Interested in Volunteering?
Email us for more information about virtual volunteer orientations!
Exciting things are happening at the Amherst Survival Center!
Our indoor dining and activities are in full swing. We continue to offer high quality masks to anyone wanting them at the Center. We have excellent air-filtration, increased sanitation, and protocols for staying home when sick. Additionally, we will continue to offer meal service and bread/produce outside, so anyone who doesn’t want to eat indoors is welcome to eat in the picnic area or to take a meal to-go.
What to expect when you visit
When you arrive you will be asked one simple question—”Where do you live?” We need this information to keep track of how many people come in a day from what area.
If you have a question, ask anyone! They may know the answer or be able to point you in the direction of a person who can help. Staff and volunteers outside are happy to help you find the information you need.
There is limited parking available in our lot. Please do not park on grass or in other restricted spaces. Extra parking is available on the street on Cowl’s road. Do NOT park at Cowl’s Lumber, Watroba’s, or ProSensing. These businesses are strong supporters of the Amherst Survival Center and need their parking for their customers.
Look for these changes:
The Center space is open to all from 12-3 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.
This will include access to the dining room, picnic area, pantry, resource center, computers, community activities, and services for folks experiencing homelessness. Lunch service will extend throughout this window (served from 12-2:30, rather than the 1-hour lunch service before COVID).
Lots of great Community Activities and Resource Center programming is happening!
All programming is updated on our community calendar. Stay tuned for lots of great options and let us know if you have ideas! Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fresh Food Distribution will continue to be available outside from 12-3 M/T/TH/F and inside from 3-7 on T/TH.
Self selection of free produce, bread, and sweets is available outside in the shed and inside in the dining room from 3-7 on T/TH. All are welcome.
The pantry is also open on Tuesday and Thursday until 7 pm and on the 3rd Saturday each month from 9am-12pm!
Curbside pick-up and grocery delivery are ongoing. No changes to these hours or availability!
Amherst Survival Center Food Pantry
Expanded Hours & Options
Free groceries (10+ days worth) available for all household members. Open to everyone in our service area. No income cap. No citizenship questions (not subject to the Public Charge rule). No ID or documentation required. You can register and take food home in the same day. Register online, in person, by phone at 413-594-3968 x109, or email email@example.com and we can mail you the form to complete at home.