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    Meals on Wheels- 781-729-8353

    Food delivery. Includes 1 hot and 1 cold meal per day. Cold meal-salad, bread, sandwich, fruit. Hot meal-veggies, protein, starch. Delivery time 10:30-12. Caters for allergy concerns. Available 5 days/week. Can order 1 or all 5 days. Can choose any day(s) Monday-Friday. Not available on weekends. Food is prepared in the Winchester Hospital Kitchen.

    Who could benefit–Taking new clients and have broadened list. Currently, no age or income related restrictions. Only restriction is you need to live in Winchester.

    How to set up: Call 781-720-8353
    Cost- 4.25/day. Can get this reduced to 2.00/day through applying via the Jenks center

    Contact info- Call 781-720-8353
    Other- Looking for volunteers for driving. No help accepted in kitchen at Winchester Hospital.

    En Ka Food Pantry

    1037 Main Street, Winchester 781-369-5844. socialservice@enkasociety.org

    Providing non perishable food and personal care items to persons living in Winchester who do not have adequate financial resources to meet basic needs. Use of the En Ka pantry is limited to one time per month and does not prohibit individuals or families visiting the Woburn pantry. The En Ka pantry is open to all households, through pre-arrainged appointments.


    Council for Social Concern-Call 781-935-6495

    Serves Woburn and Winchester only. Does not go by income, just residency. People can get food 1x/month- currently 1 box and 2 bags. Box and bags include staples- Peanut butter, pasta, sauce, rice, beans, soup, box milk. Meat-chicken, pork, meatballs, dairy if available. Cheese and eggs. In addition, people will receive gift cards to Market Basket or Stop and Shop. Monetary value of gift card is according to family size. Food is currently brought out to client’s cars. Unable to shop in store (as done previously) for infection control.

    Who could benefit- anyone. No income or age restrictions. Need appointment. Clients can stop by and pick up their bag on that day.

    How to set up: Need to make an appointment by calling 781-935-6495. Clients are set up with a monthly appointment time to stop by and pick up their bags

    Pick up times are:
    Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:45-12, 1:30-3. Wednesdays 6-7.  As noted above, boxes will be brought out to cars. No shopping inside store as was done previously.

    Contact info: 781-935-6495

    Jenks Center

    Historically has served Winchester residents over age 55. Now serving anyone in need. Is partnered with Meals on Wheels for food delivery. Currently not offering “Eating Together Program” due to infection control concerns.

    Who could benefit- Anyone. Staff is taking staple grocery orders for people who can’t get out to buy staples

    How to set up: For meal delivery, best to call Meals on Wheels directly at 781-729-8353
    Contact- for emergency shopping and other concerns (781) 721-7136 info@jenkscenter.org

    Winchester Got Lunch

    The program is partnered with the Town of Winchester Public School system. On daily basis, there are kids who receive subsidy for daily lunch and breakfast. The town is obliged to make this happen in crisis. After Covid-19, Families were originally asked to come to schools to pick up food, but they did not. Then WGL started delivering breakfast and lunch foods they can prepare themselves to the families instead. This will end tomorrow. Instead, starting Monday 3/30 WGL will deliver gift cards to Stop and Shop so families can buy food items they need and will eat.

    In addition to families served by the town subsidized lunches, WGL will serve anyone with food insecurity. They will also be given gift cards for Stop and Shop so they can choose what foods their families will eat. WGL also has an emergency box of non-perishables for those who need more immediate assistance.

    Who could benefit- Focus is on families with children, including 0-5 age group. Do not need to be on Winchester public school lunch program. Anyone who needs help can get it. Will not refuse anyone. Seniors will be referred to Jenks Center to partner with Meals on Wheels.

    How to set up: Call 781-856-8700. Calls are confidential, as are deliveries.
    Cost- none
    Contact info-781-856-8700 www.winchestergotlunch.org
    Other-not looking for volunteers for driving. Would like monetary donations via website.

    Minute Man- 888-222-6171

    Meals on Wheels and Grocery shopping, meal prep, personal care available. Hot lunch provided for Seniors who live alone and are at risk. Serves the following towns: Winchester, Woburn, Wilmington, Arlington, Burlington, Lexington, Bedford, Concord, Carlisle, Lincoln, Acton, Maynard, Stowe, Boxborough, Littleton, Harvard.

    Who can benefit-Seniors who live alone and are at risk.
    How to set up/Contact- call 888-222-6171 or apply online at www.minutemansenior.org

    WIC-Women Infants and Children

    Description-WIC is a nutrition program that provides healthy foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and referrals to healthcare and other services, Who can benefit- pregnant and breastfeeding women, children ages 0-5. Cost-free of charge for Massachusetts families who qualify.

    How to set up-call for intake information
    Contact: (800) 942-1007.

    Greater Boston Food Bank/ Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

    Description GBFB offers assistance with applications for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps. SNAP benefits are put on an electronic card that is used like an ATM or bank card, and can be used at most supermarkets, convenience stores, and some farmers’ markets.

    Who can benefit? SNAP is for everyone—families, seniors, disabled, homeless, unemployed, employed, veterans, and active military. If you are within the income limits, you may be eligible.

    Cost-varies according to income level
    website has link to local food pantries. (See my list below)

    How to set up- Contact to determine eligibility, to complete an application, or for help with an existing case:
    Contact- 617-598-5022
    Email: SNAP@gbfb.org
    Online: GBFB.org/SNAP

    Food Pantries (this information was obtained from the GBFB website)

    Anchor Baptist Church Pantry
    29A Montvale Ave.
    Woburn, MA 01801
    (781) 932-0765
    Hours of Operation: Saturdays 9-10

    They make up packed banana boxes from what stores don’t sell. Currently not much is coming in. Boxes include 70-80.00 worth of groceries. Staples. Seasonal produce and dairy (milk, cheese and eggs). Pick up food from GBFB on Friday and give out on Saturdays. Only give packed bags, not gift cards.

    Who can benefit: First come, first served. Need ID that shows they live in the community. Serve towns of Winchester, Woburn, Stoneham, Lexington, Burlington. They deliver on a limited bases in cases where people can’t come out. E.g Shut-ins, single moms with no car, elderly

    Contact- (781) 932-0765

    Other- are accepting volunteers-coordinate with Deacon to unload bus from Greater Boston Food Bank and to pack boxes on Fridays 11-1. Frank Sheehan 781-254-5316 (referred by Evelyn Johnson- Pastor’s wife)

    Arlington Eats Inc
    74 Pleasant St.
    Arlington, MA 02476
    2.43 miles

    Food bank. Amount of food given varies

    Who can benefit-Serve Arlington residents only. If there is no other way a family can get to the food pantry, they will deliver. No forms to fill out. They serve anyone who comes.
    Cost- nothing
    Hours of Operation:
    Wednesday 09:00 AM-10:30 AM
    Wednesday 05:30 PM – 7:00 PM

    YMCA/Malden Hope Chest Pantry
    99 Dartmouth St
    Malden, MA 02155

    (781) 324-7680
    Hours of Operation:

    Mon-Friday 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
    Saturday. 9-12

    Food bank. First time clients need to register which is done when people come. People are entitled to get food 1x/week. They service all surrounding towns. No need to show income verification.

    Who is eligible-anyone from any town.
    Contact-(781) 324-7680

    SVDP/St. Raphael’s Food Pantry
    38 Boston Ave
    Medford, MA 02155
    (781) 488-5444
    Hours of Operation:
    Tuesday 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

    Unitarian Universalist Church Pantry
    147 High Street
    Medford, MA 02155
    (781) 396-4549
    Hours of Operation:
    Thursday 6:00 PM- 7:30 PM

    Friends of Francis Food Pantry
    441 Fellsway West
    Medford, MA 02155
    (781) 391-5048
    Who can benefit-Open to residents of all local communities. No proof of income required, but you must bring a utility bill, rental lease or something with proof of home occupancy. Amount of food given varies depending on availability

    Contact-(781) 391-5048
    Hours of Operation:
    Thursday 3:00 PM-4:30 PM

    Adventist Community Services Food Pantry
    9 Gerry Street
    Stoneham, MA 02180
    (781) 438-1374
    Description-food bank
    Who can benefit-serves Stoneham residents only
    Contact- (781) 438-1374
    Hours of Operation:
    Monday 02:00 PM-04:00 PM
    Wednesday 12:30 PM-1:30 PM

    Belmont Food Pantry

    455 Concord Ave
    Belmont, MA 02478

    Food bank.

    Who can benefit- Belmont residents only. Require Belmont residencey proof but not proof of income. Food is given the first time.
    Contact-(617) 504-3253
    Hours of Operation:
    Saturday 08:00 AM 10:00 AM 1st;3rd

    Project Bread

    This organization receives daily updates from the Governor’s office about available food at Food Pantries in the greater Boston area. The list changes daily. Interested families should call project bread directly to get daily information on which pantries to call. They are also partnered with SNAP. (see above information)

    Contact information: www.projectbread.org/covid19.