Support Food Insecure and Vulnerable Populations

Fight food insecurity

Cambridge Fridge

Sign up for shifts or donate food at the Harvard Square community fridge!

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Food distribution at Boston schools

Boston Cares

Boston Cares is partnering with the City of Boston and Boston Public Schools to provide centralized volunteer recruitment and coordation to meet the emerging needs of the City during the COVID-19 pandemic. Projects addressing current needs are updated regularly.

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Food distribution to the elderly and people with disabilities

Meals on Wheels

Volunteering for Meals on Wheels is a great way to make a huge impact in a short amount of time. By delivering meals you bring nutritious food and a friendly visit to eight to 10 seniors and people with disabilities in your community. Anyone can deliver meals, and it’s a great volunteer opportunity for families and teams of employees, as well. Sign up today and find out how easy and rewarding it is to bring nutrition and independence to your neighbors!

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Food pantries

Foodpantries.org

We not only provide listings of pantries, but we also provide information on: food closets, food banks, soup kitchens, congregate meal locations, food boxes, vouchers, etc. Our comprehensive list of food assistance programs provides full descriptions, pictures, hours, volunteer information, etc. Food locations provided are faith based, government and non profit. We list them all.

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Food preparation and delivery

The Friday Café (Cambridge)

Every Friday during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the Friday Café distributes 100 pre-made meals to homeless and food-insecure Cambridge neighbors, along with socks, toiletries, and other essentials. Will you help us by signing up to make 10 bag lunches for an upcoming Café? Typically, The Friday Café at First Church in Cambridge is a welcoming space where homeless and housed neighbors can gather and get to know each other. It offers food and coffee, rest and resources to people living on the margins—but most importantly it offers community. At the Friday Café, people experiencing a wide variety of life circumstances can relax, share a meal, and talk together as friends.

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Food preparation and sorting

Greater Boston Food Bank

Volunteers at The Greater Boston Food Bank play a critical role in helping to end hunger in Eastern Massachusetts, and their role is even more critical now given the COVID-19 crisis. GBFB is committed to keeping our network in operation and getting food to our neighbors in need during this crisis. Volunteer tasks will focus on high need/critical projects like our CSFP and Brown Bag boxes for seniors and food sorting projects.

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Give a 'Friendly Call' to reduce isolation

Somerville Cambridge Elder Services

In an effort to reduce isolation and loneliness during the Coronavirus pandemic, Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services (SCES) has launched a new Friendly Phone Call system. Friendly Phone Call matches older adults who are feeling isolated with an SCES team member or volunteer. Once connected, the pair can decide how often they’d like to connect, and what they want to talk about, explained SCES Assistant Director Annie Fowler.

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Give a 'Friendly Call' to reduce isolation

QuarantineChat

We created QuarantineChat as a response to the coronavirus causing people in cities to be in quarantine, isolating humans from each other. While people can still talk to their friends and family virtually, the experience of spontaneously talking to a stranger is now missing from many of our lives. Whether the virus has affected you, or you're worried, or you live in the woods—your phone might ring and connect you to another interesting person you should meet. COVID-19 is not a lighthearted matter, but we hope this project brings people moments of joy in an otherwise dark time.

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Run errands for elderly and immunocompromised individuals

LivelyHood

Founded by a group of students from Harvard, designers, and engineers across the country who are driven to help at-risk communities in this time of uncertainty. Our mission is to mobilize help for vulnerable, at-risk members of our local community. In the face of COVID-19, social distancing is limiting the movement of people and changing our way of life. We are hoping to make a difference by keeping at-risk members of the community in their homes, and by asking the willing and able to run a few extra errands when they are out.

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Serve as a Veteran's Penpal

Office of Veteran Services

The goal of our program is to pair people or families (buddies) with local veterans. The Office of Veteran Services will provide the buddy with the name, branch of service and, in some cases, the wartime era that the local veteran served in. It's a great way to form life-long bonds with our nation's greatest treasures: our veterans.

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Serve frontline workers

Off Their Plate

Off Their Plate is a grassroots movement that began with a simple idea: We rally around the tireless frontline COVID healthcare workers by restoring work and livelihoods to our local frontline workforce. We can do more than stay home. Our work provides a conduit for the community to provide during a moment of crisis: provide nutritious meals to the hospital teams we depend on, provide jobs to those who have lost them. Together, we can help take one thing Off Their Plate.

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Share resources with Harvard students

Students vs Pandemics

Students vs Pandemics is a catalyst network solving time-sensitive humanitarian crises by empowering rising leaders and promoting interdisciplinary collaboration. We are a group of grad and undergrad students working to improve transparency and communication, build community, and identify needs and innovate solutions. We do so by sharing health education material, resources for students, and opportunities to serve our greater community through our resources spreadsheet and Instagram, write policy memos for state legislators, address digital disparity, and launch other initiatives. Founded at Harvard, SvP gained over 100 members within a week of its launch and has now more than doubled that as we build a movement at universities across the nation.

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Support a local food bank

Feeding America

The Feeding America nationwide network of food banks secures and distributes 4.3 billion meals each year through food pantries and meal programs throughout the United States and leads the nation to engage in the fight against hunger. Contact your local community food bank to find food or click here to read about public assistance programs.

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Support children across the globe

UNICEF

Join us to make a direct impact in the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children.

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Support Latino and other immigrant communities

Latino Support Network

The Latino Support Network serves the Latino community and other immigrant communities in Lynn, MA. We promote socio-economic, cultural and civic integration and participation of our constituents by providing training, mentoring, coaching and by identifying and fostering the human capital of our constituents. Our work to support the immigrant and undocumented population in the North Shore in response to Covid-19 has focused on providing the following assistance:

  • Food assistance
  • Financial assistance to pay utility bills or for transportation
  • Support with Rental Assistance and Applications RAFT
  • Tenant rights
  • Support to worker-owned cooperatives

For those interested in supporting any of the areas of focus of our work, we have lots of volunteer opportunities to do work from home. The opportunities mainly involve outreach, engagement, advocacy and online training work.

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Support the Somerville Winter Farmers Market

Boston Cares

Volunteers are crucial to the success of this market. Volunteers will be divided into three groups: indoor pick-up distribution, curbside pick-up, and outdoor farmers market. Volunteers will carry out a variety of tasks including: welcoming people to the market, reminding customers of the safety protocols, distributing customer orders, assisting with curbside delivery, etc. You will receive more specific information about your assigned role the day before the market. 

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Support worldwide movements dedicated to saving lives and ending poverty

Care International

Around the world, CARE Members and Affiliates are organizing events, public speeches, challenge tours – all with the help of committed volunteers. They raise awareness, engage the public and bring the needs of poor people to the attention of politicians. If you are interested and want to become engaged, contact the CARE Member in your country.

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Write letters to senior citizens

Letters Against Isolation

We realized that without visitors or the ability to interact with the wider world, many senior citizens may be growing lonely. Senior loneliness is a well-documented issue and has effects not only on seniors’ mental health but on their physical health. We believed that we could do something to help this situation. We decided to spread some joy and write handwritten letters to residents of assisted living facilities and care homes. When growing demand for letters outpaced us, we started Letters Against Isolation. Letters Against Isolation has since expanded to serve thousands of seniors in the US, Canada, the UK, Australia, and Israel.

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