Food Assistance

Information on free meals and food subsidies in the Northampton area.

Free meals in Northampton

Monday 12 noon, St. John’s Church
Tuesday 12 noon, St. John’s Church
Wednesday 7:00 – 10:00 AM (November 1 – April 30), College Church
6:00 PM, Edwards Church
Thursday 12 noon, St. John’s Church
Friday 7:00 – 10:00 AM (November 1 – April 30), College Church
Saturday 11:30 AM, Edwards Church
Sunday 5:00 PM, First Churches of Northampton
College Church
58 Pomeroy Terrace
413-586-0057
Edwards Church
297 Main Street, Northampton
413-584-5500
St. Johns Church
48 Elm Street, Northampton
413-584-1757
First Churches of Northampton
129 Main St., Northampton
413-584-9392

Free meals in Amherst

Amherst Survival Center
Monday & Tuesday – Thursday & Friday:
Lunch at noon
1200 North Pleasant Street
First Congregational Church – Not Bread Alone
Saturday & Sunday: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Wednesdays: 3:45 PM
165 Main Street

Food pantries and survival centers

The Northampton Survival Center
265 Prospect Street, Northampton
(413) 586-6564
The Northampton Survival Center is an emergency food pantry which provides low-income individuals and families in 16 communities in Hampshire County with free food, clothing, household goods, and referrals for emergency assistance.
Amherst Survival Center
1200 North Pleasant Street, North Amherst
413-549-3968
The Amherst Survival Center’s core services include providing free meals, fresh food, an emergency food pantry, free clothing and housewares, a health clinic, and volunteer opportunities. Most services are available to all, however, only people who live in Amherst, Belchertown, Deerfield, Granby, Hadley, Leverett, Pelham, Shutesbury, South Deerfield, South Hadley, Sunderland, and Whately are permitted to use the emergency food pantry.
The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts
The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts bring healthy food both to Food Bank member agencies like meal sites, shelters, and food pantries, and to low-income elders through their Brown Bag program.

Food stamps and subsidies

Massachusetts Food Stamps
An overview from massresources.org; includes eligibility, how to use food stamps, and the application process.
SNAP Retail Locator
Find stores that accept Food Stamps near you.