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Food Access

ATTENTION: Please note changes to the Food Pantry and the Fresh Truck – updated 5.4.2020

Having access to nutritious foods is essential to your overall health and well-being.  Harbor Health supports community programs to make sure you and your family can get affordable healthy food.

The Food Pantry at Daniel Driscoll-Neponset Health Center, Dorchester – OPEN

ATTENTION: To keep our clients healthy and safe, the Food Pantry will be open 8:30 AM-5:00 PM on Tuesdays until further notice. Please wear a face mask or facial covering and keep a 6 foot social distance between you and the person in front of you in line. 

Tuesdays: 8:30 am-5:00 pm – come to the Food Pantry later in the day to avoid lines early in the morning!
Location: 10 Minot Street, Dorchester – just across the street from Daniel Driscoll – Neponset Health Center!

Please do not come to the food pantry if you:

  • Are sick or have a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing
  • Have been in close contact with someone suspected of having or who tested positive for COVID-19
  • Have tested positive for COVID-19

A friend or family member can pick up food for you.

If you don’t have someone to pick up food for you or you cannot come on Tuesdays, call us at 617-533-2228.  We will do our best to help you.

Thank you for your help keeping everyone healthy and safe!

ABOUT US: The Food Pantry at Daniel Driscoll – Neponset Health Center is open to everyone.  Patients of all Harbor community health centers and members of the community are all welcome. Financial eligibility requirements apply.  Pantry clients can attend once per month.

SUPPORT THE FOOD PANTRY: We are grateful for support from the Greater Boston Food Bank, local businesses, and individuals – you make this important work possible!  There are many ways you  can support the Food Pantry:

  • Make a donation. Financial contributions are essential to sustaining the services offered by the Food Pantry.  To donate, visit hhsi.us/donate and select “Food Pantry at Daniel Driscoll – Neponset Health Center” in the drop down menu.
  • Donate food. Donations of non-perishable food donations are welcome!  Please call us first at 617-533-2228 to arrange a drop-off time or purchase something from our Amazon Wishlist.
  • Volunteer.  If you are interested in volunteering, please click here to complete our sign-up survey or call us at 617-533-2228 for more information about volunteering.

Please call 617-533-2228 for more information!

Fresh Truck, Dorchester

ATTENTION: In response to Coronavirus/COVID-19, the Fresh Truck has suspended all markets, effective immediately and until further notice. 

The Fresh Truck is now offering a Fresh Truck Box with a week’s worth of healthy food and grocery staples to Boston households facing food insecurity. Boxes will be provided to households at no cost.

If you are looking to getting a Fresh Truck Box for your household or others please reach out to the Fresh Truck team at covidresponse@aboutfresh.org.

SNAP Application Assistance, Dorchester, Plymouth, Hyannis – OPEN

We are doing SNAP Appointments over the phone!

To make sure everyone in our community can get enough healthy, nutritious food for themselves and all the members of their family, Harbor Health and the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) are working together to help you with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program/SNAP needs at our the health centers!

Our community health workers can help anyone in the community who is having trouble paying for food. You do not have to be a Harbor Health patient to make an appointment for help with your SNAP application.

To make an appointment call:

Jessica Espiritusanto, (617) 533-2267

Camila Barbosa, (508) 778-5413

Food Insecurity Reduction Program, Hyannis

Available all year to eligible patients at Harbor Community Health Center – Hyannis thanks to the generous support from Project Bread and the Walk For Hunger.

Care teams at Harbor Community Health Center – Hyannis can help eligible patients access grocery store gift cards to purchase food.

Holiday/Seasonal Resources, Dorchester

Speak with your care team to learn more about special holiday and cold weather programs for eligible patients including:

  • Thanksgiving Turkeys and Trimmings
  • Globe Santa
  • Winter Coats for children
  • Backpacks for kids

Harbor Health’s Dorchester South/South Boston Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program also provides support for families that qualify.  Call 617-265-4380 for more information about WIC.