Hampshire County Food Access Resources

Created on March 18, 2020 and updated continuously since then

Check back regularly to see updates

Coordinated by Mary McClintock, Community Action Pioneer Valley

If you have updates to this list, please email

mmcclintock@communityaction.us

COVID-19 UPDATES FROM THE FOOD BANK OF WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS

Visit this website for updates to services provided by the Food Bank and their member agencies. Not all food pantries and meal sites are members of the Food Bank, but many are.

FOOD PANTRIES

AMHERST

Amherst Survival Center

Amherst Food Pantry, 138 Sunderland Road, North Amherst, (413) 549-3968
For updated info, please see
www.amherstsurvival.org/COVID19
Free Daily Hot Lunch/Produce Outside:

All are welcome!

If you are sick (with anything), please stay home.
Call the Center, and we will make arrangements to get food to you in the parking lot or to have someone else pick it up for you.  

A note about safety during preparation:
We have extensive sanitation processes in place. All staff and volunteers wash their hands upon entry of the building and wear face coverings throughout their shift. Safe food handling practices are being strictly adhered to. The above changes in our operations help ensure all guests and volunteers maintain the minimum 6 feet of separation while working and while accessing food.  

The Community Store, Health Clinic, Resource Center and Community Activities are temporarily closed.

BELCHERTOWN

Helping Hands Cupboard Food Pantry, Belchertown United Church of Christ, 18 Park St: 3rd Thursday, 4 - 7 pm: next distributions are March 18, April 16, and May 21

The distribution format will be a bit different from our normal process in that we will be set up outside in the church parking lot and distributed from under a temporary tent. This will help us to better adhere to the social distance guidelines set forth by the state.

Also, to streamline the process, we will be pre-packing distribution bags with consistent amounts of food based on family size. This will allow us to quickly and efficiently get you your distribution in an orderly fashion.

Please remain in your cars and we will come to you.

EASTHAMPTON

Easthampton Community Center, 12 Clark St: Monday, Wednesday, 9 am - 12 pm, 4 pm - 7 pm

Will provide pre packaged groceries through outdoor distribution.

For updated info, please see www.easthamptoncommunitycenter.org

GOSHEN

Hilltown Food Pantry, 40 Main St, Goshen, open Wednesdays 1-3.
Link for more info: https://www.hilltowncdc.org/hilltown-food-pantry/

NORTHAMPTON

DISTRIBUTIONS FROM NORTHAMPTON

We are distributing food from 12 locations throughout Northampton, in collaboration with Grow Food Northampton and Community Action Pioneer Valley, as well as in the hilltowns.

SOUTH HADLEY

Neighbors Helping Neighbors, 30 Carew St, South Hadley:

New Winter Hours:

Wednesday 12:30 PM - 5:30 PM, Saturday 10 AM - Noon

  1.   Providing groceries through outdoor distribution. Client choice of supplies is still available.  PLEASE do not come the moment we open unless you have to. If everyone arrives at the same time, there will be a long line and result in a wait for your order.
  2.  If you are sick or not able to come to the pantry, you are welcome to send a healthy friend or relative to get food for you.
  3.  If you need to avoid visiting the pantry because you or someone with you is sick or immune-compromised, please call us at (413) 437-7593. We will try to meet your food needs safely and flexibly.
  4. Call to check about any changes/updates, or go to https://www.nhnfoodpantry.org/

WARE

Free breakfast and lunch is available at Ware Middle School, Kidstop, and Hillside Village for all kids 18 and younger, Monday-Friday from 11am to 12:30pm. Meals are prepackaged and are given to kids regardless of town or school.
The Jubilee Cupboard at Trinity Church in Ware distributes food on Thursdays from 9am to 12pm at 17 Park St. Proof of residence required; households receive food once a month. There is also a Diaper Ministry for families. Please call 413-967-3274 for more information.

The Food Bank of Western MA will be distributing food at Grenville Park in Ware on the third Tuesday of each month. All who come will be served, no proofs required.

- The Amherst Survival Center's pantry provides 5 days of food per household member. Free lunch, clothing, home goods, and a health/dental clinic are also available, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 11am to 3pm. Please call 413-549-3968 for details.

For more food resources in Hampshire/Hampden County, visit the Food Bank of Western MA

For more food resources in Worcester County, visit the Worcester County Food Bank

COMMUNITY MEALS AND DELIVERED MEALS

AMHERST

(See also information above in Amherst Survival Center update under Food Pantries section)

Community Bread, Unitarian Meetinghouse, 121 North Pleasant St.

Breakfast: Wednesday, 8 - 10 am,will be giving hot meals to-go until further notice.

Craig’s Door, 434 Pleasant St.

Craig’s Doors Resource Center, located in the green trailer in back of the First Baptist Church,

will be open every weekday except Wednesday from 12 noon to 3 pm.

Computers and phone charging will be available, as well as some storage space for your belongings and documents.

We will also serve a take-out lunch, courtesy of the Amherst Survival Center.

Not Bread Alone, First Congregational Church, 165 Main St. Will be giving meals to-go until further notice. Fresh produce pick up is available on Saturday.

Wednesday, 3:45 - 5:15pm, Saturday & Sunday 11:45am - 1:15pm.

NORTHAMPTON

Manna Community Kitchen. Will be giving meals to-go until further notice at these sites:

St. John’s Episcopal Church, 48 Elm St.: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 11:30 am - 1:30pm

Edwards Church, 297 Main St.: Wednesday, 6 - 7 pm, Saturday, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Please reach out to us if these are outside of your availability, as we'd like to make arrangements to assist you in whatever way we can at (413) 584-1757 or at  mannanorthampton.com

Highland Valley Elder Services, Northampton Senior Center
Meals for Pick-up
Any senior (age 60+) can go to the Walter Salvo House between 9:00 am- 12:30 pm M-F to register for meals that they can pick up from there and take home. A Highland Valley staff person will be there doing those intakes. Northampton Senior Center is also able to organize pick up and delivery for seniors who cannot go themselves- call 413-587-1228, press option 5 and leave a message with your name and phone number.

Meal Delivery Seniors who are homebound, have no help for food access or are on home quarantine with COVID19 can receive meal deliveries- call Highland Valley at 413-586-2000, option 2 for intake. If they qualify for the three-week delivery plan, this may be extended if necessary.

Northampton Survival Center (see above),  https://www.northamptonsurvival.org

WARE
Free breakfast and lunch
 is available at Ware Middle School, Kidstop, and Hillside Village for all kids 18 and younger, Monday-Friday from 11am to 12:30pm. Meals are prepackaged and are given to kids regardless of town or school.
The Jubilee Cupboard at Trinity Church in Ware distributes food on Thursdays from 9am to 12pm at 17 Park St. Proof of residence required; households receive food once a month. There is also a Diaper Ministry for families. Please call 413-967-3274 for more information.

The Food Bank of Western MA will be distributing food at Grenville Park in Ware on Tuesday, April 21. All who come will be served, no proofs required. Details will be published shortly.

ALL OF WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS

COVID-19 Update from the Food Bank of Western Mass

MONTHLY MOBILE FOOD BANK FOOD DISTRIBUTION

Monthly Mobile Fook Banks has resumed. For updated information, visit https://www.foodbankwma.org/get-help/mobile-food-bank/ 

MEALS FOR CHILDREN 18 AND UNDER

See this website for info about meals provided for children by public schools across Massachusetts during school closures: https://meals4kids.org/summer.

Kids and teens can get free meals at hundreds of locations throughout the state, no registration or ID required! Meals will be available through June 30, 2021. Locations are continuously added and updated—if you do not see a location near you, please check back regularly. To find other food resources, please call Project Bread's FoodSource Hotline at 1-800-645-8333 or visit www.projectbread.org/get-help .

The second paragraph on this website has a link to a continuously updated list of meals being provided by schools. Also, there is a link to a map showing the locations of those programs.


AMHERST-PELHAM SCHOOL DISTRICT

Check out our Facebook Page ARPS School Nutrition to stay up to date, discover new recipes, and get in touch!

https://www.facebook.com/AmherstFood/

BELCHERTOWN PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 Chestnut Hill Community School, Wednesday, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Free meals will continue to be available for any school aged child in Belchertown, 18 and younger, during the school closure.  Distribution will occur on Wednesdays only between 11am and 1pm.  Children actively enrolled in Belchertown Public Schools do not need to be present at pick up.  If your child is not enrolled in Belchertown Public Schools, they will need to be present at the time of distribution per USDA regulation.  

Each child will receive a week of breakfast, lunch, and milk at the time of distribution.  Meals may include items which require refrigeration or heating for safe consumption and will include instructions, which are the responsibility of parents/guardians to follow. Please be aware, meals will not be provided for non school days on the 2019-2020 school calendar including April 10, and April 20-24.

EASTHAMPTON PUBLIC SCHOOL

Easthampton High School, in conjunction with Chartwells, Monday , Wednesday and Friday, 9:00 - 11:00 am.

  1. Providing a free bag breakfast and lunch for Easthampton children 0-18 years of age in need.
  2. On Mondays and Wednesdays, families will receive 2 days worth of meals and on Fridays, they will receive meals for Fri., Sat. and Sunday.
  3. Please pull to the back of the Easthampton High School building and remain in your vehicle.  Someone will deliver your meals to your car.
  4. If you are unable to pick up meals and would like them delivered to your home, please call 413-575-1565.  We will need to know the number of children and your address when you call.

MONSON SCHOOL DISTRICT

Monson School District has meals Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 10:30am to 12:30pm.

NORTHAMPTON AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT

Free Bagged Lunches for All District Students

The Northampton Area School District, in conjunction with Aramark, will make available free bagged  breakfast and lunch to all children in the District through age 18. You do not need to be a student from the Northampton Public Schools district to participate.

*Beginning the week of April 13, 2020, meals will be distributed ONLY on Mondays (an additional meal will be provided to each student for Tuesday) and Wednesdays (additional meals will be provided to each student for Thursday and Friday) of each week until school resumes.

Hampshire Heights

Florence Heights

Meadowbrook Apartments

236 Pleasant Street

Look for the Yellow School Bus at each of these locations.

For updated info, see http://www.northamptonschools.org/project/food-services/

PALMER SCHOOL DISTRICT

Palmer School District is providing meals at four off-site meal distribution locations:

Endelson Playground, 121 Main St. (basketball court entrance), 9:30am to 10am

Converse Middle School, 24 Converse St. (Rathbone St. parking lot), 9:30am to 10am

Hyrniewicz Playground, Springfield St. (near gazebo), 10:15am to 10:45am

Thorndike Playground, Main/Church St. (inside playground area), 10:15am to 10:45am

QUABBIN REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

Quabbin Regional School District is providing meals for youth aged 18 and younger, Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 7am to 10am, at Quabbin Middle/High School & Hardwick Elementary School.

QUABOAG REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

Quaboag Regional School District is providing breakfast and lunch at all of our schools from 8am to 10am. Delivery is now available thanks to Van Pool. Please contact Quaboags's Food Service Director, Melissa Mansfield at mmansfield@quaboagrsd.org for details.

SOUTH HADLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, eligible students can pick up curbside delivery lunches at the high school between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m free of charge. To-go bags will contain two lunches and two breakfasts on Monday and Wednesday, and one of each of these meals on Friday.

SOUTHAMPTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Southampton Schools will offer breakfast and lunch meal pick up and delivery three days a week: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. 2 days of meals can be picked up at the same time. We will be open and providing meals over the Spring Break as well.  If you are unable to come to the school for meal pick up, delivery Is available by our school buses. Please call the Food Service office at 631-591-4637 to arrange.

WARE PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Breakfast and lunch "Grab and Go" bags available at the following locations:  Ware Middle School, Kidstop, and Hillside Village located at 17 Convent Hill Road, from 11 am -12:30pm for children ages 1 - 18.  All breakfasts will include milk and fruit. All lunches will include fruit, vegetables and milk.

Monday: Monday’s Breakfast & Lunch and Tuesday’s Breakfast
Tuesday: Tuesday’s Lunch and Wednesdays Breakfast
Wednesday: Wednesday’s Lunch and Thursday’s Breakfast
Thursday: Thursday’s Lunch and Friday’s Breakfast
Friday: Friday’s Lunch
Please inform your server if you have any food allergies.