Food Resources for Students and Families
P-EBT Informational Brochure in English and Spanish
Free Grab-and-Go Meals
Stop by one of our sites for a free grab-and-go breakfast and lunch. No ID required and one person can pick up for the entire family. Please bring a bag if you are picking up for multiple family members or for someone who needs assistance.
Times: Monday - Friday, 9:00am to 11:00am (in all weather)
Friday Food Backpack Program
Families who receive Friday backpack meals will be receiving a phone call or email about picking up bags during this closure period. If you do not receive a call or email, please reach out to Meghan Bouchard, SFLC Liaison Program Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Food Pantry Information
Visit www.somervillefoodsecurity.org for food pantry locations and hours. Website will note any restrictions such as requiring an ID or proof of Somerville residency.
Food Pantry for Quarantined and Disabled Residents
Starting March 17, the City of Somerville and Food For Free will run a supplemental food pantry. Register online: http://bit.ly/SOMFoodPantry. Deliveries reserved for those in quarantine or with limited mobility. Please limit use to once per week. Seniors with questions can also call the Council on Aging for more information at (617) 625-6600, ext 2300. This pantry is open to all residents, but delivery is restricted to those who qualify. NEW: Pick ups at the Kennedy School, off Sartwell Ave.
P-EBT (Pandemic-Electronic Benefits Transfer)
Additional Funds for Food: Massachusetts families with children who were receiving free and reduced price school meals will be receiving food support through the federal Pandemic-EBT program. P-EBT is a separate program that functions like SNAP. Benefit amounts are based on a daily student rate. Additional information in multiple languages is available HERE. Informational brochure in English and Spanish available HERE.
- The Public Charge rule does NOT apply to P-EBT benefits. Using P-EBT benefits does NOT impact your or your child’s immigration status.
- For families on SNAP, P-EBT benefits will be issued on their normal SNAP EBT card.
- Families not already receiving SNAP will get a special P-EBT Food Card in the mail for each child that can be used to purchase food at local grocers.
- Eligible families include those approved for National School Lunch Program free or reduced-price meals, including all children in Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) schools or school districts.
Apply for Free/Reduced Price Meals: Qualifying for free/reduced lunch may open up additional resources for your family, such as eligibility for P-EBT benefits. All students attending schools designated as CEP (Community Eligibility Provision) do not need to complete a lunch application and already receive free lunch. These students are also automatically eligible for P-EBT. Somerville High School, Healey School, Next Wave/Full Circle, Winter Hill Community Innovation School, and East Somerville Community School are all CEP-designated schools in our district. If your student attends another SPS school and you believe your financial situation might now make you eligible for free/reduced lunch, we encourage you to apply at:
Call with Concerns and Questions
Call 3-1-1 any time if you are concerned about food access, and they will connect you with the appropriate resource.