Boston Moms is committed to bringing timely and necessary resources to our readers in Greater Boston and beyond. With the recent school closures due to COVID-19 (coronavirus) concerns, we understand that access to food might be limited for some families in our area. Below you will find resources for sourcing food in your community. These resources have been pooled by our followers and team. If you have an additional resource that you believe should be mentioned, please email meghan[at]bostonmoms.com.
The toll-free Project Bread FoodSource Hotline is the only comprehensive statewide information and referral service in Massachusetts for people facing hunger. It can connect you to food resources in your community. Call 1-800-645-8333 (TTY 1-800-377-1292).
The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) partners with 520+ hunger-relief agencies across Eastern Massachusetts to bring access to food to nine counties and 190 towns and cities. Use the GFB agency locator to find a list of food assistance options in your community.
School Systems Offering Bagged Lunches
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Free bagged lunches Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Thompson Elementary.
Bagged lunches will be available for pick up by any child age 18 or younger at Beverly High School from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Beginning Tuesday, March 17, bagged lunches will be delivered to the following parks in the community: Apple Village, Goldway Park, and Holcroft Park. If you have a child who is a student in Beverly and you are unable to access any of these meal sites, please reach out to Food Service Director Christina Leal at [email protected]
Grab and go lunches are available at Brockton High School, South Middle School, North Middle School, and East Middle School. Free lunch options will be available at these satellite locations in a drive-up fashion. Children must be present in the vehicle to receive a meal.
Meals-to-go are available at the Everett High School lobby from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. These lunches will be available until Friday, April 17, with the exception of Good Friday (April 10). To be eligible, students must be enrolled in the Everett Public Schools or Saint Anthony’s School.
Beginning March 18, food services will be offering grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the following locations: Cameron Middle School, Barbieri Elementary School, Fuller Middle School, and Woodrow Wilson Elementary School.
There will be a food truck on location for 30 minutes per day at each of the following sites: The Bartlett School, Greenhalge School, Murkland School, Reilly/Sullivan campus, and the STEM Academy (Rogers). See the schedule here.
A free grab-and-go lunch service is available for all LPS students at Classical, English, Lynn Vocational Technical Institute, and Marshall Middle School between the hours of 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Free breakfast and lunch are available at Malden High or Salemwood (breakfast 7:30–9 a.m., lunch 11 a.m.–1 p.m.).
The free grab-and-go breakfast and lunch program in Milford, for students and adults, will be available from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Memorial School parking lot at 12 Walnut St.
Lunch will be served between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. daily at Hedge Elementary School. Any child under the age of 18 will be provided with a meal, no documentation required. Enter around the back of the building, through the blue cafeteria door. Breakfast items will be available to bring home.
All children will receive a free breakfast and lunch every day. Meals will be bagged and ready for pick up each day. See the Randolph Public Schools website for menus and updates.
A lunch pick-up station will be available in Gloucester at the O’Maley Middle School Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. All children ages 18 and under, regardless of their free/reduced/full pay status will receive a free complete nutritious bagged lunch.
Families can pick up meals Monday through Friday between 9 and 11 a.m. at three central locations across the city — East Somerville Community School, Winter Hill Community Innovation School, and West Somerville Neighborhood School.
Grab-and-go breakfast and lunch bags will be available for any Stoughton Public Schools student. Drive-through locations will be located at the Dawe, the Gibbons, and at OMS. Parent/guardian or student pick-up times will be 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. each weekday.
Please click on this link to make your meal selections before 7 a.m. on the day you would like to order. Pre-ordering for the week is encouraged. Ordered meals can be picked up at Wellesley Middle School (side entrance by the loading dock off D’Auria Drive) between noon and 1:30 p.m. daily.
Student meals will be available for pick up between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Seach Primary School and Abigail Adams Middle School.
Restaurants Offering Free Lunches for Children
Wings Over New Bedford is offering one free kids meal per child (offer valid in store only).
During the next week of school closures, if any child is in need of a healthy meal and lives in the New Bedford area, they are invited into the Neighborhood Nutrition Club (812 Kempton St.) and True North Nutrition (2331 Acushnet Ave.) for a healthy meal shake and a protein bite at no charge, no questions asked. Each shake has everything the body needs and is loaded with essential nutrients.
The Phoenix Restaurant is offering a “kids eat free” special Monday through Friday from the kids menu.
Any student who comes in during lunch (with a parent or not) will be given a free kids meal at Tipsy Toboggan, no questions asked. Will continue until schools are back up and running normally.
The Star Drive-In will have free kids brown bag lunches available from 12–2 p.m. These will be available to any Taunton Public School student residing in the East Taunton area in need of lunch during the city’s school closure. The Star Drive-In requests that you ask for what you need and leave what you don’t for others in need.
The Breakfast Spot is offering free lunch for neighborhood youth from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Reach out to Romilda with any questions — (617) 363-6380.
Alfredo’s will provide free meals through March 20. Residents with concerns about feeding their kids can call the restaurant at 781-584-4954.