We are open. We have food. We are here to help. We continue to adapt our operations to ensure ongoing food distribution in as safe a manner as possible and within the confines of our more limited volunteer capacity and social distancing requirements.
We are open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 12-3.
To-Go Meals (along with snacks), Fresh Produce, and Bread. Distributed outside. Daily, 12-3.
(Think of this as a combination of lunch, breakfast, snacks, and fresh food distribution all in one.) This is pre-packaged and given out one per person. No registration. No residency requirements. All are welcome!
Food Pantry is open. Daily, 12-3.
New shoppers welcome! Registration is quick and easy. The Food Pantry is distributing pre-assembled boxes of food in the large main dining area. Shoppers are invited into the building a few at a time to ensure six feet of separation. You’ll receive lots of canned goods, grains, fresh milk, eggs, cheese, meat and produce as well as toiletries/hygiene products and pet food. See Food Pantry for more information on how to register, and for options about how to get your groceries (including some options for delivery or alternate pick up). Please do not bring your own bags. We are providing groceries in pre-packaged boxes.
If you are sick (with anything), please stay home.
Call the Center, and we will make arrangements to get food to you in the parking lot or to have someone else pick it up for you.
A note about safety during preparation:
We have extensive sanitation processes in place. All staff and volunteers wash their hands upon entry of the building and wear face coverings throughout their shift. Safe food handling practices are being strictly adhered to. The above changes in our operations help ensure all guests and volunteers maintain the minimum 6 feet of separation while working and while accessing food.
The Community Store, Health Clinic, Resource Center and Community Activities are temporarily closed.
We are committed to making sure that we are able to continue to provide food to all those who need it. We recognize that many already low wage workers are now unemployed. We know many families are deeply concerned about pending cuts to SNAP. We know that our neighbors who are undocumented will receive no “stimulus checks” from the government. We know that many who depend on food from the Center are also those most vulnerable to illness. We are doing everything we can to ensure that we continue to provide meals and groceries to all who need them for the long haul, in as low-risk an environment as possible.
Thank you for your support, participation, and all you do as a member of our community.
–Lev Ben-Ezra, Executive Director
How you can help:
The thing we need most right now are donations to our COVID-19 Hunger Relief Fund. Financial Contributions of all sizes help cover the significant costs of continuing operations amidst this crisis, including additional food, cleaning supplies, and staffing. amherstsurvival.org/donate
2. Sew face coverings/masks!
We are collecting donations of cloth face masks for our staff, volunteers, and the families who use our Food Pantry. Help make sure all of our neighbors have this important piece of safety gear to keep our whole community healthy. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to coordinate your donation before you get cranking!
3. Keep checking back here.
We will add other ways to help as they arise!