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 33 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. Shirts and blouses are $3 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.|
Food and Diaper DrivePlease join The Hutchins, Hayes, Harju, Grant, and Gosselin Family as they host a Food and Diaper Drive on Sunday, November 27 to benefit The Community Survival Center.
The Drive will be held in the Rocky's Ace Hardware parking lot at 28 North Main Street, East Longmeadow, MA from 9:00am-2:00pm.
Non-perishable food items, all sizes of diapers, personal care items, and winter clothing items will be accepted and given to The Community Survival Center.
Craft FairThe Federated Community Church of Hampden is holding a Craft Fair on Saturday, December 3 from 10:00am-3:00pm at their hall at 590 Main Street in Hampden.
This is a great time to get some Christmas shopping done!
Staff from The Community Survival Center will be staffing an information table with this basket of goodies to be raffled off. Prize winners will be notified by email or phone.
Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinners
The number of people needing our help with food has increased. In the last 12 months over 13,300 individuals received food assistance. Of that, over 1,600 people received our Holiday Dinners.
Although the community continues to generously support our programs, food donations have not increased to keep pace with the need for food.
A $25.00 donation for either Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner could make the holidays just a bit brighter for one family through your generosity.
We will begin to distribute Thanksgiving & Christmas dinners on November 2nd and continue through December 23rd.
If you would prefer to purchase the food for a dinner please bring it to the Center or drop it off in your Church food drive as soon as possible.
THANKSGIVING SHOPPING LIST
Turkey or Chicken
Gravy (turkey or chicken)
Cranberry Sauce (whole berry or jellied)
Potatoes (instant or fresh)
Green Beans (canned, frozen, or fresh)
Carrots (canned or fresh)
Yams (canned or fresh)
Diapers and sanitary productsFamilies who struggle with food insecurity also often struggle to provide other basic necessities for their families. We gratefully accept and distribute diapers for babies and adults. Larger sizes are always in demand.
Feminine hygiene products are also welcomed.
Board of DirectorsWould you like to help your community in a meaningful way? Are you interested in serving on our Board of Directors? Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month @ 5:30pm at the Center.
Board members volunteer additional time at various events and food drives.
If interested, please call the Center @ 413-543-3930 and ask to speak to Mary.
Inclement Weather UpdateWe use the Springfield Public School weather closings as a guide in determining if and when the Center will open for business.
When severe weather conditions cause the Springfield Public Schools to either close or delay opening, the Center will automatically have a delayed opening until 10:00 a.m.
If we should close, please check our website, our Facebook page, or watch for closings and delays on either WWLP 22News or Western Mass News, which is the combination of CBS 3, ABC 40 and FOX 6.
Urgent Food StorageWe 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.
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.
We Need VolunteersWe are always in need of volunteers. If you think you could give some time to help us, and would like to be a volunteer or an "on call" volunteer, we will be happy to work with you to create a mutually beneficial schedule.
We also gladly welcome groups of volunteers. Do you have a Scout Troop, church, school, or community group looking for a service project? Are you a confirmation student fulfilling community service hours? We could use your assistance!
Please contact Mary 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:
fresh 100% juice
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.