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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 "Thank You" tab, where we express our appreciation for those who support the Community Survival Center.

Urgent Food Storage

Urgent Food Storage
We desperately need your help!

Once again we are looking to you, the community, for help in getting food on our pantry shelves as they are virtually empty once again. It seems as though this is becoming the “norm” at The Center. With our number of families coming to us for food increasing drastically by the month, we cannot keep our shelves stocked with the variety of nutritious items that we need. We are averaging 40 new families a month along with approximately the 475 families we currently provide food for.

With the holidays fast approaching, we will be providing well over 500 families the traditional Thanksgiving Dinner. In addition to all the regular food items, we are in critical need of the items to provide that traditional dinner. Many times in the past, you, our continued supporters of The Center have come through for us and we are hoping you will again this year.

Please consider having a food drive, dropping off your extra buy 1 get 1 free item or any extra items from home. Another way you can help is by sponsoring a family for $20. Any of these ways help us to help our neighbors in need. Please join us in the fight against hunger!

Remember One Can, Can Make a Difference!

Thank you all in advance for your new or continued support of The Center. Ask to see Michelle, when you bring in your food donation, I would love to personally thank you.

Donation hours are: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 8:30am-3:30pm, and Thursday, 8:30am-5:00pm.

Stocking Stuffers

Stocking Stuffers
On Christmas, families who struggle with day-to-day survival often can't afford gifts or special treats. With this in mind, we gratefully accept donations of stockings and stocking stuffers. Some ideas are:

playing cards
small toys: Legos, miniature cars, small dolls, beanie-type toys, coloring books, puzzle books, bubbles, stickers
Chapsticks and travel size shampoo, soap, etc., hair ties
socks, hats, mittens, scarf
crayons, colored pencils, pens, notepads
flashlights and batteries
Christmas candy
packets of hot chocolate

Can you help to make Christmas brighter for a neighbor?

Christmas Dinners and Turkeys

Christmas Dinners and Turkeys
With Christmas fast approaching, we are seeking donations of traditional Christmas dinner items. Please help us to help the over 500 families who will seek assistance from The Community Survival Center for their holiday meal. We need:

Fresh or frozen turkeys or chickens
stuffing mix
potatoes: can, fresh, or box
can or bottle gravy
vegetables: canned, frozen, or fresh: yams, sweet potatoes, carrots, green beans
cranberry sauce
desserts: pie crust mix, canned pumpkin, canned evaporated milk; no-bake boxed desserts; fresh or frozen pies or cakes

Or, you can sponsor a family with a $20 donation.

Please note that we also accept donations of Christmas candy.

Donation hours are: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 8:30am-3:30pm, and Thursday, 8:30am-5:00pm.

Winter Coats and Cold Weather Protection

Winter Coats and Cold Weather Protection
As the weather starts to get colder, please remember that there are those who lack adequate protection from the elements. We gratefully accept donations of winter coats, jackets, vests, hats, scarves, gloves, socks, and boots to help those in need. All sizes and styles for men, women, and children are welcome. Please consider donating items you no longer use.

"On Call" Volunteers

"On Call" Volunteers
We are always in need of volunteers. If you think you could give some time to help us, and would like to be an "on call" volunteer, please contact Jackie or Michelle at 413-543-3930.
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

during donation hours only:
fresh meat
fresh milk
fresh fruit
fresh vegetables
garden surplus
frozen foods

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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