Kids Boost

Peak Times in the Pantry: the first and last weeks of the month.
Least Busiest Times to Shop: middle of the month in the middle of the day.

Do you live in one of the 13 towns our pantry serves (see listing here) and have a school-age child (ages 5-17 years) who depends on a meals benefit during the school year? For many children and their families, school vacations mean that the free and reduced price breakfasts and lunches they rely on are not available.

Our Food Pantry’s Kids Boost program provides families with school-age children with extra child-friendly nutritious food (the “boost”) during every month that has a scheduled school vacation  (February, April, June, July, August, December).


ANSWER:          If you live in one of the 13 towns our Food Pantry serves (see list below), come to the pantry during our open hours and bring proof of residence and proof that the school-age children live in your household.  Find out here.

SUMMER BOOST: Families with school-age children will receive extra food per child from the Pantry (the equivalent of nine additional meals), in their June, July and August distributions.

In addition, families can also come to the Amherst Survival Center for food from these Center programs:

Our Food Pantry serves residents from these towns:

  • Amherst
  • Belchertown
  • Deerfield
  • Granby
  • Leverett
  • Pelham
  • Shutesbury
  • South Deerfield
  • South Hadley
  • Sunderland
  • Whately
  • Ware


Generous financial donations from Amherst Pediatrics, The Rotary Club of Amherst, Berkshire Bank Foundation, and contributions from individuals, supported the Kids SUMMER Boost in 2014.

Another donation from C&S Wholesalers supported the Boost during school vacations in February and April 2015.