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Project Bread FoodSource Hotline (Hunger Hotline)

1-800-645-8333 or 617-523-7010

The FoodSource Hotline is a free telephone information and referral service operated by Project Bread, a Massachusetts-based non-profit agency. Its purpose is to connect people in need to a variety of food resources, such as food pantries, soup kitchens, Meals on Wheels, and Food Stamps. The FoodSource Hotline serves over 2500 callers each month, and more than half are families with children.


Anyone may call.


No income requirements.


There are no immigration restrictions, and undocumented immigrants may apply.

If you are asking about Food Stamps, you may be asked for a Social Security number, but it is not necessary to provide one.


$ Free

Action Steps


Call the hotline between 8am and 5:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday or 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday at 1-800-645-8333.

2. Ask for a referral to a food pantry, soup kitchen or other food program, such as Food Stamps or Meals on Wheels.
3. Visit the pantry or other food resource to pick up food.
4. Call again for another referral as needed.
Food pantries — Callers are typically able to receive referrals to food pantries once a month. More frequent referrals may be available in times of crisis.

Internet Resources

Project Bread FoodSource Hotline
  Further information on the hotline
  Project Bread built this website to help people in Massachusetts get Food Stamps. Users can check their eligibility and print application forms. The site is available in English and, beginning in the fall of 2002, Spanish.


This information was updated August 20, 2002.
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