Basic Living Expenses

Help with food, winter clothing, furniture, and household items


APO Ride Board
Alpha Phi Omega maintains a ride board, a map of the United States and Canada on which the MIT community can post notices to share rides and to reduce travel expenses. It is currently located outside the exit of Lobdell Dining Hall on the second floor of the Student Center.

Boston Low-income Resources
A comprehensive guide to services in the Boston area, including several food assistance options.

Choose to Reuse
Donate and pick up recycled items. Everything at Choose to Reuse is free! Items include clean and usable clothes, books, and other household items. You don’t have to give items to get items! Events are held the third Thursday of the month during the academic year in Stata Center.

Daily Table
Daily Table is a new grocery store at 684 Mass. Ave. in Central Square that sources nutritious, delicious food at prices that average 30% less than other local supermarkets.

Grad-n-go meals prepared in their own kitchen, all SNAP-eligible, are also available starting at $1.99.

Davis Projects for Peace Fellowships
Davis Projects for Peace Fellowships offers a $10,000 fellowship for an MIT undergraduate student project that promotes peace, to be implemented during the summer.

Discounted T-Pass
Discounted T-Passes for students are offered by the MBTA.

Fair Foods Inc.
Providing healthy produce to low-income people in the Boston area.

Family Food Grant
Graduate Residential Life offers a Family Food Grant to graduate student families who are experiencing food insecurity.

Feeding America
The Feeding America network is the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, working to connect people with food and end hunger.

Find It Cambridge
Online resource connecting to a wide variety of events, programs and resources in Cambridge.

FoodPantries.org
Find local pantries, soup kitchens, food shelves, food banks and other food help.

Food Recovery Network
A national nonprofit that fights food waste and hunger by recovering perishable food that would otherwise go to waste from campus dining halls and donating it to those in need.

Free Cooking Classes
When available, free cooking classes (with meals to take home!) will periodically be posted in the Tim's Kitchen newsletter.

Free Food Email List
The Free food list is an e-mail listserv at MIT which notifies you of delicious leftover food from campus events. Food is free for anyone to take! Sign up through Moira, list "free-food".

GradSupport
The Office of Graduate Education provides advice and counsel on a variety of issues including faculty/student relationships, changing your advisor, conflict negotiation, funding, academic progress, interpersonal concerns, and a student’s rights and responsibilities.

Homeless Shelter Directory
Includes lists of emergency food resources:  soup kitchens, food pantries, food banks

Kids' Clothing Exchange
Held in October and April, Spouses & Partners Connect Kids' Clothing Exchange offers free kids' clothing, outerwear, shoes, toys and books for children ages birth-5. Expectant parents welcome. Find dates in their calendar.

MIT Reuse lists
MIT Reuse List is a group email list for exchanging free and for-sale items located at MIT or within the greater Boston area.

MIT Student Furniture Exchange (FX)
The MIT Student Furniture Exchange (FX), a service project of the MIT Women's League since 1960, sells used furniture and household goods at bargain prices and is open to the MIT, Harvard, Suffolk, and BU communities.

MIT Women’s League Clothing Program
The Women’s League collects and distributes free clothing to international undergraduates.

OME Distinguished Peers
Students can be nominated to be Distinguished Peers and recieve a $100 gift card.

SNAP benefits (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)
Under the 2021 Consolidated Appropriations Act, eligibility for SNAP food assistance has been temporarily expanded to include students eligible to participate in the Federal Work Study program during the academic year OR students that have a federal expected family contribution (EFC) of $0 in the current academic year. ​Students may apply for SNAP benefits here. If you are unsure if you are eligible for federal work study or have a $0 EFC, contact SFS at sfs@mit.edu

Solidarity Supply Distro
Free groceries weekly in Boston

Summer Housing Grant
This fund provides MIT students who are participating in an unpaid or underpaid internship/volunteer opportunity over the summer with a small grant of up to $1,000 to subsidize summer housing expenses.

Swapfest
MIT Radio Society sponsors a swapfest on the third Sunday of each month, April through October. Buy, swap, sell amateur radio, electronic, and computer equipment.

SwipeShare
SwipeShare is a program that allows students who are on a meal plan to donate their guest swipes to other students struggling with food insecurity. To request a meal follow this form.

TechCASH Information
For students struggling with food costs, Student Support Services can provide small increments of TechCASH to a student’s account for immediate food needs. Please contact a dean at S^3 to inquire about TechCASH or food assistance. For graduate students, please contact Associate Dean Naomi Carton at naomic@mit.edu.

TechMart At-Cost Grocery Store
TechMart is an at-cost grocery store for students offering staples like vegetables, fruit, pasta, dairy, and meats.

Trash2Treasure
Trash2Treasure is an annual program that takes one student's trash and turns it into another student's treasure. Items left behind by graduating students are collected during the end-of-year move-out and either sent to local donation facilities or sold at a Fall Reuse Sale at the start of the fall semester when the students come to campus.

Women’s Lunch Place
Currently providing takeout meals; core services include healthy meals, direct care and advocacy as outreach.