them to meals, are eligible.

Contact

Dudley
Tri-Valley, Inc.
800-286-6640
www.tves.org
info@tves.org

Fitchburg
MOC Elder Services
978-345-9598
www.mocinc.org

Worcester
Elder Services of Worcester
508-852-3205
www.eswa.org

State Executive Office of Elder Affairs
617-727-7750
800-882-2003
www.mass.gov/elders

Massachusetts 2-1-1

Emergency food, rent, heating and utility assistance, health programs, child care, job resources, Massachusetts 2-1-1

Mass 2-1-1 is an easy to remember telephone number that connects callers to information about critical health and human services available in their community. It serves as a resource for finding government benefits and services, nonprofit organizations, support groups, volunteer opportunities, donation programs, and other local resources. Always a confidential call, Mass 2-1-1 maintains the integrity of the 9-1-1 system saving that vital community resource for life and death emergencies.

It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and is an easy way to find or give help in your community.

Contact

Dial 2-1-1
www.mass211.org
If you are unable to reach 2-1-1 due to your telephone or cell phone carrier, a toll-free number is available: 1-877-211-MASS (6277); Hearing Impaired: 508-370-4890 TTY