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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).
QUESTION: HOW TO REGISTER FOR OUR FOOD PANTRY AND GET THE BOOST?
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.
HOLIDAY GIFT PROGRAM: In the month of December, Food Pantry families receive new children’s books for each child in their family (ages 0-18 years), family board games, and new winter accessories. Books, games, and winter accessories are donated to the Center. More information on the program and on donating to the program, here.
In addition, families can also come to the Amherst Survival Center for food from these Center programs:
- lunch Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from noon-1pm,
- light supper on Thursdays from 5-6pm, and
- get fresh produce from 11am-3pm on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday, and from 11am to 7pm on Thursday.
Our Food Pantry serves residents from these towns:
- South Deerfield
- South Hadley
For information on the Kids BOOST: Contact Edgardo Cancel, Food Pantry Coordinator, email@example.com, x104