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Meals on Wheels Walkathon 2014

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Meals on Wheels Walkathon

A class of nine new volunteers has graduated from the SHINE (Serving Health Information Needs of Everyone) Programís eleven-week-long summer training session. Coming from all different walks of life, these women completed their course with an intensive exam, successfully passing and graduating as certified SHINE Counselors. Recent graduates include, from left to right, Barbara Levy of Greenfield, Marion Rosenau of Amherst, Jayne Sullivan of Hatfield, Terri Aitken of Turners Falls, Carol Katz of Florence, Linda Trageski of Greenfield, and Bonnie DiTamosso; Tracy Gaudet of Orange and Lorraine Fox of Belchertown are not pictured. Read more about SHINE here.


Food Pantries and Groceries

Updated July 2011


Amherst Survival Center
1200 North Pleasant St.
Amherst, MA

Food provisions for residents of Deerfield, Leverett, Shutesbury, South Deerfield, Sunderland, and Whately available Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (changes to 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. October to April) and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. ID or proof of residency needed for food pantry.

Hot lunch served Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 12-1 p.m. All are welcome. No need to bring ID or residency info needed to receive lunch.


Hilltown Churches Food Pantry
First Congregational Church in Ashfield
Main St.

Emergency and supplemental food distribution every other Tuesday from 4-6 p.m. Serves Ashfield, Buckland, Conway, Charlemont, Colrain, Hawley, Heath, Monroe, Plainfield, Rowe and Shelburne. Proof of residence in one of these towns is required (ID or electric bill).


Four Square Church
500 Main St.


Food usually distributed the 3rd Thursday of the month from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Our Lady Immaculate Food Pantry
Church Rectory
192 School St.

Food is distributed once a month. A small donation MAY apply. Picture ID is required in order to verify hometown. Open to people from Athol, Petersham & Royalston. Must present verification of residence. Food distributed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 1: 30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Salvation Army
107 Ridge Ave.
Athol, MA 01331
Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to noon then 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Emergency Number is 978-249-8111

First Call for Help
A Program of Franklin Community Action
167 South Main St
978-544-4295 Ext 769
Provides assistance to people applying for food stamps.

SERVE New England
Contact Cathy Savoy, Athol COA Director at 978-249-8986 or coa@townofathol.org for cost, 2 hours of community service payback required. Order early in the month for 4th Saturday of the month pick up.

Brown Bag Program
Downstairs at Town Hall
Must be 55+ or have documented disability. 4th Wednesday of each month. Donation requested but not required.


Good Neighbors Food Pantry
Charlemont Federated Church
175 Main St.
Call ahead: 413-337-4957
Church phone: 413-339-4294
Call for pantry hours.

Groceries at Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter and Spring School vacation and in July available. Donated foods distributed to Charlemont, Heath, Rowe and Hawley residents.


Greenfield Gardens Community Building
58 Pray Dr.

Open Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and Friday from 5-7 p.m.
Greenfield Gardens residents only except emergency food is available.

Center for Self Reliance
Program of Franklin Community Action
31/2 Osgood St.
Monday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Low-income folk from Franklin County or 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.
Call 413-773-3154 if you are in Greenfield or Leyden.
All other towns call 413-586-5336 to find an appropriate service unit.
Picture ID required for proof of residence—must live in Greenfield or Leyden.
Open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


Montague Catholic Social Ministries
43 Third St.
Turners Falls

Food assistance available.
Call Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon.


Loaves & Fishes
For Northfield families and individuals only.
Operated by three town churches. Provides food, food vouchers and emergency assistance for a variety of issues.
Contact Ruth Gallagher at 413-498-5559.


First Call for Help
A Program of Franklin Community Action
167 South Main St
978-544-4295 Ext 769
Provides assistance to people applying for food stamps.

SERVE New England
Bethany Lutheran Church
62 Cheney St.

Pay $25 (plus $1 transport fee) in cash and receive $35-45 worth of food. Distribution date changes so call for more info. You must order before the 8th of the month for pick up later in the month. Must be willing to do two hours of community service per month.

Franklin County Community Meals
USDA Food Distribution
7 South Main St.
(near light)

Open Thursdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closed on the 5th Thursday if a month has five weeks.
People can come once a month.

Shelburne Falls

West County Emergency Food Pantry
Shelburne Senior Center
7 Main St.
Shelburne Falls
Call Dino at 413-773-5029 Ext 4

Open 3rd Wednesday of the month from 4 to 5:30 p.m. for low-income residents of West County (Mohawk School District including Plainfield).

Turners Falls

Franklin Area Survival Center
96 Fourth St.
Turners Falls
Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Proof of address (must be a resident of Franklin County), proof of income, social security 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 to see if you qualify. USDA food is distributed once a month along with donated food.


Good Neighbors Pantry
Wendell Town Hall
978-544-2109 Lola
413-222-1266 Angie
Serves New Salem and Wendell
Sunday, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
In emergency, call contact number. Also has family support programs and Brown Bag for elders.

For Needs Not Covered in the Above List, Call:

Food Source Hotline
Project Bread
Project Bread offers referrals in 160 languages and is able to provide people with all the paperwork they need to get food stamps and food assistance right away.

First Call for Help
FCAC/Franklin County
413-774-2318 Ext 108

First Call for Help
FCAC/North Quabbin

First Call for Help

The Brown Bag Program
Foodbank of Western Massachusetts
Monthly nonperishable food distribution
413-247-9738 or 1-800-247-9632. The application process is simple and can be completed over the phone. You can also download an application in English or Spanish and mail it to us. Go to http://www.foodbankwma.org/wp-content/uploads/BB-registration-form-2010.pdf Call the Brown Bag department at 413-247-9738 for additional information.

Contact FCHCC

330 Montague City Rd., Suite 1
Turners Falls, MA 01376-2530
Fax 413-772-1084
TDD 413-772-6566
Send us e-mail

Open Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM.
Driving Directions

Search 800ageinfo.com or call 1-800-age-info (1-800-243-4636) for information & services for Massachusetts elders & their families