Relief for Our Families
Food Security, Housing, Financial Assistance, Other Supports
Free Breakfast and Lunch for students and families
SPS students and families in need can pick up breakfast and lunch meals Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. at the East Somerville Community School, Winter Hill Community Innovation School, West Somerville Neighborhood School, and the Healey School. No ID is required, and one person can pick up for multiple members of the family. If you are showing symptoms of illness, please make alternate arrangements for pickup of your meal.
Local Farmers' Markets
Use your benefits to purchase high-quality foods at local farmers' markets. Visit the Somerville Mobile Farmers' Market website for information about mobile farmers' markets and other local producer events.
FOOD PANTRY INFORMATION
Visit http://somervillefoodsecurity.org/food-access-during-covid-19/ for food pantry locations and hours. Website will note any restrictions such as requiring an ID or proof of Somerville residency.
Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) Food assistance program
Food support for Massachusetts families with children who were receiving free and reduced-price school meals. P-EBT is a separate program that functions like SNAP. Benefit amounts are based on a daily student rate. Learn more at https://www.mass.gov/info-details/pandemic-ebt-p-ebt. Please note that the Public Charge rule does NOT apply to P-EBT benefits.
- 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.
Free/Reduced Lunch Application
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 the P-EBT federal benefits offered to help alleviate the financial burden on families caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Somerville High School, Healey, Next Wave/Full Circle, Winter Hill, and East Somerville Community School are all CEP-designated schools in our district. If your student attends another school in our district and you believe your financial situation might now make you eligible for free/reduced lunch, you can apply online at:
Distribution of free diapers to families with babies or young children occurs on Wednesdays from 9:00-11:00 a.m. Diapers are distributed at ESCS and WSNS through the end of August, while supplies last.
Somerville Cares Fund
The Somerville Cares Fund provides emergency financial assistance to individuals and families during the COVID-19 public health crisis to meet needs such as food, housing, medicine, funeral costs, and other essential expenses. There is no requirement to share immigration status (undocumented residents are eligible). Funding is available for: Somerville residents, persons who work in Somerville (including those recently laid off due to the pandemic), and families with children enrolled in Somerville Public Schools. Applications will be prioritized and funded on the basis of need. Visit www.somervillema.gov/SomervilleCaresFunding to learn more and to apply.
Mental Health Supports for Adults
During these challenging times it can be helpful to have someone to talk to for support. Somerville Support Now is a volunteer effort by licensed psychotherapists who practice in and around Somerville, MA. They are offering free support sessions to anyone struggling with the COVID-19 public health crisis. They provide general support, empathy, connection, grounding skills, and coping skills through 45 minute video sessions for adults (18+) who live in Somerville, Cambridge, Medford, or Arlington, MA. Find more information or schedule a session on their website (https://www.lookingglasscounseling.net/c19support).
Parent Support Groups
The City of Somerville has compiled a very comprehensive list of resources and supports available to Somerville residents and families. If you need assistance during this crisis and are not certain what resources are available, please call 3-1-1 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and a representative will be happy to connect you to the appropriate resource(s).