COVID-19 Resources: Free Food- Meals & Groceries

Meals to Go for Youth

Waltham Public Schools, 3/27/20

For families with children under 21 (children do not need to be present)

UPDATE: Breakfast and lunch for 5 days - pick-up Monday only

Mondays
11:30 - 1pm
McDevitt Middle School, 75 Church Street, Waltham

Breakfast and lunch curbside pick-up discontinued at Plympton Elementary, Whittemore Elementary, Northeast Elementary

English Flyer  Spanish flyer


Waltham Boys & Girls Club 

Meals to go for families with children under 18 (children do not need to be present).  Lunch curbside pick-up

Monday- Friday
11:30am-12pm
- Chesterbrook Gardens Spray Park:  Brookway Court
- Prospect Hill Terrace Housing Playground, 2 Hansen Lane
- Home Suites Inn, 455 Totten Pond Road

Safety Practices: WPS staff are wearing gloves and masks when preparing and handing out food. They are working with police and asking people to stay 6 feet apart. They are sanitizing everything and ensuring that no staff comes to work if they are feeling any type of illness.


Waltham YMCA 3/18/20

Program available for youth/teens under 18. "Grab-and-go" breakfast and lunch meals daily. Families may drive by and pick up food from a tent outside the YMCA. This service is open to ALL. No YMCA membership or affiliation required.

Mon- Friday
8am-12pm
725 Lexington St., Waltham

Safety Practices: Operation is in an outdoor tent. All staff are screened for fever when they enter the building. One staff member runs the table. Other staff monitor social distancing, wearing gloves. Each child gets one breakfast, and one lunch and snacks (if available). Food is provided by CityFresh, and is individually wrapped. 

Meals To Go for All

Salvation Army

Serving meals to go.

Monday-Friday
Breakfast 9-10am, lunch 11:30am-1:00pm.
33 Myrtle St, Waltham, MA


Immanuel Methodist Church, Middlesex Human Services Agency

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

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

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.


Waltham Islamic Society and Ummati Foundation

Serving grab-and-go vegetarian hot meals.
See the flyer for more details.

Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday
6-7pm
313 Moody St, Waltham


Grandma's Pantry

Pre-bagged distributed to Waltham seniors on fixed incomes.

Operation:
2nd and 4th Saturdays
9-11am
Christ Church Episcopal
750 Main St, Waltham


 

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. 


Meals to Go for Seniors

Waltham Islamic Society

Seniors (60+) can call 774-275-7992 to have food delivered and/or medication picked up and delivered.


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

Food Pantries & Markets

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.


Watch City Food Market 

Food Market for any Waltham resident. No registration necessary. Program distributes one full bag of groceries. There is a line for cars where staff will put food in trunks; there is another line for pedestrians to pick up grocery bags.

Upcoming dates:
April 16, May 7
4:00-5:30 pm
St. Mary's Church, Waltham (enter parking lot on Pond Street)


Middlesex Human Services Agency Food Market

Operates monthly, still running as scheduled.

Saturday, April 18
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


Christ Church- Grandma's Pantry, 3/16/20

Pantry serves Waltham residents ages 60+. Clients should bring ID for their first visit.
Chairs placed 6 feet apart for people to use while waiting. Hand sanitizer available for use as people leave the pantry.  781-891-6012

2nd and 4th Saturdays
9:00am-11:00am
750 Main St, Waltham, MA, 02451


Charles River Community Health

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; particpants recieve a bag of fresh produce.  Read more here.

Operation:

April 7, April 21
2:30-3:30pm

Charles River Community Health
495 Western Avenue
Brighton, MA

Financial Assistance and Other Food Support

Food Stamps, Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA)

3/17/20: All DTA Offices closed. Visit DTAConnect.com or download the DTA Connect Mobile app to submit documents, check your balance, and more.

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:

Charles River Community Health - Call for help with applying for SNAP over the phone. Assistance is available via partnership with Project Bread in English and Spanish.

Contact:
Cecilia
617-549-3328
Mon-Fri
8:00-4:00pm

or

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.


WIC Offices, Waltham

For pregnant and breastfeeding women and kids 0-5.  Serving participants over the phone and loading WIC Cards with food and formula benefits remotely.  If you want to apply for WIC for the first time or if you have questions, please call  781-642-7194 and leave a voicemail.

Scheduled Breastfeeding classes can be done through WhatsApp with a peer counselor.   For up to date information about WIC please like our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Framingham.Waltham.WIC


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

Comprehensive statewide information and referral service, translation in 160 languages.
1-800-645-8333
Hearing impaired, TTY hotline: 1-800-377-1292.