Resources for the Greater Boston Area

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Food

The Greater Boston Food Bank
Address: 70 South Bay Avenue, Boston, MA 02118
Hours: M – F, 8:00am – 4:30pm
Phone: 617-427-5200
Email: info@gbfb.org
Partner Agency Map: https://www.gbfb.org/need-food/
Project Bread
Address: 145 Border Street. East Boston, MA 02128
Phone: 617-723-5000
Email: info@projectbread.org
Community Servings
Address: 179 Amory Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Hours: 6am – 8pm, Monday–Friday; 8am – 4pm, Saturday
Phone: 617-522-7777
Email: info@servings.org
School Children Lunches
(Greater Boston YMCA)
With Boston Public Schools closed to students starting on Tuesday, March 17, the city will continue to provide free breakfast and lunch meals to all Boston students.
Address: click here for meal site
Hours: 8am – 12pm, Monday–Friday

Food: Special Shopping Hours

For Massachusetts, the following supermarkets are enacting early morning shopping hours for special groups.

*We recommend calling your neighborhood locations beforehand to verify their updated hours of operation. Staffing is subject to change.
Market Basket
Special hours: 6:00am – 7:00am, Daily
Customers Allowed: Seniors aged 60 years and over only
Stop and Shop
Special hours:  6:00am – 7:30am, Daily
Customers Allowed: Seniors aged 60 years and over, as well as immunocompromised shoppers
Big Y
Special hours:  7:00am – 8:00am, Daily
Customers Allowed: Seniors aged 60 years and over, as well as immunocompromised shoppers

Shelters

Pine Street Inn (Male and Female)
Address: 444 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118
Hours:
24 hours, 7 days a week
Phone:
617-892-9100
Email:
info@pinestreetinn.org
Rosie's Place (Female shelter)
Address: 889 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02118
Hours:
7:30am – 7:30pm, Monday - Friday;
10am – 7:30pm, Saturday & Sunday
Phone:
617-442-9322
Email:
info@rosiesplace.org
Office of Housing Stability (If you are at risk of becoming homeless)
Hours: 9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday
Phone:
617-635-4200
Email:
housingstability@boston.gov
Metro Housing Boston
Address: 1411 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02120
Phone:
617-859-0400
Email:
info@metrohousingboston.org

Social Support

If you need to talk to someone about how you’re feeling, grieve the loss of a loved one to suicide, or learn how to help others in crisis, you can find support with us.
Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Phone: (877)-870-HOPE (4673)

Education

A mission-focused non-profit, Khan Academy’s is doing their part to ensure students keep learning amidst the school closures

General Information

Wash your hands with soap for 20 seconds.
Using soap and water to wash your hands is the most effective way to ensure prevention of infection.

While Hand sanitizer can destroy germs, using soap and water also removes them from your skin entirely. But the soap is necessary!

Your soap does not need to be antibacterial! Soap works by flushing the germs off your skin while also removing their protective shells. It is already very effective when used properly!
Hand sanitizer MUST be at LEAST 60% alcohol content or higher.
Hand sanitizer is more effective between 60% and 80%. A certain amount of water helps the sanitizer spread and destroy germs more effectively.

Effective hand sanitizer will be alcohol based. Ingredients to look for: ethanol, ethyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol. Any of these three are fine.
You can make your own hand sanitizer if you’ve run out!
Use a 2:1 mixture of Isopropyl Alcohol (91%) and aloe vera gel for a quick at home recipe. This ratio ensures the 60% alcohol threshold. You can add 8 to 10 drops of a scented oil for personal preference.

Do NOT use vodka or other liquors, as being erroneously spread on social media. It is not strong enough (80 proof would be 40%, need at LEAST 60%!)
Please stay indoors unless you have to leave for an essential activity.
If you must go out in public, maintain a 6 foot distance where possible, when interacting with others.
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