If you, a family member or friend are in need of food please refer to the appropriate links below for a food pantry and meal program near you.
Project Bread’s Food Hot-Line – projectbread.org/foodsource-hotline
- If you live in Massachusetts and need food assistance start by calling the food hotline at 1-800-645-8333
- No matter what you’re going through, we understand that food is a must. We want to help you. We can connect you to programs that will help you afford groceries and put food on the table.
- Calling us is always free, and confidential. Our counselors can assist you with:
- Finding out if you are eligible for SNAP (financial assistance for groceries) and help you apply.
- Finding free meals for your kids in your community
- Learning about how to use your HIP benefits
- Finding meal programs and food pantries
Mass 211 – mass211.org
Every day, someone somewhere in Massachusetts needs to find essential community services, an after school program, a food bank, or where to secure care for an aging parent. Many face these challenges, but don’t always know where to turn for help. The Solution is to Dial 2-1-1. Mass 211 is an easy to remember telephone number that connects callers to information about critical health and human services available in their community. It serves as a resource for finding government benefits and services, nonprofit organizations, support groups, volunteer opportunities, donation programs, and other local resources. Always a confidential call, Mass 211 maintains the integrity of the 9-1-1 system saving that vital community resource for life and death emergencies.
Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, Mass 211 is an easy way to find or give help in your community. If you are unable to reach 2-1-1 due to your telephone or cell phone carrier, a toll-free number is available 1-877-211-MASS (6277)
Community Teamwork – commteam.org/programs
Find information on obtaining help with child care, employment & job training, utilities, housing services, and food and nutrition.
Summer Meals Sites – Massachusetts – meals4kids.org
Kids and teens can get free meals at hundreds of locations throughout the state, no registration or ID required! Meals will be available through the school year. Locations are continuously added and updated—if you do not see a location near you, please check back regularly.
Mill City Grows – Millcitygrows.org
Mill City Grows’ Mobile Market is proud to participate in the Massachusetts Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) which matches SNAP recipients’ purchases of local fruits and vegetables at farmers’ markets, farm stands, mobile markets, and CSA farm share programs. Our Mobile Market SNAP clients can instantly earn up to $40 per month for households of 1-2 people, $60 for households of 3-5, or $80 for households of 6 or more when you pay for your purchase using SNAP.
Your Mobile Market payment is debited from your EBT account on the same day you get SNAP benefits each month — you will earn the HIP incentive automatically when your Mobile Market payment is posted. The earned incentives can be used right away or saved for a future purchase at our Mobile Market or any SNAP retailer on any SNAP-eligible foods.
Visit www.millcitygrows.org to place your online order for fresh, locally grown, seasonal produce — just look for our green “Order Fresh Produce” button! They will bag up your order and have it ready for non-contact, curbside pickup. For questions, please email email@example.com or call 978-455-2620. Thank you for supporting our local farmers and growers!
New Hampshire Food Bank nhfoodbank.org
If you are a New Hampshire resident in search of food please visit their website for a list of feeding programs in your area.
Lowell Regional Transit Authority – lrta.com/fares/dial-a-ride
The LRTA Road Runner Senior Service is an origin to destination Paratransit service available to residents within the LRTA service area and who are 60 years of age or more. All of the Road Runner services are shared ride services intended to safely and efficiently transport as many passengers at a time as possible. All services are provided with wheelchair accessible vehicles.
Senior Service DAR provided from Lowell, Billerica, Chelmsford, Tewksbury, and Dracut: Road Runner Senior Service is available for trips which travel to a medical appointment within the LRTA service area. Seniors are asked to call their local Senior Centers for all rides not covered by Road Runner Service.
- Transportation Service Hours – 8:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. Monday – Friday, depending on the service area
- Phone: (978) 459-0152
- Dispatch will accept phone reservations from 8am to 3pm, Monday – Friday.
- 113 Thorndike Street, Lowell ( Located next to the Kennedy Center )
- Eligibility – Age 60 or over with government ID
- Must be registered with Road Runner prior to reservations