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2018 Somerville Food Resource Guide 
A comprehensive guide to Community Meals, Food Pantries and Farmer's Markets. Produced and updated by the Somerville Food Security Coalition

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Somerville Food Security Coalition
The Food Security coalition meets each month to discuss the barriers to food security for Somerville, Cambridge and Medford residents, particularly vulnerable populations, and looks to find solutions to these barriers. Their website includes links to free community meals and pantries every day of the week as well emergency food resources.

SFLC Community Clothing Closet for Families in Somerville Public Schools
Cummings School
42 Prescott St
Somerville, MA 02143

The Somerville Family Learning Collaborative (SFLC) Clothing Closet was established in response to needs identified by the Somerville Public Schools Parent Information Center (PIC). The Closet is available to students and families associated with the Somerville Public Schools. The Community Clothing CLoset help our community in the following ways:
- Supplies, Resources, and Referral Services, free of charge
- Assistance in accessing community programs that suppport learning and the health and well-being of Somerville Families and Children

How does it work?
Clothing donations are accepted from the Somerville Community - clothing must be new or gently used, clean, and stain and rip free and can be dropped off at the SFLC office, 42 Prescott St on Mondays and Tuesdays, 9:30 - 11:30am, or by appointment, (617) 625-6600, ext. 6994
- SFLC staff, SPS Families and Volunteers help collect and organize donations
- SFLC staff, School and Family Liaisons, SPS staff and schools and city partners help to identify and refer families in need of services
- The SFLC Community Clothing Closet is open to families in need: Thursdays 12 - 3pm (except school holidays or school closings)

For questions, please contact Francia Reyes at freyes@k12, or (617) 625-6600, ext. 6994

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
366 Broadway Suite 102
Somerville, MA 02145
(617) 575-5330

WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) Program is a nutrition program that provides personalized nutrition consultations, breastfeeding support, referrals to our community health care services, and checks for free, nutritious food tailored to supplement the dietary needs of our participants. Services are provided to pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, as well as infants and children up to age five.

Elizabeth Peabody House Emergency Food Pantry
275-277 Broadway 
Somerville, MA 02145
(617) 623-5510

The EPH provides individuals and families in need with fresh fruits and vegetables, dry good and dairy products on a weekly basis. Our pantry is set up like a small grocery store and community members are invited to come one time per month to get the food that they need.

Project Soup
1 Davis Square 
Somerville, MA
(617) 776-7687

Project SOUP, New England’s first free supper program,  hosts community suppers on Mondays at 5pm at the First Congregational Church of Somerville (89 College Ave, Somerville, MA 02144). It also has a main food pantry at Saint Benedict’s Church (rear basement, 15 Franklin St, East Somerville, MA 02145), and an emergency food pantry at its office location at 1 Davis Square. Project SOUP staff provides clients with assistance filling out food stamp applications, gives clients referrals to other agencies, and provides health and nutrition outreach.
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Somerville Summer Meals Program 
Various Locations Across Somerville, MA
(617) 629-5200

Free meals all summer for Somerville youth. Free breakfast and lunch at various locations across the city of Somerville prepared by the public schools’ award-winning Food and Nutrition Services department for youth under the age of 19. Visit the website listed for up-to-date locations and times.
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Somerville Community Corporation
(617) 776-5931

Community Action Agency of Somerville (CAAS)
(617) 623-7370
The mission of CAAS is to reduce poverty among local families and individuals.

Salvation Army Emergency Assistance
(617) 547-3400

Surrounding Areas:

Department of Transitional Assistance  (SNAP/Food Stamps etc)
(887) 382-2363

Project Bread: Getting Snap
145 Border St
East Boston, MA 02128
(800) 645-8333

Project Bread is the leading antihunger organization in Massachusetts, and is dedicated to alleviating, preventing, and ultimately ending hunger in Massachusetts. is an online resource to help answer your questions and determine your eligibility for SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. This was formerly known as the Food Stamps Program.

City of Cambridge Fuel Assistance (also serving Somerville)  
DHSP, 51 Inman St 
Cambridge, MA 02139  
(617) 349 6252

Call for information on eligibility for heating assistance and weatherization as well as discounts on telephone and utilities

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