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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.

One Can CAN Make a Difference

One Can CAN Make a Difference
We would like to give everyone who donated to The Community Survival Center either financial or food in November, December, and January a very big THANK YOU. In those 3 months the Center received a total of over 28 tons of food. This included over 2 tons from a food drive that Marvin Brooks conducted at Columbia Gas. We also received a significant amount of financial donations.

In this same time period we distributed approximately 30 tons of food. Included in this number are the 1,687 individuals who received either a Thanksgiving or Christmas meal. As you can see by the numbers we distributed over 2 tons more food than we received. If this trend continues you can see why we are always looking for groups, individuals, or businesses to run food drives for the benefit of the Center. Last year the Center spent over $23,000.00 on the purchase of food. This is something that we need to get under control, and the only way this is going to happen is with more food drives by our communities.

We are asking everyone to join us in our quest to continue to stock our pantry shelves. We are going to start a new campaign. This will be called
“ONE CAN CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE”. If whenever you go grocery shopping everyone buys just ONE CAN for the Center and then deposits that can in a collection basket, the total collected CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE in our shelves. Maybe you could ask businesses that you patronize if they would put a basket in their building to collect the food. Or maybe a neighborhood could have a central location to collect the food to bring to the Center. If everyone uses their imagination to help promote this campaign we would be able to restock our shelves.

Don’t forget that if you want you can bring your bag directly to the Center during normal business hours. If you would like you can ask for a quick tour of our pantry to see for yourself how ONE CAN CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

Thank you in advance for any help you can give us.

Jackie Madden
Executive Director

March is National Frozen Food Month

March is National Frozen Food Month
Donations of frozen vegetables, fruits, breakfast items, pasta products, meats, and fish, as well as other perishable food items are always welcome. Donation hours are: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 8:30am-3:30pm; Friday 8:30am-5:00pm. We'd love to see you help us to fill our freezers!

"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

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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