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The Massachusetts Emergency Food Assistance Program (MEFAP) was established in 1995 to ensure that citizens in need have access to a supply of quality food in the Commonwealth. The program is implemented through a unique partnership between the state and a private, non-profit food distribution network made up of four regional food banks. The resources noted below are to help find or sign up for food based resources in your area.

  • Food Pantries in Worcester  A directory of Food Banks, Soup Kitchens, and non-profit organizations in Worcester committed to fighting hunger. 
  • Food Pantries in Southbridge  A directory of Food Banks, Soup Kitchens, and non-profit organizations in Southbridge committed to fighting hunger. 
  • Worcester County Food Bank (WCFB) WCFB is the region’s leading anti- hunger organization distributing over 6 million pounds of donated food and grocery product in partnership with food donors, financial supporters, and volunteers. 
  • Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) | Food and Nutrition Service The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides Federal grants to States for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five. 
  • The Canal District Farmers Market gives Massachusetts food vendors and farmers a place to come together and celebrate good, hard, honest work - the work done by the hands of our neighbors.

 

SNAP is a nutrition program for families and individuals that meet certain income and resource guidelines. SNAP benefits help you buy nutritious food for your family. You can be working and still qualify for SNAP benefits. If you qualify for SNAP benefits you can use these benefits to purchase food at most grocery stores, convenience stores and pharmacies.

SNAP benefits are accessed with an Electronic Benefit Transfer Card (EBT). These cards are used the same way you would use a debit or ATM card. SNAP benefits can be used to buy any food product except alcohol, pet food or heated foods.

 

Populations Served: Families and individuals that meet certain income and resource guidelines.

Eligibility Criteria

SNAP eligibility depends on household size, assets, income and certain living expenses. Please fill out the appropriate form.

  • SNAP Benefits Application (English) (English Fill-In PDF) (Word)
  • SNAP Benefits Application (Spanish) (Spanish Fill-In PDF) (Word)
  • SNAP Benefits Application (Vietnamese) PDF
  • SNAP Benefits Application (Haitian Creole) PDF
  • SNAP Benefits Application (Arabic) PDF
  • Call the SNAP Hotline at 866.950 FOOD (3663) to have an application mailed to you.

Remember to ask for the Elder SNAP application if you are a senior (age 60 or older) - it's easier to fill out!