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Franklin County Home Care Corporation

Food Pantries & Groceries

Amherst

Amherst Survival Center

138 Sunderland Rd.

Amherst, MA

413-549-3968

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.

Ashfield

Hilltown Churches Food Pantry

First Congregational Church in Ashfield

Main St.

Ashfield, MA

413-625-6086

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.

Athol

Our Lady Immaculate Food Pantry

Church Rectory

192 School Street

Athol, MA

978-249-2738

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.

Salvation Army

107 Ridge Ave.

Athol, MA

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.

Two locations—

167 South Main St.

Orange, MA

978-544-8091

393 Main St.

Greenfield, MA

413-475-1570

Brown Bag Program

82 Freedom St. (in Lord Pond Plaza)

Athol, MA

978-249-8986

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.

Charlemont

Good Neighbors Food Pantry

Charlemont Federated Church

1745 Main St.

Charlemont, MA

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.

Greenfield

Center for Self Reliance

A Program of Community Action

1 ½ Osgood St.

Greenfield, MA

413-773-5029

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.

Salvation Army

72 Chapman St.

Greenfield, MA

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

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.

Northfield

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.

978-772-4627

Orange/Athol

Community Resources and Advocacy

Helps with SNAP (food stamps) and food resources

167 South Main St.

Orange, MA

978-544-8091

Franklin County Community Meals

USDA Food Distribution

118 East Main St.

Orange, MA

413-772-1033

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.

Shelburne Falls

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).

Turners Falls

Franklin Area Survival Center

96 Fourth St.

Turners Falls, MA

413-863-9549

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

1-800-645-8333

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

413-774-2318

Community Resources & Advocacy (North Quabbin)

978-544-8091

Community Resources & Advocacy (Hampshire County)

413-582-4237

The Brown Bag Program Foodbank of Western Massachusetts

413-247-9738

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.