Worcester County Food Bank (WCFB) is aware of many resources available to provide additional food and nutrition assistance for individuals and families in need, and we’ve included links to some of them below. Please contact these programs directly to learn more.
WCFB also works in partnership with nonprofit programs located in Worcester County to provide food assistance to individuals and families in our area. To locate a food pantry or community meal program near you, 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.
For more information, please call or visit your local Department of Transitional Assistance Office at (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
Community Legal Aid
The Worcester County Food Bank partners with a Food Security Advocate at Community Legal Aid to:
- Provide direct legal assistance to households whose SNAP benefits have been denied or terminated in error;
- Train community volunteers to help individuals and families through the SNAP application and appeal process.
Gina Plata-Nino | Staff Attorney
Central West Justice Center
405 Main Street,
Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 425-2828 (direct)
(508) 425-2886 (main)
(844) 295-8784 (toll-free)
(508) 755-3260 (TTY)
Central West Justice Center (www.cwjustice.org)
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.
Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline: (800) 645-8333
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 7:00pm, Saturday 10:00am – 2:00pm
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.
Massachusetts WIC Office
Area WIC Offices
Main WIC sites in or near Worcester County. Call the 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
Worcester WIC Program
199 Chandler Street
Worcester, MA 01610
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.
Call your child’s school for more information OR
Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline: (800) 645-8333 OR
Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education: (781) 338-3000 OR
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 a 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.
Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline: (800) 645-8333
Nutrition Program for the Elderly
Meals on Wheels, Senior Centers, Congregate Meal Sites
The Nutrition Program for the Elderly provides seniors 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.
MOC Elder Services
Elder Services of Worcester
State Executive Office of Elder Affairs
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.
If you are unable to reach 2-1-1 due to your telephone or cell phone carrier, a toll-free number is available: (877) 211-MASS (6277); Hearing Impaired: (508) 370-4890 TTY