Project Bread Food Source Hotline can refer you to a food pantry or soup kitchen nearby. (800) 645-8333.
College students can qualify for food stamps if they meet certain criteria. Most students who receive work-study are eligible for food stamps! If you think you may be eligible for food stamps, call the state’s Food Stamps Information Hotline – (866) 950-3663, or get information on www.gettingfoodstamps.org. There is a calculator that you can use to determine your eligibility and how much you would receive. Then, download the forms and apply!
Soup Kitchens (sorted by town)
Amherst Survival Center
The Amherst Survival Center serves lunch on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from noon - 1 p.m. There is also a food pantry. 1200 N. Pleasant St, Amherst. (413) 549-3968.
Not Bread Alone
On Saturdays and Sundays, meals are served from 11am to 1pm. Free groceries and baked goods are available at 12:30pm. Meals are also served Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. 165 Main St, Amherst. (413) 253-4882.
The pantry distributes groceries to people who call and make an appointment. Open to residents of nearby towns. 885 Federal St, Belchertown. (413) 256-8059.
St. Francis Food Pantry
Call and leave a message on the Food Pantry line, and someone from the church will return your call with information about receiving groceries. For Belchertown residents only. 20 Park St, Belchertown. (413) 323-6272.
Easthampton Congregational Church
On the 2nd Wednesday of each month (November to May), the Food Cupboard has groceries available. There are no eligibility or residence requirements. 112 Main St, Easthampton. (413) 527-4790.
Center for Self Reliance
The Center for Self Reliance is a food pantry serving Greenfield residents. A family or individual can come once a month to pick up food. The center also offers information and resource referrals for people in need and offers workshops on how to prepare healthy food with limited budgets. Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. 3 ½ Osgood St, Greenfield, (413) 773-5029.
Located in Holyoke, Kate’s Kitchen serves meals every day from noon – 1 p.m. Anyone can eat and there are no questions asked. 51 Hamilton St, Holyoke. (413) 532-0233.
The Salvation Army in Holyoke serves meals from 3 - 4p.m. on Monday – Friday. Anyone can drop in. There is grocery distribution once a month, however you need to register with them and provide photo identification and proof of income. 271 Appleton St., Holyoke. (413) 532-6312.
Northampton Survival Center
The emergency food pantry is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday 4 – 7 p.m. Anyone can receive a food package once, but income guidelines must be met in order to keep receiving food. 265 Prospect St, Northampton. (413) 586-6564.
St. John’s Episcopal Church
Meals are served Sundays at 1 p.m. Open to anyone. 48 Elm St, Northampton. (413) 584-1757.
Meals served Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at noon. Open to anyone. 297 Main St, Northampton. (413) 584-5500.