Food security is a huge, ongoing problem in Massachusetts: over 100k more households are on SNAP assistance than before the pandemic. Benefits are difficult to access, don't cover essentials like diapers, and are in constant danger of being cut even further.

Food is a basic necessity for everyone, one of many that our capitalist system has failed to provide for many. MAMAS organize and work collectively as a community to meet those needs, modeling as best we can the better world that is not only possible but necessary.

The MAMAS Groceries and Deliveries working group supports food security within Medford and Somerville. We deliver groceries or grocery cards to anyone who needs them, without means-testing or judgment.

<aside> 🤲 To join the Groceries and Deliveries working group, email [email protected] with the subject line “Groceries and Deliveries Working Group help.”

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OUR PROJECTS

Join our mailing list to get regular emails with grocery and delivery opportunities.

Supermarket Sweep

Sweep is a recurring event where we deliver direct grocery aid to our neighbors in Medford and Somerville, with no means-testing or judgment. Mutual aid is more fun together: we gather at Stop & Shop and hand out grocery lists to shop for and grocery cards to deliver.

If you would like to participate as a deliverer, email [email protected] with the subject line “Help with Sweep.”

Pairing

We pair MAMAS deliverers with neighbors to deliver groceries and grocery gift cards, and run other small errands like picking up prescriptions. MAMAS pairing currently supports 80 households in Medford and Somerville, representing 235 people. People who have paired find this to be a gratifying aspect of mutual aid, with new relationships and friendships they would not have made otherwise!

To be a pair you only need to commit to making reliable deliveries of groceries or grocery cards, and be willing to help MAMAS grow our mutual aid project. You can set your own schedule for deliveries, and MAMAS will reimburse you monthly for grocery or monetary assistance you give to your pair, based on the size of the pair’s household. If you have the means and would like to contribute your own money toward your pairing, that is great too!

If there is a specific pairing you are interested in supporting, please email us at [email protected].

If you know a household that is looking to receive pairing support from MAMAS, please have them call the hotline at [(339) 545–1315](tel:(339) 545–1315), and leave a message in English, Spanish, Portuguese or Haitian Creole.

WORKING GROUP RESOURCES