Summer Food Resources

Summer Food Resources

Fairhaven Public Schools discontinued its Grab N Go Nutrition Services at Elizabeth I. Hastings Middle School on the last day of school, June 17, 2021. 

We realize that there are families who may be in need of food assistance over the summer and want to provide you with additional information and resources on available options. Click on the link below to find a list of local Food/Nutrition Resources for you and your family this summer.
List of Local Grab N Go FREE Meal Pickup Sites


Project Bread FoodSource Hotline
For anyone in Massachusetts who needs food assistance, start by calling the FoodSource Hotline, a one-stop-shop to learn about all the resources available to you.

Project Bread's FoodSource Hotline is toll-free and confidential, at 1-800-645-8333.

Hotline Hours: Monday-Friday: 8am - 7pm. Saturday: 10am - 2pm.

Counselors can assist callers with SNAP (information, eligibility screening, and over-the-phone application assistance), finding free meals for kids and school meal sites, summer meal sites, P-EBT, local food pantries and meal programs, and more. Counselors can assist callers in 180 languages.


Financial Assistance for Groceries through SNAP
SNAP stands for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. A federal nutrition program (formerly known as food stamps) that provides monthly financial assistance to purchase groceries to Massachusetts residents who qualify. Once enrolled, you will receive a monthly cash benefit on an EBT card that can be used just like a debit card for food shopping.

To learn more about your eligibility, call 1-800-645-8333 or visit the website at GettingSNAP.org.



Free Meals for Kids and Teens
Free meals are currently being provided for all kids and teens at sites across Massachusetts. These meals will continue to be provided through the end of September 2021.

All kids and teens are eligible for these meals, no registration or identification is required to pick them up.

Find a list of local resources for food here: Local Food/Nutrition Resources. You can also use meals4kids.org/find-summer-meal-site to find free meal sites.



Pandemic EBT for Eligible Students (P-EBT)
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 authorized the payment of P-EBT food benefits to households with children who would have received free or reduced-price school meals at a public school, if not for a school closure. These temporary food benefits are to help cover the cost of meals children would otherwise would have received at school

Families who receive SNAP benefits or cash assistance will receive P-EBT benefits on the EBT card they already have. Students receiving P-EBT can still pick up meals from grab-and-go student meal sites.

To learn more about your eligibility, call 1-877-382-2363 or visit https://www.map-ebt.org



Food Pantries
Food pantries provide free emergency groceries to individuals and families in their local communities. For the latest information about hours and operation, visit www.gbfb.org.

To see a list of local Food Pantries in the New Bedford area, click here: https://www.gbfb.org/need-food/

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