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USDA Free Summer Meal Program (Project Bread)

145 Border St, Boston, MA 02128
Phone: (617) 723-5000 (Project Bread)
Website: http://support.projectbread.org/site/PageServer?pagename=abouthunger_solutions_sfsp

Services: The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is a federally funded program that provides free meals to children, ages 18 and under, when school is out for the summer. Meals are often provided along with educational and recreational activities. Summer meals sites are located at schools, parks, pools, neighborhood centers, social service organizations, and other local sites throughout many cities and towns in Massachusetts. No registration or identification is needed in qualified areas. Most sites serve lunch, though some sites offer additional meals such as breakfast, snack, or dinner.

Summer Food Service Program:

Website: https://www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks

To find a meal service site near where you live, contact organizations in your community that are offering an activity program. Organizations offering activities for children are often local schools, community centers, recreation centers, and faith-based organizations. You may also call the National Hunger Hotline at 1-866-3-HUNGRY or 1-877-8-HAMBRE.

Boys and Girls Club of Worcester

65 Tainter Street, Worcester, MA 01610
Phone: 508-754-2686
Fax: 508-754-7635
Email: info@bgcworcester.org
Website: http://www.bgcworcester.org

Services: Mission is to help youth, especially those who need us most, develop the qualities needed to become responsible citizens and community leaders, through caring professional staff who forge relationships with our youth members and influence their ability to succeed in life. Provides after school programs covering academic work, healthy eating, art skills, community outreach, leadership, mentoring programs, and other support services.

Kids Café: The Boys & Girls Club is dedicated to positively influencing our youth’s lives.  While our many programs serve several purposes, one of those purposes is to promote healthy living. Some families who send their children to the Boys & Girls Club struggle to put healthy food on the table each night. Two nights a week during the school year members and their families are invited to enjoy a nutritious prepared meal right here in our Kids Café.  Each meal is nutritionally sound, and is geared toward kids’ likes.

Clubhouses: There are three Clubhouses located in Worcester. The Francis A. and Jacquelyn H. Harrington Clubhouse is located at 65 Tainter Street. The Kids Club at Great Brook Valley is located at 180 Constitution Ave. The Plumley Village Clubhouse is located at 16 Laurel Street.

Salvation Army

72 Cambridge Street, Worcester, MA 01603
(508) 799-0528

Office hours:
Monday through Friday, 7:30 am–4pm.

Transitional Housing

The Salvation Army offers a six month program for individuals in recovery. Offers a holistic approach to assist men and women; provide spiritual, social and emotional assistance The center offers residential housing, work, and group and individual therapy.

Every potential participant undergoes a comprehensive intake interview to ensure the ARC program is the best possible match for them. If the interview process determines it’s not, we’ll make every effort to refer them to a program that will be. If interested in applying or referring someone, may call the Intake Office at 1-800-SA-TRUCK (728-7825) or the number provided above ((508) 799-0528).


Clothing, etc.

Monday- Saturday 9:00 am–7:00 pm, Sundays Closed


Soup Kitchen

Salvation Army offers breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through Friday. Closed on Saturdays. Dinner only on Sunday.


Food Pantry

Food distribution Monday thru Friday, 10:00 am–12:00 pm and 12:45pm–2:00 pm.

Kids “Feast”


Services: The Kids FEAST After school Program serves children ages 6-12 throughout the Worcester Community. This is a free program for all eligible income families. The Program runs Monday through Thursday 2:00 pm-6:00 pm. We offer homework help and tutoring along with Music, Science, Art, Games & Activities. The Program runs on the same schedule as the Worcester Public School Year.

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