Below are perennial resources for food assistance. In this unusual time of the COVID pandemic, we’ve compiled an additional list of food resources that is updated frequently given the changing landscape. Find it here: www.tinyurl.com/somfoodlink.
Visit The Somerville Food Security Coalition‘s website for these and many more resources on free community meals, pantries, food gardening, fuel assistance, and so much more!
SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits, formerly known as food stamps, can help you buy fresh and healthy food for yourself and your family. SNAP benefits are loaded onto a card monthly and can be used at grocery stores or smaller food retailers on anything like fresh vegetables, rice, bread, beans, milk, meat, fruit, and more–even seeds to grow your own food! Take this quiz to see if you are eligible and apply online, or apply by mail using these forms.
The Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) is a new benefit for SNAP clients designed to stretch your dollar farther. For every dollar you spend on fresh produce at our market and other farmers’ markets in the state, you get one dollar back! Find where to spend your HIP dollars here.
WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) is a free nutrition program for pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, as well as infants and children up to five years old who meet the WIC income guidelines and are found to have a nutritional risk. WIC can help you buy healthy foods for you and your child, offer nutrition and breastfeeding advice, and connect you to community resources. Call the Somerville / Cambridge WIC office at (617) 575-5330 to schedule an appointment and apply. Not in these cities? Visit the WIC website to find your local office. If you already have WIC, inquire with your local office about WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program Coupons, which is additional money to be spent on fresh food at any farmers’ market.
Senior Farmers’ Market Coupons are coupons distributed annually in July by Somerville Cambridge Elder Services for low-income seniors to use at farmers’ markets. Visit this website or call them today at (617) 628-2601 to find out if you’re eligible.