As we face challenging times ahead, as neighbors, we want to pitch in and do our part for our community and beyond. Given we have had to suspend our childcare services and programming, we wanted to share any resources and information to those in need of community services. Below is a list of resources for you and your families as you navigate these unforeseen circumstances. If you know anyone in need of these resources, please feel free to share with your neighbors.
Meal Sites in Greater Boston Area:
CPS to Provide Weekday Breakfast & Lunch Beginning Monday March 16:
CPS will be packing and distributing bagged breakfasts and lunches to locations throughout the city.
Any family facing food challenges is welcome to pick up one bag per child, regardless of Free/Reduced Price Lunch status.
See more details for specific pick-up times here.
SNAP-Match: Central Square Farmer's Market participates in SNAP-Matching which means your $15 in SNAP benefits (government food assistance program) becomes $30 in fresh fruits and vegetables! It is an amazing program that maximizes
the fresh produce available to those using the SNAP system.
Community Aid Requests:
Project Bread Hotline:
General Health Resources:
Mental Health Support:
Headspace App Free for the unemployed, K-12 educators and healthcare workers: Discover meditation and mindfulness tools to help you feel less stressed, more resilient, and kinder to yourself.
Parents Helping Parents Hotline: 800-632-8188
For Seniors and Adults with Disabilities:
The Friendship Line (24 hours): 800-971-0016
Financial & Legal Assistance:
Filing for unemployment through Mass.Gov:
To apply for unemployment, click here.
For a video on how to apply with step-by-step instructions, click here.
Over the phone, call 1-617-626-6800 or 1-877-626-6800.
Career & Networking:
For Survivors/ Those Experiencing Domestic Violence:
The Cambridge Women's Center is a community organization that provides a supportive community space for all women, and it is remaining open for the time being as a safe space for those who do not have a place to go. They also have a number of hotlines and online resources.
Counseling, Legal Advocacy, and Case Management:
"We encourage survivors who are looking to begin services to submit a request online or by phone at 617-492-8306, and our service access team will explore your individual needs with you."
Hotline: "Running as usual! You can still reach our hotline for support by phone 24-7 at 800-841-8371 and online 9:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m. at barcc.org/chat."
Medical Advocacy: "You can contact our hotline, visit surviverape.org for more information, and reach out to the Forensic Information Line at 866-463-3799 (Mondays 3:00–5:00 p.m. and Thursdays 10:00 a.m.–12:00 noon; if you leave a message, they will call you back within two business days."