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The Community Survival Center
240 Main Street
Indian Orchard, MA 01151
(413) 543-3930

Welcome to the Community Survival Center

The mission of the Community Survival Center is to provide survival items of food, clothing, and household goods to members of our community in times of need.

The Community Survival Center is a 31 year old non-profit agency that helps families struggling to provide the basics: food, clothing and household items. Our emergency food pantry serves Ludlow, Wilbraham, and Hampden as well as the 16 Acres, Pine Point and Indian Orchard neighborhoods in Springfield.

The Bridge of Hope Thrift Shop is open to the public and sells quality clothing and accessories, most at just $2 per item. Also, our Clothing and Household Goods Program offers sales at just $3/bag and is also open to the general public. All proceeds help to fund our pantry.

We are supported by donations from our neighbors: individuals, churches, businesses, schools and various groups and organizations within the above mentioned communities. And we are extremely grateful to be able to support the center primarily with their help.

Thank you!

Thank you!
Please check out our new tab, "Thank You!", where we express our appreciation for those who support us.

Thanksgiving Turkeys

Thanksgiving Turkeys
With November here, and Thanksgiving fast approaching, our thoughts turn to meals for those in need.

We are very much in need of turkeys and roasting chickens to provide traditional Thanksgiving dinners to our clients.

We have refrigerators and freezers to store perishable items, and they can be dropped off during regular donation hours.

Additionally, we like to round out the meal. We gratefully accept donations of any or all of these items:

fresh or instant potatoes
fresh carrots
fresh or canned yams
green bean casserole ingredients: canned, fresh, or frozen green beans, cream of mushroom soup, canned crispy onions
stuffing mix
gravy (canned or bottled)
canned cranberry sauce
canned pumpkin
evaporated milk
pie crust mix

Alternately, if you would like to sponsor a family, a donation of $20 will provide a meal for a family.

click here for donation hours

Winter Coats and Cold Weather Protection

Winter Coats and Cold Weather Protection
As you prepare for the colder weather season, please know that we gratefully accept donations of winter coats, scarves, hats, gloves, mittens, vests, sweaters, jackets, warm socks, and boots. All sizes for men, women, and children are welcome. When cleaning out your closets, please remember there are those who might be in need of items you are no longer using.

"On Call" Volunteers

"On Call" Volunteers
We are currently seeking individuals who would like to become "on call" volunteers. Persons seeking this position would not have to commit to specific days and/or times to volunteer, but would be "called" upon when help is needed.

Please contact the Center at (413) 543-3930 and ask for Jackie or Michelle.
Our Wish List

Our Emergency Food Pantry is in Critical Need of the Following Protein Food Items:

The Items Are
peanut butter
canned tuna
hearty soups
canned beef stew
corned beef hash
canned chili
canned chicken

Always welcome items:
canned fruit
canned vegetables
hot and cold cereal
pasta sauce
100% fruit juice

Hunger is Year 'Round

Hunger is Year 'Round
During the holiday season, food donations increase as individuals and groups focus on the needs of those less fortunate. Please remember that food insecurity isn't limited to the holiday season.

September is Hunger Action Month. There are many things an individual, family, or group can do to help those who struggle with food insecurity. This calendar shows many simple activities to raise awareness and inspire those who wish to help.

We gratefully accept food donations all year long to keep our pantry shelves well-stocked to provide for those in need of assistance.

SNAP Benefits (Food Stamps)

SNAP Benefits (Food Stamps)
Many of you may have heard of the passage of the Farm Bill and the corresponding cuts that have been made to the SNAP (Food Stamps) program. Thousands of individuals who rely on this program are facing a serious crisis, which means many of them turn to their local food pantry.
The Community Survival Center's pantry has been struggling to meet the ever growing needs of our neighbors for the past three years. The Center acknowledges with gratitude all that churches, schools, and individuals have done to help fill this need. We are asking your help once again to fill our pantry shelves.
The Center needs a wide variety of non-perishable items to be able to provide our emergency food clients with a 4 to 5 day supply of well-balanced meals. Please remember when you are shopping to pick up an extra item or two for donation, especially on-sale items and buy 1 get 1 (or 2!) free.
As always, we know we can count on you, our COMMUNITY, to help keep our shelves stocked.
Donations are tax deductible and can be dropped off Monday-Friday from 8:30am-3:30pm. On Thursday, donation hours are extended to 5:00pm.
THANK YOU for all you do assist the struggling families of this community.
Community Survival Center, 240 Main Street, Indian Orchard, MA 01151 • PHONE: 413-543-3930
A bridge of hope to the hungry and homeless since 1983.

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