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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 30 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!
The Community Survival Center wishes to thank Coughlin Restaurant for their generous, on-going support.

Thank you to the Middle School Youth Group at St. Elizabeth's Parish, who donated 90 Easter baskets!!!
(See photo)

We also wish to thank everyone who donates food items and cash to help us continue to be a Bridge of Hope to the Hungry and Homeless. We would not still be here after 30 years without the support of our generous donors!

Many, many thanks to all who conduct food drives to benefit the Center. No drive is too small, as ALL donations help us to help our neighbors.

Our contributors put the COMMUNITY in our name!

CROP Walk Proceeds

CROP Walk Proceeds
Proceeds from the October Crop Walk are in!
The Ludlow CROP Walk brought in $1,176.25.
The Wilbraham/Hampden CROP Walk raised $424.65.

We are thankful for all of the organizers, walkers, and sponsors who supported the Center by participating in this worthwhile event.

Easter Donations

Easter Donations
The Community Survival Center offers Easter dinners to our Emergency Food Clients. We provide all of the ingredients for a traditional Easter dinner that can be prepared at home and enjoyed with family and friends.

We gratefully accept cash and food donations to assist with this process.

A $20 cash donation will sponsor a family. (Please indicate "Easter dinner" when making the donation.)

Or, if you prefer to donate food items, the menu consists of:

ham (fresh or canned)
pineapple (fresh or canned)
potatoes (fresh or boxed)
carrots (fresh or canned)
canned yams
canned or frozen vegetables
dessert (prepackaged or boxed, such as no-bake cheesecakes)

Please also note that many of our families are unable to provide Easter baskets for their children. Imagine being a small child returning to school on Monday morning and comparing Easter Bunny stories with your classmates.

The following items would help make this possible:

-Easter baskets
-Easter basket grass
-Easter candy and chocolate bunnies
-small toys such as crayons, coloring books, bubbles, Matchbox cars, playing cards, sidewalk chalk

THANK YOU for reaching out to your neighbors to help to provide a happy holiday!

Easter Candy for Senior Outreach Program

Easter Candy for Senior Outreach Program
Our Senior Outreach Program offers a monthly 20-22 lb. bag of food to any and all senior households. The bag for April will provide a traditional Easter dinner.
As part of the April offering, we like to provide a bag of jelly beans as an extra sweet treat for the seniors for Easter.
Would you please consider making a donation of a bag of jelly beans for a senior?

Prom Dresses

Prom Dresses
We gratefully accept prom dresses, shoes, and accessories to offer in The Bridge of Hope Thrift Shop. Many young women who couldn't afford a new prom dress have found a perfect outfit due to our generous donors.

Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning
Thinking about Spring Cleaning? Planning to make a few changes to your home? The Center gratefully accepts donations of your gently used household items.

serving pieces
pots and pans
small electrical appliances: coffee pots, crock pots, toasters, toaster ovens
table and floor lamps
decorative items
knick knacks
kitchen, bed, and bath linens
draperies and curtains

Your donations help individuals and families who may be starting over after a fire claimed their home, or transitioning from homelessness into a stable living situation.

All donations are tax deductible.
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

Letter Carriers' Food Drive

Letter Carriers' Food Drive
The Letter Carriers' Food Drive is typically held the second Saturday of May. This year's drive will take place on May 10.
During this drive, your United States Postal Service Letter Carrier will pick up donations of non-perishable food items while delivering your mail.
The Community Survival Center is the recipient of all donations made in Ludlow, Wilbraham, and Indian Orchard.
This food drive is crucial to filling our shelves for the "slow season" when donations are down.
Please consider leaving a donation for your Letter Carrier to pick up on May 10.
The Community Survival Center wishes to thank all of the U.S.P.S. Letter Carriers who work hard throughout the year delivering our mail, and who work especially hard to help food pantries around the country to restock our shelves.

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Hunger is Year 'Round

During the holiday season, food donations increase as individuals and groups focus on the needs of those less fortunate. In the months of November and December, almost 41,000 lbs. of food was distributed to our clients.

Please remember that food insecurity doesn't just occur during the holiday season.

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)

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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