COVID-19 Resources: Free Food: Meals & Groceries

Meals To Go for All

Salvation Army

Serving meals to go.

Monday-Friday
Breakfast & Lunch to Go  10am-12pm.
33 Myrtle St, Waltham, MA

Vegetable Box Distribution

Every Wednesday

10AM until all products have been distributed


Immanuel Methodist Church, Middlesex Human Services Agency

Dinner in to-go containers. 781-894-6110

Monday-Friday
4:30-5:30pm
545 Moody St., Waltham, MA, 02453, Enter via Cherry Street, on the lower level of church.

Notice: To-go daily meals on Saturdays and Sundays will stop on August 22, 2020 till further notice. Will have double meals to go on Fridays.

Safety Practices: Using all possible recommended COVID-19 prevention techniques as they strive to balance absolutely minimizing the spread of COVID-19 while still providing those in need with free and healthy food.


Food Not Bombs

Organization utilizes kitchen at Community Day Center to provide a vegetarian weekend to-go meal, open to all.

Saturday
12:30pm
On the Waltham Common near the corner of Main and Moody

Sunday
5-6pm
On the Waltham Common near the corner of Main and Moody

 

Meals to Go for Youth

Waltham Public Schools

Waltham Public Schools- Food program sign up starts NOW, first curbside pickup will be Sept. 17.
Register at: https://www.walthampublicschools.org/parents/food-services/

Meals to Go for Seniors

Waltham Council on Aging

For seniors with needs they cannot meet, call the senior center at 781-314-3499. They are able to deliver frozen meals to those who have no other resources.


Springwell

Springwell's Community Dining Sites are continuing their operations, providing take-out meals instead of their usual dine-in service. All residents over the age of 60 are eligible to participate. Waltham hosts two dining sites:

Waltham Clark Apartments
48 Pine St
781-398-0150
Monday-Friday, 11:30am

Waltham Mill Apartments
174 Moody St
617-972-5700
Tuesdays, 11:30am


Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels is a program that offers well-balanced meals to adults through home delivery or congregated dining sites. If you need home-delivered meals, staff will make an appointment for a home-delivered meal assessment.

Call 1-800-243-4636 to find the closest agency.

Meals to Go for Homeless Residents

Community Day Center of Waltham

The Day Center is closed, but staff are distributing bag lunches outside the center.  director@communitydaycenter.org

Mon-Fri
12:30
16 Felton Street, Waltham

Safety Practices: A single staff person is handling all food that is prepared at the Community Day Center, and taking all precautions for sanitizing and disinfecting. Most of the items that are put into the brown bags are already pre-wrapped (e.g. bags of chips, energy bars). Hand-held fruit is washed in advance. 

Home Delivery

Grocery Orders

If you or someone in your household has COVID, you can order groceries to be delivered.  Check WATCH's list with links for ordering groceries from local grocery stores.  If you are in quarantine and unable to order groceries, please contact suzi@watchcdc.org


Family Table at Jewish Family and Children's Services

Family Table operates food distributions each month. Groceries are delivered to clients who lack transportation. The upcoming food distribution date in Waltham is September 13. For more details about the Family Table please call 781-693-5593.

Food Pantries & Markets All pantries and markets are free, except the Waltham Farmer's Market

Immanuel Church Food Pantry, Middlesex Human Services Agency
Pantry offers a variety of fresh, frozen and canned foods. All are welcome.

Every Wednesday
9am - 12pm
545 Moody Street (Enter from Cherry Street)

Safety Practices: Using all possible recommended COVID-19 prevention techniques as they strive to balance absolutely minimizing the spread of COVID-19 while still providing those in need with free and healthy food.


Healthy Waltham, Community Response Pantry

Food Market for any Waltham resident. No registration necessary. Program distributes 4-5 bags per family, including fresh vegetables and fruits, meats, and assorted canned goods. There is a line for cars where staff will put food in trunks; there is another line for pedestrians to pick up grocery bags.  Walkers-PLEASE BRING CARTS to carry your bags. For more information please visit here.

2nd, 4th and 5th Thursdays.

Upcoming date:
Thursday, Sept 24, Oct 8, Oct 22
4pm-5:30pm
Saint Mary’s Church
133 School St., parking lot behind building, (please enter from the Pond St. side).


Middlesex Human Services Agency Food Market

3rd Saturday of the month.

Next market:  Saturday, October 17th
1-2pm
50 Prospect St., Waltham, parking lot

Safety Practices: Using all possible recommended COVID-19 prevention techniques as they strive to balance absolutely minimizing the spread of COVID-19 while still providing those in need with free and healthy food.


Salvation Army Food Pantry

Each individual or family can get food once a month. Bring photo ID, proof of address (lease, utility bill) and income (paystubs, Social Security letter).  781-894-0413 Food is prepared to go.

Monday-Friday
10am-12pm
33 Myrtle Street


Grandma's Pantry

Pre- bagged food distributed to Waltham seniors (60+ on fixed incomes) outside in the rear parking lot of the church. People may come on foot or drive their car to the back parking lot.

2nd and 4th Saturdays
9:00-11:00am

Christ Church Episcopal
750 Main St, Waltham, MA, 02451
781-891-6012


Charles River Mobile Market

Open to patients of Charles River Community Health Center Waltham or Brighton. Mobile Market is now operating as a drive-thru - it is held outdoors with  no registration process; participants receive a bag of fresh produce.  ONE family member should attend. Can drive or walk up, cars preferred. Read more here.

3rd Tuesday of the month

Next Market:  October 20th
1:30-2:30pm

Charles River Community Health
495 Western Avenue
Brighton, MA


Centre Street Food Pantry

Provide pre-packed grocery bag pickups, as well as paper products, cleaning and personal care items.

Grocery pickups:

Tuesdays, 2:30-6:00pm
First Saturday, 11:30am-2:00pm

11 Homer St in Newton Center
Lower level of Trinity Church, pick up on Furber Lane

We now have an outdoor operation with curbside pickup. We provide pre-packed bags of cold and frozen foods as well as produce and dry goods. We accept new families who live in one of the communities we serve as well as those already registered with us. We ask that new families fill out our online pantry registration form Or print and fill out our paper form.


Waltham Farmers Market

They accept SNAP benefits for eligible food products. For every dollar of SNAP benefits spent they give one dollar. They give up to $10 per EBT card holder, eligible once per week. They are open rain or shine.

June 6th through October 31
Saturdays, 9:30AM to 2:00PM
119 School St, the corner of School and Lexington

Safety Practices: Masks are required, 6-foot distancing, follow one-way signs, no dogs allowed, and please stay home if you are sick.

Financial Assistance and Other Food Support

Food Stamps, Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA)

If you get SNAP and you work, and you lose hours or have to stop work, report your lower hours to DTA as soon as you can, so they can adjust your SNAP benefit amount.

To apply for SNAP or check your account:

  1. Visit www.DTAConnect.com or download the DTA Connect Mobile app to submit documents, check your balance, and more.
  2. Apply online through Mass.gov.
  3. For additional help, call Project Bread.  Can assist callers apply for SNAP in over 160 languages. Read more on their flyer.
    1-800-645-8333
    Monday - Friday: 8AM to 7PM
    Saturday: 10AM to 2PMor reach hotline counselors by instant message through www.gettingsnap.org
  4. WATCH CDC Housing & Basic Needs Clinic - Contact the clinic for assistance in applying or updating your application. Contact Suzi at WATCH by leaving a message at 781-891-6689 ext. 203 and you will get a return call as soon as possible.

Pandemic EBT (P-EBT)

P-EBT cards provide additional money for families to purchase food while their children’s schools are closed. P-EBT cards are distributed to families whose children receive free or reduced meals or attend a school where every child receives free meals.

Look for a notice in the mail from the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) in May. Families not already receiving DTA benefits will get mailed their card separately from the notice. If you have not received your card by late May, call Project Bread’s FoodSource hotline at 800-645-8333.

Received your card? Set it up now! Call Massachusetts’ EBT hotline (800) 997-2555 Create a PIN: use the last 4 digits of your child’s case number that was provided on the notice you got in the mail and the child’s date of birth (using the 2 digit month + 2 digit day. Example: 04/06) Use it like an EBT card for purchasing groceries from approved retailers.

Where can P-EBT be used? P-EBT can be used anywhere that SNAP is accepted, such as grocery stores or smaller corner stores (look for signs that say “We accept EBT here”). Starting May 29th, Massachusetts residents who receive SNAP benefits can use their EBT card to buy food online from Amazon and Walmart .

What can be purchased with P-EBT? P-EBT acts similarly to SNAP benefits. You can purchase most fresh, canned, and frozen foods. P-EBT cannot purchase items such as diapers, cleaning products, paper goods (toilet paper, paper towels, etc.), supplements/medicines, prepared meals or restaurant food, pet food, alcohol or recreational marijuana.

Questions? Call Project Bread’s Hotline Number at: 1-800-645-8333 Flyers on P-EBT in multiple languages

These cards cannot be donated, but you are able to use this card to purchase food (pantry staples are most helpful!) and then donate the food.

Have more questions? Project Bread's Facebook page has a lot of great information about P-EBT. Also map-ebt.org answers many frequently asked questions.


WIC Offices, Waltham

WIC continues to offer services over the phone to pregnant, postpartum, breastfeeding, non-breastfeeding women and kids up to the age of 5. The offices are still closed until further notice, but WIC benefits are even easier to get at this time, because participants do not have to go into an office for their appointments. Everything is done remotely and they get their benefits downloaded onto their WIC card. Anybody can go shop for WIC families if they are not able to go to the store. WIC is sending $25 coupon booklets for the farmers market at the beginning of August, one per approved family member.

To enroll participants please go online or call our offices:

  • Waltham: 781 642-7194​
  • Framingham: 508 620-1445
  • Marlboro: 508 481-1605 -

Like our Facebook page for updates and resources.

All our staff are safely working from home and able to:

  • Enroll new participants
  • Re-enroll families who have been on WIC before
  • Do nutrition consultations over the phone
  • Download food and formula benefits remotely onto WIC cards
  • Offer virtual breastfeeding classes
  • Help participants to apply for SNAP benefits and MassHealth and make referrals to programs that can help families with other needs.

Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights for clients who have questions re whether they are eligible for SNAP Attorney is Lauren. 617-988-0609  https://www.lawyerscommittee.org/


Project Bread FoodSource Hotline

If you or someone you know living in Massachusetts needs food assistance, please refer them to Project Bread's FoodSource Hotline, toll-free and confidential, at 1-800-645-8333. Monday-Friday: 8am-7pm. Saturday: 10am-2pm.

Counselors can assist callers with: Information, eligibility, and over-the-phone application assistance with SNAP, school meal site information, summer meal site information, and local community resources, such as food pantries and meal services.

Counselors can assist callers in 160 languages and there is a dedicated line to assist the hearing-impaired community at  TTY: 1-800-377-1292. More information can be found, here. This service is available to all Massachusetts residents.


Family Table at Jewish Family and Children's Services

For assistance with food access and referral to services call the Family Table at 781-693-5593. They also provide assistance applying for and using SNAP benefits. To contact, please email them at SNAPhelp@jfcsboston.org or call the JF&CS Bet Tzedek Intake Line at 781-693-1333.


Food Safety Flyer

Check out Watch's Food Safety Flyer for recommendations on safe grocery shopping procedures.

Closures

Waltham Islamic Society (as of 7/14/20)

Services are on hold until further notice.


St. Mary's Food Pantry (as of 3/31/20)

Pantry no longer operating.


Sacred Heart Food Pantry (as of 3/25/20)

Until further notice, the food pantry at Sacred Heart is closed.


Waltham YMCA (as of 4/20/20)

YMCA is no longer providing food service in Waltham.