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The Amherst Survival Center Welcomes You



The Amherst Survival Center welcomes everyone to enjoy our Hot Lunch, Fresh Food Distribution, Free Medical Clinic, Free Store—and our Community Center/Volunteer Program. You will find us open: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 11 am to 3 pm, except Thursdays when we stay open until 7 pm. Free Hot Lunch is served from noon to 1 pm, prepared by volunteers in our kitchen. We are closed Wednesdays.

Our Fresh Food Distribution–vegetables, fruit and fresh baked goods—is available to everyone from 11 am to 3 pm on our days open. Our Food Pantry—stocked with canned goods, meats and other perishables—is open to those who come to us from the following list of towns: Amherst, Belchertown, Deerfield, Granby, Hadley, Leverett, Pelham, Shutesbury, South Deerfield, Sunderland, Ware and Whately. Read more about our programs and services

Jim McGovern

Congressman McGovern speaks about the Amherst Survival Center

We were happy to be included – as a pit stop – in local radio personality Monte Belmonte’s 26 mile March (from Northampton to Greenfield) against hunger. We welcomed Monte, Congressman Jim McGovern, and Andrew Morehouse, Director of the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. While they were here, we gave Congressman McGovern paper plates with written messages on them. Authored by ASC participants and volunteers, these messages were expressions of their concerns about access to healthy food and food pantries, and the importance of the food stamp program.

This past week, we were even more excited and proud when we saw Congressman McGovern read these messages on the floor of the House of Representatives. By doing so, he gave Center participants a new audience: the United States Congress! Thank you to The Food Bank of Western MA for this great graphic, showing Congressman Jim McGovern’s recent address recapping his time on Monte’s March and reading plates given to him when he stopped at the Amherst Survival Center. Be sure to watch the video on YouTube.

We so appreciate Congressman McGovern for sharing the concerns of our participants and for giving all of us a voice in the U.S. Congress.

In the News

woman in food pantry

Food Stamp Cuts, Cold Weather Put Extra Strain On Food Pantries

--From NPR's The Salt, by Eliza Barclay. Scrounging to feed yourself and your family can be brutal. But add the bone-chilling cold to it and it's a whole other level of misery. Unfortunately, many American families are suffering from the double whammy this week as a deep freeze on most of the nation. Anti-hunger organizations say the unusually low temperatures are sending heating bills through the roof, cutting into the food budgets of many families struggling to get by. That means food pantries are bracing for more hungry people from … Read this article in The Salt...

Mindy Domb featured in Bulletin


Here's an excerpt from an article in the Amherst Bulletin, by Debra Scherban, 11/7/13: Mindy Domb, director of the Amherst Survival Center, considers herself a lucky woman. Not only because she took over a well-oiled operation in a gleaming new building last summer, but because the sense of community she finds inside and outside of the center is something this veteran human services worker has rarely seen. With few and in some cases no questions asked, people can get basic needs met, from filling their stomachs to seeing a doctor, … [Read More...]