Programs

Everyone is welcome to enjoy and participate in most of our programs, no matter where you live.  The Emergency Food Pantry is the only program with geographical restrictions. 

All of our Programs are Free!

Drop-In Center/Community Space:  Come on in, meet friends, hang out, help out!  We also have watch movies (Thursday evenings from 3-6:45) and have seasonal field trips and celebrations.

Fresh Food Distribution: From 11-12 and 12:30 til closing. Come in and get fresh bread, baked goods and produce.

Lunch: We serve a nutritious lunch (tossed salad, fruit salad, vegetarian main courses, several meat main coureses, side dishes and dessert) from noon-1PM.

Dinner: We serve a light meal on Thursdays from 5-6PM.  It usually consists of sandwiches, pizza and soup.  On occassion groups come in to cook something special.

Emergency Food Pantry: Residents of Amherst, Belchertown, Deerfield, Granby, Hadley, Leverett, Pelham, Shutesbury, South Deerfield, South Hadley, Sunderland, Ware and Whately can get a monthly food box (consisting of non-perishables, frozen meat and often dairy, eggs and juice).  For this program you will need proof of address, a photo ID and proof of others in your household.  We will ask you to fill out a brief intake form as well.

“The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department.  (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)”

Free Store: Clothing, books, shoes, household items, children’s toys, etc. are all available in our Free Store.  Families can take up to one small plastic bag of items each visit to the Store.  If you are looking for something in particular, we can note it and call you when it comes in.

Free Health Clinic: In our walk-in clinic, doctors are able to diagnose, write prescriptions, give second opinions, and give physical exams.   This program is only available on Mondays from 12:30-1:30 PM and Thursdays from 5-6PM.   Please get here at least 30 minutes before the clinic closes to ensure that you will be seen.  (The Doctors are willing to stay longer to see everyone who signed up.)

Information and Referral: Talk to a staff person who can answer your questions or they will help you find someone else who will.