In an effort to address food insecurity

MGH Institute supports a self-service pantry to provide non-perishable food, household items, and personal care products to any IHP community member in need.

The IHP Community Pantry is located in Building 39 near the Office of Student Affairs and Services (campus map). Pantry items are stored in the cabinets adjacent to the lounge. The Pantry is completely self-service and available Monday-Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm.

For community members with broader needs, the Institute’s Financial Aid Office has financial resources available for students.

Food Resources in Greater Boston

The City of Boston, Office of Food Access works to make healthy food more available and affordable.  Here are some links for individual communities:

The Greater Boston Food Bank
Phone:  (617) 427-5200

Fair Foods Boston- 2 dollar a bag of groceries
Phone: (617) 288-6185
email: info [at]

Free Groceries for All
Solidarity Supply Distro
Mondays at 5:30pm
549 Columbus Ave, Boston
BostonSolidaritySupplyDistro [at]

Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline 

The City of Boston, in partnership with Project Bread, YMCA of Greater Boston, Boston Centers for Youth and Families, and other community organizations, will provide free meals to all youth and teens at various locations and times across the City.

Map of Greater Boston-area meal sites for Children and Youth
Please note the following important details:

  • All pick-up sites are set up to be "grab and go".
  • Practice social distancing (keeping six feet between yourself and others).
  • Stay home if you are sick.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
While not all full-time students are eligible for SNAP, COVID-related changes guidelines as of 2021 expand eligibility. The USDA website has more information about who is eligible. If you are a student and meet SNAP eligibility requirements, you may be eligible if you also meet one of the SNAP exemptions – including new exemptions that began in January 2021. Apply in the state where you live, in this case, MA: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).