Franklin County Home Care Corporation
Last updated: January 05, 2016
Food Pantries & Groceries
Amherst Survival Center
138 Sunderland Rd.
Closed Wednesdays. Call for specific times for these events on open days: food distribution/food pantry, hot lunch, help with SNAP (food stamps), movies, dinner, free medical clinic, Salvation Army services, case manager from Eliot Homeless Services, Social Worker from Health Care for the Homeless.
Hilltown Churches Food Pantry
First Congregational Church in Ashfield
Emergency and supplemental food distribution every other Tuesday from 4:00 pm-6:00 pm. Emergency food is available at off hours. Serves Ashfield, Buckland, Conway, Charlemont, Colrain, Hawley, Heath, Monroe, Plainfield, Rowe and Shelburne. Proof of residency in one of these towns is required (ID or electric bill). They can refer you to food resources in your area if you are not from the hilltown region.
Our Lady Immaculate Food Pantry
192 School Street
Food is distributed once a month on Tuesdays from 10:00 am-4:00 pm. A small donation may apply. Open to people from Athol, Petersham, & Royalston. Must present verification of residence.
107 Ridge Ave.
Monday–Friday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Emergency number is 978- 249-8111.
Community Resources and Advocacy program
Helps with SNAP (food stamps), food resource referrals.
167 South Main St.
393 Main St.
Brown Bag Program
82 Freedom St. (in Lord Pond Plaza)
Must be 55 years or older or have documented disability. 3rd Wednesday of each month from 11:00 am-11:45 am. Donation requested but not required.
Good Neighbors Food Pantry
Charlemont Federated Church
1745 Main St.
Call ahead to register and for pantry hours.
413-337-4975 (pantry coordinator)
Donated foods distributed primarily to residents of Charlemont, Health, Rowe, Monroe and Hawley. Member agency of The Foodbank of Western Massachusetts.
Center for Self Reliance
A Program of Community Action
1 ½ Osgood St.
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 11:00 am-6:00 pm
Low income folks from Franklin County or the North Quabbin area are eligible for food distribution once a month. Must have photo ID, be able to verify SSA number and documentation of any income gained in the past 12 months.
72 Chapman St.
413-773-3154 if you are in Greenfield, Deerfield or Leyden. All other towns call 413- 586-5336 to find appropriate unit to serve you.
Picture ID required for proof of residence—must live in Greenfield, Deerfield or Leyden. Open Monday–Friday from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Montague Catholic Social Ministries
43 Third St.
Turners Falls, MA
413-863-4804 then press 1002 for basic needs coordinator
Food assistance available on Wednesdays from 9:00 am to noon.
Loaves and Fishes
For Northfield families and individuals only. Operated by three town churches. Provides food, food vouchers and emergency assistance for a variety of issues.
Community Resources and Advocacy
Helps with SNAP (food stamps) and food resources
167 South Main St.
Franklin County Community Meals
USDA Food Distribution
118 East Main St.
Open Thursdays 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Closed on the 5th Thursday of a month has five weeks. People can come once a month.
West County Emergency Food Pantry
Cowells Gymnasium Basement
51 Maple St.
Shelburne Falls, MA
Open from noon to 6:00pm on 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Wednesdays of each month. For low income residents of West County (Mohawk School District including Plainfield).
Franklin Area Survival Center
96 Fourth St.
Turners Falls, MA
Monday through Friday 10:00 am-1:30 pm
Proof of address (must be a resident of Franklin County), proof of income, social security number of each family member. Food is available monthly to individuals and families who are clients of the center as well as people who are homeless. You must drop in and fill out an application so see if you qualify. USDA food distribution is once a month along with donated food.
For needs not covered in the above list:
The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts
Full list of food pantries in Franklin County, according to the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.
Food Source Hotline
Project Bread offers referrals in 160 languages and is able to provide people with all the paperwork they need top get food stamps and food assistance right away.
Community Action/Franklin County
Community Resources & Advocacy (North Quabbin)
Community Resources & Advocacy (Hampshire County)
The Brown Bag Program Foodbank of Western Massachusetts
Monthly non-perishable food distribution. The application process can be completed over the phone. You can also download an application in English or Spanish and mail it to us. Go to www.foodbankwma.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Brown-Bag-Application-2014-English-and-Spanish.pdf.
Call the Brown Bag department at 413-247-9738 for additional help or information.