The Community Survival Center
240 Main Street
Indian Orchard, MA 01151
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.
|Please check out our "Thank You" tab, where we express our appreciation for those who support the Community Survival Center.|
Summer!Summer is here! While many of us can't wait to enjoy the sun and fun, many struggle to provide food for their families in the summer. Children who receive free or reduced price breakfast and lunch while in school are home. This places an extra burden on the family food budget.
We need your help! The following are great summertime food donations:
cold cereal (kid-friendly)
boxed macaroni and cheese
canned or individual cups of fruit
kid-friendly snacks: graham crackers, Teddy Grahams, Goldfish crackers
Perishable items (during regular donation hours only):
frozen waffles or pancakes
fresh or frozen fruit
sliced sandwich meat
fresh salad vegetables
Garden SurplusMany individuals who struggle with food insecurity do not have access to fresh produce.
The Community Survival Center gratefully accepts donations of garden surplus and other fresh produce for our clients.
Please make all perishable donations during usual donation hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:30am-3:30pm and Thursday from 8:30am-5:00pm.
Letter Carriers' "Stamp Out Hunger" Food DriveThe 23rd Annual Letter Carriers' "Stamp Out Hunger" Food Drive was held on Saturday, May 9. Participants left non-perishable food donations near their mail box, and the United States Postal Service Letter Carriers did the rest! This food drive helps us to keep our shelves full during the slow-donation summer months. All food collected in Ludlow, Wilbraham, and Indian Orchard was brought to The Community Survival Center...a total of 10,332 lbs.!! Thank you to all who helped us to help our neighbors! Special thanks to a great team of Letter Carriers for all their extra work! Check out the pictures on the Pictures tab.
"On Call" VolunteersWe 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 Emergency Food Pantry is in Critical Need of the Following Protein Food Items:
The Items Are
canned beef stew
corned beef hash
Always welcome items:
hot and cold cereal
100% fruit juice
during donation hours only:
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.