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Food Access

ATTENTION: Please note changes to the Food Pantry and the Fresh Truck – updated 3.31.2020

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

ATTENTION: To keep our clients healthy and safe, starting March 17, the Food Pantry will be open 8:30 AM-5:00 PM on Tuesdays until further notice

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!

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.

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.

Ashmont Farmers Market, Dorchester

Fridays: 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June-October
Location: Ashmont MBTA Plaza, 1900 Dorchester Avenue

Harbor Health looks forward to sponsoring the 2020 season of the Ashmont Farmers Market! Cash, credit and debit cards, and SNAP/EBT, HIP at the Ashmont Farmers Market.

SNAP Application Assistance, Dorchester, Plymouth, Hyannis

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:

Geiger Gibson Community Health Center, 250 Mount Vernon Street, Dorchester 
Contact: Jessica Espiritusanto, (617) 533-2267

Daniel Driscoll Neponset Health Center, 398 Neponset Avenue, Dorchester
Contact: Jessica Espiritusanto, (617) 533-2267

Harbor Community Health Center – Plymouth, 10 Cordage Park, Suite 115, Plymouth
Call (508) 778-5449 for an appointment with our community health worker

Harbor Community Health Center – Hyannis, 735 Attucks Lane, Hyannis
Contact: 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.