Regional Resources and Help Centers

There are many people in our community who need support and additional resources now more than ever. The YMCA of Metro North is here to help our members and communities with this list of regionally available resources.  Please contact us, or reach out directly, to the agencies and organizations listed below if you need assistance. Check back as we will continue to update this list. If you have a resource you would like to add, please fill out our form below.

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General / Mutual Aid Resources

The Massachusetts 211 hotline connects residents with essential services, like food banks, help with child and elder care, domestic violence resources, and other areas of need. If your phone provider doesn’t recognize 211 as a valid number, you can reach the hotline at 1-877-211-MASS (6277).

For support specifically to your town, here is a list of Mutual Aid Resources By Towns in Massachusetts.  AARP also has more information about regional/ local Mutual Aid groups here at this link. 

Crisis Resources

Mental Health: Please contact Lahey Health Behavioral Services Psychiatric Crisis Team at 978-744-1585 or 866-523-1216 for any psychiatric emergencies in need of immediate support.

Parental Stress Hotline: Available 24/7 Call 1-800 632 8188

Domestic Violence: Call 1-877-785-2020 for Safe Link, the Massachusetts domestic violence hotline.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or in Spanish at 1-866-628-9454. Anyone with a hearing impairment can call 1-800-799-4889.

Boston Area Rape Crisis Center at 1-800-841-8371.


Food and Nutrition Supports

All Towns

Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline is a toll-free hotline that is the only comprehensive statewide information and referral service in Massachusetts for people facing hunger—can connect you to food resources in your community: 1-800-645-8333

Meals on Wheels (Seniors): If you are interested in Meals on Wheels, call Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley and North Shore at 978-750-4540.

Peabody/ Lynnfield

Peabody Public Schools: distribution will take place at the Welch School (12-3:00), Higgins Middle School (1-3:00), and high school(1-3:00). The school department will provide breakfast and lunch on Mondays, April 20 and April 27 at the three schools. Food distribution is for students on free and reduced lunch.

Haven from Hunger (71 Wallis Street, Peabody) is providing pre-bagged groceries from 9-10am (Seniors only), and 10:30am – 2:30pm M, T, TH, & F. This service is available to all residents of Peabody, Salem, and Lynnfield.  Please call or visit their website to complete necessary forms: (978) 531-9775.


The Lynn YMCA (20 Neptune Blvd) is providing Grab & Go meals from 2-5pm, M-F.

Lynn Public Schools are providing “grab and go” lunches Monday through Friday: 11am-1pm (Marshall Middle School, English High School, Classical High School, LVTI)

My Brothers Table (98 Willow St.) Daily M-F 12-6 (to go meals only) Weekends: 2-4:30: (781) 595-3224

Salvation Army (1 Franklin St.) Daily 9-11am (can pick up once a month): (781) 598-0673


Breakfast & Lunch (grab & go) is available at Saugus High School (23 Main St), 10am-12pm M, W, F. 

Saugus United Parish Food Pantry (50 Essex St) is open to residents of Saugus every Friday from 9:30-11am, 781-233-2663.

See also Malden Food Pantry, below.


Melrose Public Schools is providing Lunch (grab & go) at Lincoln School (80 West Wyoming Avenue) and Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School (350 Lynn Fells Parkway), M-F, 11am-12:30pm.

Malden Food Pantry (54 Eastern)–Open Wednesdays 4-6pm and Fridays 2-4pm. Serves residents of Malden, Everett, Medford, Melrose, Saugus, Stoneham, Wakefield, Winchester, Reading and North Reading: 781-397-0404

For information about staying active and eating well, visit Mass in Motion. 

Diapers & Wipes

Our Lynn YMCA, Torigian Family YMCA (Peabody), and Melrose Family YMCA branches are providing diapers and wipes for those in need. Please complete the form at this link to request or to donate. 

Lynn Economic Opportunity is also providing diapers to existing clients: 781-581-7220


Economic Relief

For a list of Emergency Funds and financial relief opportunities for workers impacted by the crisis in Massachusetts, please visit this list. 

We recommend LEO’s COVID-19 Resources which include utility relief, unemployment assistance, and more at this link. Call 781.581.7220 to leave a message for a staff member.

Have any suggestions for resources we should include, or information we’re missing? Please drop us a line.

Adults & Children with Disabilities

If you need assistance supporting an adult with disabilities, or obtaining support yourself, please contact Communitas-MA (Everett, Lynnfield, Malden, Medford, Melrose, North Reading, Reading, Stoneham) at the link or call 781.587.2314. If you are in other North Shore towns please contact Northeast Arc at the link or 978-624-2381.

The Massachusetts DDS also has resources, or you can call 2-1-1 from your phone.

Northeast Arc continues to accept new referrals and complete eligibility evaluations via tele-intervention. If you are a parent, doctor, medical professional, or other community resource to families with children birth- three years of age and have concerns or developmental questions about please make a referral to our program and we will follow up with the family to provide any needed supports.

Northeast Arc Visiting Services via telehealth (978-921-1182,


To request diapers, please visit this page. Do not use the form below unless you are suggesting a resource for this page.

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