COVID-19 Resources: Free Food: Meals & Groceries

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


Food Not Bombs

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

Saturday
12:30pm
16 Felton St, Waltham

Meals to Go for Youth

Waltham Public Schools, 3/27/20

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

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).  Food is distributed via curbside pick-up.

Lunch
Monday- Friday, 12pm
- Chesterbrook Gardens Spray Park:  Brookway Court
- Prospect Hill Terrace Housing Playground, 2 Hansen Lane

Dinner
Monday-Friday, 5pm
- Gilmore Park, 90 Hall St
- Prospect Hill Community Center, 42 Hansen Rd
- Chesterbrook Gardens, 25 Chester Ln

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.

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

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

Waltham Islamic Society

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

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:
Thursday, May 21, June 4
4:00-5:30 pm

Saturday, May 30
2:00-3:30 pm

30 Pond St (St. Mary's Church parking lot)


Middlesex Human Services Agency Food Market

Operates monthly, still running as scheduled.

Saturday, June 20
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.

Operation:

May 19
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)

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)

A new kind of food card called a P-EBT is automatically being sent to all children who either get SNAP benefits or are eligible for free or reduced lunch. The card is in addition to school food distribution already available. This includes all students at Title 1 schools in Waltham: Kennedy, McDevitt, Northeast, Plympton, Stanley, Whittemore, Waltham Dual Language.

Undocumented children will receive a card. The card does not count as a public charge. Children under age five are not included.


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/

 

Closures

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.