Project Bread – FoodSource Hotline
A hunger helpline for all of Massachusetts
Call 800-645-8333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about Food Stamps and to find a food pantry or soup kitchen near you.
Dismantling barriers to food assistance
Food insecurity impacts residents of all ages and backgrounds. For many, getting help can be a challenge — lack of transportation, language barriers, physical mobility limitations, application difficulties, lack of computer access, fear of stigma, simply not knowing where to turn...the list goes on.
To dismantle barriers that persist between households and federal nutrition programs we promote them extensively through multi-channel, multi-language awareness campaigns, and help individuals access them through compassionate direct service.
Compassionate help for people facing hunger
Project Bread aims to support a person or family’s ability to easily access food with dignity. Residents who call Project Bread's FoodSource Hotline receive personalized, compassionate help (in 180 languages) from our trained staff, who connect them to every food assistance program that is available and for which they are eligible.
Boosting household food budgets
SNAP is at the center of our strategy to providing long-term, sustainable food security to low-income households in Massachusetts. Yes, we screen households to determine if they're eligible for SNAP and help them apply. But we also work to dismantle barriers that persist for those eligible but not enrolled, that may contribute to SNAP's underutilization.
Our research and data department analyzes food insecurity trends used by our public policy team to influence and shape legislation to remove barriers to SNAP and increase benefit amounts, helping more people afford food with dignity. In partnership with Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance, we train schools, state agencies, and health centers.
Normalizing needing help
Two of the biggest barriers to food assistance are simply not knowing what's out there and the fear of stigma for needing help. Through targeted state-wide multi-lingual public awareness and outreach campaigns for SNAP, our FoodSource Hotline, and Summer Eats, we reach out to inform vulnerable communities and potentially eligible households while addressing misinformation and normalizing needing help.
Project Bread's FoodSource Hotline is the only place that people can turn for comprehensive referrals and information in Massachusetts.