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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 $4 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.

Flip Day

Flip Day
The Community Survival Center will be closed on Friday, March 16 for our semi-annual "flip".

On this day, we will switch out the fall/winter clothing for spring/summer clothing.

We welcome shoppers to come in and browse all of the new merchandise when we re-open on Monday, March 19.

Easter Dinner

Easter Dinner
Easter Sunday is April 1, 2018. We will begin distributing dinners in March.

As always, we gratefully accept donations of Easter items:

ham (canned or fresh)
pineapple (canned or fresh)
potatoes (scalloped or au gratin)
white cake mix
lemon bars
no bake cheesecake
jelly beans (for our seniors)
chocolate Easter bunnies/candy (for children)

Alternately, a $25 donation will provide a meal for a family.

We thank all of our generous donors. You put the Community in our name!

Villa Rose Fundraiser

Villa Rose Fundraiser
Please join us at the Villa Rose Restaurant, 1428 Center Street in Ludlow, on Wednesday, May 2.

Tony Tavares will donate 20% of all sales from lunch and dinner that day to support the Community Survival Center.

Enjoy a fabulous meal while helping your neighbors in need.

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Prom Dresses

Prom Dresses
Prom season will be here before you know it.

We gratefully accept donations of special occasion and professional clothing for men and women:

prom dresses
fancy dresses
business dresses and suits
suits and sport jackets
dress shoes

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 and wipes for babies and toddlers. Larger sizes are always in demand.

Feminine hygiene products are also welcomed.

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

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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Food Needed

Food Needed
We need your help!

Once again we are looking to you, the community, for help in getting food on our pantry shelves. The number of families coming to us for food is increasing, and we need to keep our shelves stocked with a variety of nutritious items. We are averaging 18 new families a month.

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, she 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 community group looking for a service project? Are you a confirmation student fulfilling community service hours? We could use your assistance!

Please note: We cannot accept any volunteer under the age of 16 (for liability reasons). Volunteers aged 16 and 17 must be accompanied by an adult when volunteering. Volunteers must complete an application process, which includes a request for references.

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 to 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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