Cambridge Community Food Line Will Deliver Food Items to Residents at High Risk of Food Insecurity


3/22/2020

The health and safety of the Cambridge community is our top priority during this unprecedented time. While many of the city’s food pantries have temporarily closed, we are working to ensure that Cambridge residents have access to food during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The City and Food for Free have set up the Cambridge Community Food Line (617-349-9155), a food item delivery service for Cambridge residents who are at high risk of food insecurity. The service will deliver a weekly bag of produce and shelf stable food items to eligible individuals and families until food pantries and meal programs can reopen.

You qualify for this service if:

  • The food pantry or meal program you used has closed until further notice
  • You have lost your job or part of your income and cannot afford groceries at this time
  • You are homebound due to illness, disability, or quarantine and do not have friends or family that can bring you food
  • You are at high risk for COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and do not have access to a regular food source
Note: The Cambridge Community Food Line will try to provide food items to anyone who meets the criteria above, regardless of immigration status. 

To participate in the Cambridge Community Food Line, call 617-349-9155

You will be prompted to leave a voicemail with your name, number, and address. A member of our staff will call you back within 24 hours to confirm that you meet the criteria for food item delivery. If you meet the criteria, you will be added to the weekly distribution list.

Other Resources

As the community adjusts to social distancing recommendations and restaurant closures, many people  are having to change their food habits. However, this is a time for the community to come together to support residents who are most in need and make sure that those at the highest risk of food insecurity have access to emergency food services.

Grocery stores and pharmacies remain open, and local grocery stores are offering special hours to give seniors and other at-risk individuals priority to shop before the general public  Many local restaurants are continuing to provide takeout and delivery options; call restaurants ahead of time to confirm their offerings. Click here for a list of local businesses and their operation status

For more information about available Food Assistance, visit www.cambridgema.gov/COVID19/food.  

For additional information from the City of Cambridge about impacts and services related to the COVID-19 outbreak, visit  www.cambridgema.gov/COVID19.