COVID-19 Resources Accessible by Visiting

This is the map sharing COVID-19 related resources in the city of Boston that are accessible by visiting. The virtual resources are shared through the Wellness Ideas Bank, a collective effort made possible by our partners and community members. The information may change rapidly. Please contact each location before visiting. We will add more resources and keep this page updated as we receive more information.

(Last updated: July 9, 2020)

Please click the tab icon in the top left of the map to see the list of places to visit.

  • WIC approved stores
  • Summer meal sites for youth
  • Food pantries and free meals
  • Meal pick-up sites for seniors
  • Specialty grocery stores
  • COVID-19 testing sites
  • Homeless population services including emergency shelters
  • Diapers & hygiene kits may be available at the YMCA meal sites for children (Cradles to Crayons): please also contact ABCD's Mystic Valley location at 781-321-2501 or email mvoc@bostonabcd.org.
Additional Resources
  • [Food] Project Bread's Foodsource Hotline - If you or someone you know living in Massachusetts needs food assistance, please refer them to Project Bread's FoodSource Hotline toll-free at 1-800-645-8333 (Monday- Friday: 8am - 7pm; Saturday: 10am - 2pm). 
  • [Food] Meals on Wheels (Project Bread) - Meals on Wheels is a program that offers well-balanced meals to adults through home delivery or congregated dining sites. Please call 1-800-243-4636 to find the closest agency. If you need home-delivered meals, staff will make an appointment for a home-delivered meal assessment.
  • [Food] Fresh Box Program - Delivery of pre-packed ‘Fresh Truck Boxes’ with about a week’s worth of produce to the Boston households. Please check the eligibility and email the Office of Food Access at food@boston.gov
  • [Food] Ethos Meals on Wheels - Ethos brings meals to home bound seniors. Click here or call 617-477-6606 to learn more about Meals on Wheels or to enroll. 
  • [Food] BPS Food Delivery to Students with IEP Services - BPS Office of Special Education is offering to deliver food to families that need it. "BPS can deliver meals to your home for your student with IEP services, and any other BPS students in the household." If you want to participate, please contact mealdelivery@bostonpublicschools.org that you want to be included in the BPS meal delivery service.
  • [Food] Food Assistance Gift Cards - City Mission is granting eligible Boston residents in need of food assistance with $100 or $150 gift cards. Please apply here.
  • [Housing] Housing/Eviction Related Resources - Community Housing Data Tool by Vital Village shares COVID-19 related updates for the Boston residents. 
  • [Child Care] Massachusetts EEC Approved Exempt Emergency Child Care Programs in Massachusetts - "Do not contact an emergency child care program unless you require emergency, back-up, drop-in care. Priority must be given to people including but not limited to health care workers, essential state and human service workers, COVID-19 health workers, grocery store employees, emergency response personnel, law enforcement, transportation and infrastructure workers, sanitation workers, DCF-involved families, and families living in shelters." (The full list in a table is available here.)
  • [Info] City of Boston's Text Alert Service - Please text BOSCOVID to 888-777 (English) for daily COVID-19 updates (available in 10 different languages).
  • [Info] Wellness Ideas Bank- Various resources, ideas, and events for supporting wellness and social connections are submitted by community members. Please submit more resources and ideas @ https://bit.ly/WellnessIdeasSubmit 
  • [Utility] Internet Connectivity and Technology Needs - City of Boston's webpage with special offers from Comcast, PCS for People, RCN, Starry, and Verizon for low-income residents.
  • [Utility] Lifeline - Apply for a discounted communications service through the Lifeline Program. It is a government benefit program that provides a monthly discount on one communications service from a certified Lifeline service provider. The program offers three options: 1. home phone service 2. home internet service (where available) 3. a wireless phone plan with data. The Lifeline Program subsidy does not cover the cost of a wireless device, but some Lifeline Providers may choose to offer an initial wireless device upon completing enrollment.
  • [Transportation] MBTA Reduced Service - All MBTA services are running on a reduced schedule until further notice in the interest of the health and safety of our riders and employees. 
  • [Transportation] RMV Essential Transactions Only - Customers who need to complete "essential" transactions are required to make an online reservation; no walk-in policy; 10 RMV centers in MA will be open. 
  • [Health] Buoy - Massachusetts residents can use it to assess symptoms and find the right care. "Buoy's online tool is not to be used in place of emergency medical care. If this is an emergency, call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room." More information is available here.
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