Feeding Your Family :: Greater Boston Food Resources During COVID-19 School Closures

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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.

Statewide Resources

Project Bread Food Source Hotline

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).

Greater Boston Food Bank

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

Boston

Click here for meal sites for children.

Arlington

Free bagged lunches Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Thompson Elementary. 

Beverly

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] 

Brockton

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. 

Everett

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.

Framingham

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.

Lowell

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.

Lynn

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. 

Malden

Free breakfast and lunch are available at Malden High or Salemwood (breakfast 7:30–9 a.m., lunch 11 a.m.–1 p.m.). 

Milford

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.

Plymouth

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.

Randolph

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.

Rockport

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.

Somerville

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.

Stoughton

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.

Wellesley

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. 

Weymouth

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

Sarcastic Swine :: Abington

The Sarcastic Swine is offering free food from a selected kids menu to kids in Rockland, Abington, and Whitman. They will deliver to children needing lunch for free, as long as they are given an hour’s notice, no questions asked. Call 781-871-0033. Foods offered: grilled cheese, hamburger/cheeseburger, eggs and bacon, chicken fingers, caesar salad, and mac and cheese.

G&S Pizza :: New Bedford

G&S Pizza is offering a free slice of pizza to any child until schools re-open.

Wings Over New Bedford :: New Bedford

Wings Over New Bedford is offering one free kids meal per child (offer valid in store only).

True North Nutrition :: New Bedford

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 :: Fairhaven

The Phoenix Restaurant is offering a “kids eat free” special Monday through Friday from the kids menu.

Tipsy Toboggan :: Fall River

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 :: Taunton

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 :: Roxbury

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 Italian Kitchen :: Lynn

Alfredo’s will provide free meals through March 20. Residents with concerns about feeding their kids can call the restaurant at 781-584-4954.

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Meghan was born and raised on the South Shore and attended college in Boston. After college, she married her high school sweetheart and followed him to Charleston, SC and Groton, CT where he served as a submarine officer in the United States Navy. Military life was an adventure, and after 6 crazy years of service (and two babies later!), the pair decided to move *home* to the South Shore and put down some roots. Meghan is a proud work-at-home mom to William, Benjamin & Caroline, born in 2013, 2015 and 2019. Yes please!: iced coffee, crafts with the kids, date night, wine & a fabulous cheese board, getting a great deal on something, crossing things off of a to-do list, updating and decorating our fixer upper, planning parties, a pen that writes really smoothly, supporting our Military and their families, taking pictures, big family cook-outs, the Patriots, and giving gifts. Aw heck no!: mushrooms, mean people, GERMS, paying full price for anything, being stuck indoors, and friends who chronically cancel plans.

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