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Food Resources in the MassArt Area

Photo of the newly designed "The Shelf" - MassArt's pantry and toiletry resource for students

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, food security is the "access by all people at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life."

In 2021, 10.2% of all US households were food-insecure. Below are resources to combat food insecurity, so that our students' main concerns are their classes.

the shelf

MassArt’s The Shelf offers free non-perishable food and toiletries. It is open to ALL MassArt students. It is accessible through the Commuter Cafe, on the 2nd Floor of the Kennedy Building.

Monday through Thursday 9:00am - 6:30pm
Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm

Wish List & donations

We are always looking for donations! You can donate items from our Amazon Wish List, make a monetary donation, or drop off food items in person at the Student Development Office.

snap: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Another option for you is to apply for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).  Most low income students who meet any of the following are SNAP-eligible, including:

  • Students who were awarded work study - even if they currently don't have a work study job on campus
  • Students who were awarded a MassGrant
  • Students who have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $0

You  can easily apply for SNAP online through DTAConnect.

Greater Boston Food Bank

The Greater Boston Food Bank services 190 towns from Lowell to the Cape and will provide information on local food pantries, kids’ cafes and the Brown Bag Program.

To find locations near you, type in your zip code.

Project Bread

Project Bread is a statewide information and referral source for people facing hunger. They will refer you to emergency food sources in your area as well as provide information on school meals, summer food sites for children, elder meal programs, SNAP, etc. They will also screen for SNAP eligibility and help with applications for SNAP. They offer help in 160 different languages.

Food Source Hotline: 1.800.645.8333

Two Dollars a Bag Program

The Two Dollars a Bag Program is a community agency based in Dorchester that hands out fresh fruits and vegetables in Boston and Eastern Massachusetts. Anyone in need is welcome and an ID or referral is NOT required. There are no income limits and you don’t have to sign up ahead of time. You also won’t be turned down if you can’t pay the $2.00 a bag.

For more information, call 617.288.6185.

Fresh Truck

Fresh Truck  is on a mission to radically impact community health by getting food to people that need it the most. They host a Weekly Market, a year-round mobile grocery store bringing healthy, affordable food to the same place, at the same time, every week for families that need it most; as well as Pop-up Events, when the Fresh Truck bus becomes a customizable food centered activity hub for block parties, cooking demos and workshops.

additional resources

View Resources by Neighborhood courtesy of Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital:

Boston Area Food Resources