"In Massachusetts, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) are combined into one program called MassHealth. MassHealth members may be able to get doctors visits, prescription drugs, hospital stays, and many other important services."
"Mass 2-1-1 is an easy to remember telephone number that connects callers to information about critical health and human services available in their community. It serves as a resource for finding government benefits and services, nonprofit organizations, support groups, volunteer opportunities, donation programs, and other local resources. Always a confidential call, Mass 2-1-1 maintains the integrity of the 9-1-1 system saving that vital community resource for life and death emergencies."
"MASSTART is a free collaborative service that helps families and schools plan for the health care and safety of children and adolescents with special health needs."
WIC Nutrition Program
"Women, Infants, & Children (WIC) is a nutrition program that provides healthy foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and referrals to healthcare and other services, free of charge, to Massachusetts families who qualify. Contact us at (800) 942-1007."
Click here to apply for free or reduced meals.
SNAP - Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
SNAP offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities.
The Elias Center in Taunton, MA is a school health clinic for a student from other countries to get caught up on immunizations.
Franklin Food Pantry
"The Franklin Food Pantry is here to help you in your time of need. We provide food and household necessities to supplement your main grocery sources. You can visit the Pantry daily for items such as fruits, vegetables, bread and pastry."
With no access to school-provided meals on the weekends, some families struggle to provide enough food for their kids. The Weekend Backpack Program is a partnership between Franklin Public Schools and the Franklin Food Pantry to provide weekend food for kids in need.
The Santa Foundation
"The Santa Foundation was established 30 years ago to fulfill one goal. That goal was to provide gifts for families in need at Christmas time. We deliver the gifts to the recipients so that they can maintain their dignity and anonymity. We have always felt that at least on Christmas Day these families should be like every other family. They will receive presents (from the Santa Foundation) and food (provided by the Food Pantry) and maybe a little hope that things will be better in the upcoming year."
Friends of Franklin
Please call (508) 528-5658 for assistance.
"Serving Massachusetts and Rhode Island provides a critical public service – the management and treatment of poisoning exposures. In 2018, we helped over 46,000 individuals and healthcare providers understand and treat poison exposures, ranging from simple to the life-threatening. A majority of poison exposure calls we receive involve children 5 years of age or younger.
Our services are free, confidential and focused on exceptional patient care and customer service. Highly trained poison specialists are available to help answer questions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Not only do we offer reassurance to caretakers of children who have been exposed to household cleaning products or share our knowledge with elderly callers who have concerns about their medications, but we also offer our expertise in clinical consults to medical professionals on complicated medical cases.
The Poison Center is also a cost saving mechanism for the treatment of poison exposures. Over 70% of cases are successfully treated at the site of exposure – thereby eliminating the need for those callers to seek care at their local emergency department."