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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 34 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 $4/bag (with a limit of one bag of children's clothing) or $6/bag for the larger 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.

Thanksgiving Dinners and Turkeys

Thanksgiving Dinners and Turkeys
As the days get shorter and the nights get colder, The Community Survival Center is gearing up for the coming holidays. We need your help! The Center provides Thanksgiving dinners for our Seniors and Emergency Food clients.

Our wish list includes:

turkeys (fresh or frozen-we have refrigerators and freezers to store them!)
chickens (fresh or frozen - for smaller households)
potatoes (fresh or boxed)
vegetables (fresh, frozen, or canned; such as:
carrots, yams, green beans, onions, peas)
stuffing mix
gravy (canned or bottled)
cranberry sauce
cream of mushroom soup
canned crispy onions
desserts (pumpkin pie ingredients: pie crust mix, canned pumpkin, canned evaporated milk, pumpkin pie spice; or box cheesecake mix)

We thank all of our generous donors for helping us to spread the joy of Thanksgiving holiday to those in need.

Children's Clothing Needed

Children's Clothing Needed
We are in need of donations of children's clothing in all sizes, boys' and girls'. Winter coats and pajamas are also needed.

Any and all donations are gratefully accepted. Please consider us when your children have outgrown their clothing.

If there is a church, school, or youth group looking for a community service project, a children's clothing drive would be a great help!

Thank you to all of our generous donors for helping us to help our neighbors in need.

Christmas candy, children's books, and stocking stuffers

Christmas candy, children's books, and stocking stuffers
As December fast approaches, our thoughts turn towards Christmas.

At the Community Survival Center, our mission is to provide basic survival items to the struggling families in our community.

Along with this, we also try to provide special items to make the season brighter.

We are seeking donations of Christmas candy, children's books, and stocking stuffers, so that we may distribute them along with Christmas meals and emergency food.

Any and all donations of these treats are gratefully accepted.

Please help us to share some fun and sweets this Christmas season!

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Winter Coats and Cold Weather Protection

Winter Coats and Cold Weather Protection
With cold weather approaching, The Community Survival Center is now gratefully accepting donations of winter coats, jackets, scarves, hats, gloves, mittens, and boots.

We also accept other cold weather protection items: thermal underclothes, warm socks, pajamas, slippers, sweatshirts, sweaters, flannel shirts, blankets, and quilts.

Clean out your closets (and those of your children!) and donate your unwanted items.

Thank you for helping us to help our neighbors in need.

How YOU Can Help!

How YOU Can Help!
Did you know that the Community Survival Center gratefully accepts cash (or check) donations? We are very appreciative of any and all donations, large and small.

Here are a few ways your tax-deductible donation can help us to better serve our clients.

$10 will help us buy two main staple items for the Pantry: tuna and pasta

$30 will help us to purchase perishable meats that will last a senior one month

$50 will buy 20 breakfasts, lunches, and snacks for 2 hungry children in the pre-school pantry program

$100 will help us stock the pantry with hearty soups and stews, and canned vegetables

$400 will help to heat or cool the Center

Diapers and sanitary products

Diapers and sanitary products
Families 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 Directors

Board of Directors
Would 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.

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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.

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-3:15pm, and Thursday, 8:30am-4:45pm.

We Need Volunteers

We Need Volunteers
We 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 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
canned or bag beans
100% fruit juice

during donation hours only:
fresh meat
fresh milk
fresh 100% juice
fresh dairy items (such as cheese, yogurt, eggs)
fresh fruit
fresh vegetables
fresh 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-3:15pm. On Thursday, donation hours are extended to 4:45pm.
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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