Food Resources – Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology

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Proper nutrition plays an important role in student success!

In Massachusetts, at least 37% of students have experienced food insecurity (source).  If you’re having difficulty meeting your food needs, there’s help available. Below are some of the resources available to you.

The information linked below is not affiliated with BFCIT and the college does not accept any responsibility for the reliability of the information provided. These resources are included here as an example of what is available through your community. It is the student’s responsibility to carefully evaluate all resources.

SNAP Benefits

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly called food stamps) provide you with additional funds to purchase food based on your income level and the size of your household—up to $234/month for a single person, and more for couples and families with children. When approved, you’ll receive an EBT card (similar to a debit card) that allows you to purchase groceries at most retailers and farmers markets, as well as some online food retailers.

In addition, SNAP benefits provide discounted access to many museums, the New England Aquarium, the Franklin Park Zoo, and more through the EBT Card to Culture program. Tip: If you don’t see the place you want to visit listed, try Googling the name of that place followed by “EBT discount” to see what they offer.

You may qualify for SNAP if you meet income requirements and you meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • work at least 20 hours a week
  • have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $0
  • were awarded work study—even if you don’t currently have a work study job
  • were awarded the maximum Pell Grant amount
  • were awarded a MassGrant, or
  • meet another rule, like having young children or a disability

Learn more about SNAP on www.mass.gov. Go to https://dtaconnect.eohhs.mass.gov to apply!

If you have questions about eligibility, the application process, verification documentation, or want help applying reach out to the Office of Student Wellness and Success. Emma will be happy to help!

Project Bread

Project Bread helps connect individuals with reliable sources of food. It can direct you to food pantries and free meal sites and help you apply for SNAP benefits, and more! You can find more information at https://www.projectbread.org/get-help or by calling 1-800-645-8333.

Food Pantries

Food pantries provide free access to non-perishable foods like canned goods, pasta, and more. Many food pantries also have fresh fruits and vegetables, milk, and other fresh food items. You can find your local food pantry by contacting Project Bread (see above, available statewide) or by visiting the Greater Boston Food Bank website at https://www.gbfb.org/need-food.

On-Campus Food Resources

BFIT has a few different programs to help students access the food they need, including a small food pantry. Reach out to Emma in the Wellness Office with questions about the on-campus food resources.

Need further assistance?

If you would like assistance with any of the resources listed here, please contact Emma Michalowski, Director of Student Wellness and Support, at [email protected] or 617-606-3449.


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