Just last week, Social Security recipients were notified that there would be no annual cost of living increase in 2016. While this news is bad enough, retirees also became aware that they should expect higher medical premiums. Because of these two measures, there will be less money available to cover basic needs such as: food, heat, medications, and utilities.
Fortunately, there are services available to Bolton residents that can help fill some of the need for food. Below is a list of food banks and free community meals. All are non-profit charitable organizations that are operated by uncompensated community volunteers. If you need transportation to one of the food pantries, please call the Bolton Senior Center at 978-779-3313.
Meals on Wheels
MOC’s Meals on Wheels program provides meals to Bolton Residents age 60 years or over and homebound. Hot mid-day meals are delivered to an individual’s home usually between 10:00am and 2:00pm. Please call Sheila at the Senior Center to find out more about this program.
This group of caring volunteers supports Bolton residents by making and delivering weekly homemade soup to those in need. Members of the community qualify if they are unable to prepare a balanced meal because of physical or other challenges, and do not have sufficient help from family, friends or neighbors to prepare a balance meal. If you need assistance, or know someone who does, please contact Lisa D’Eon, Outreach Coordinator, at 978-779-3314.
W.H.E.A.T. Community Connections – 272 High Street, Clinton; 508-370-4943
The Food Pantry is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Sign-up forms are available at the Bolton Senior Center.
The Community Café – located at 242 High Street – serves a hot meal at 5:00 p.m. The Café is open from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. There is no charge for this meal.
The Senior Mobile Market Program, which is designed to reach Bolton’s homebound seniors who otherwise could not access the Food Pantry, is now underway (see page 8). Contact Lisa D’Eon, Outreach Coordinator, at the Bolton Senior Center (978-779-3314) for more information.
Stow Food Pantry — 353 Great Road (Route 117, Stow); 978-897-4230
The Stow Food Pantry has been serving Stow and surrounding towns – including Bolton – for over 25 years. It is located at the First Parish Church in Stow & Acton on two Friday mornings each month. The goal is to provide enough food to help a family eat for one week. The dates for November are the 6th and 20th. Please call 978-897-4230 or email info@StowFoodPantry.org. All inquiries are confidential. In order to participate in this program, please present a referral letter from a recognized organization (such as a church, social worker, COA). If you are enrolled in SNAP (food stamps), Mass Health, or SSDI, you are immediately eligible.
Stow Community Dinner – “Guest Table” – 353 Great Road (Route 117)
Beginning on November 6th, 2015, the First Parish Church of Stow and Acton will be serving a free community dinner on the first Friday of each month. Doors will open at 5:00 p.m. with the meal being served from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend, regardless of income or town of residence. Enjoy good food and great company!
Hudson Food Pantry – 28 Houghton Street, Hudson; 978-562-5280
The Hudson Food Pantry is open every Tuesday and Saturday morning from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and the first Thursday of every month from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. If you are enrolled in SNAP (food stamps), Mass Health, or SSDI, you are immediately eligible. If not, simply present a referral letter from a recognized organization (such as a church, social worker, COA). Please let the clerk on duty know if none of the above is possible.
Open Table/Maynard and Concord – 978-369-2275 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Open Table’s mission is to provide healthy food, friendship and support to those in need while respecting their privacy and dignity. Open Table offers weekly community dinner programs and food pantries in Concord and Maynard to more than 300 guests. This service includes a welcoming community of support and assistance to families and individuals, including many seniors and children.
At the community supper guests are served a healthy and nutritious meal, including dessert and coffee. Pantry items include bags of non-perishable groceries, fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products and other staples. Both the food pantry and meals are open to all who come at no charge.
The hours of operation for the food pantry – located at Clock Tower Place, Building #8 — are Mondays from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Dinners are served on Tuesdays from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the temporary location – Sudbury United Methodist Church, 251 Old Sudbury Road (Route 27) in Sudbury.
Concord – First Parish Church, 20 Lexington Road, Concord
The hours of operation for the food pantry are Thursdays from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Dinners are served on Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
SNAP – Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
SNAP benefits (formerly known as food stamps) are provided by the federal government and administered by the Commonwealth. Residents who participate in SNAP are families with children, elders and disabled. This program helps stretch your food budget and buy health food. Please contact Lisa D’Eon, Outreach Coordinator, at the Senior Center – 978-779-3314 – for assistance in applying for this benefit.