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 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 $5/bag (with a limit of one bag of children's clothing) or $7/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.
|Please check out our "Thank You" tab, where we express our appreciation for those who support the Community Survival Center.|
Flip DayOn Friday, September 14, The Community Survival Center will be closed. This will enable us to conduct our semi-annual "Flip".
Clothing and accessories for the upcoming cooler weather will be placed in the Program and Thrift Shop.
Please join us when we re-open at 9:30am on Monday, September 17 with our new merchandise available.
Food Pantry Closing on Wednesdays starting September 19We regret to inform our Emergency Food clients that, starting Wednesday, September 19, the food pantry will close on Wednesdays.
Please plan ahead to visit the Center on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday.
We apologize for any inconvenience this causes.
Back to SchoolBack to School time can be a very expensive time of year for families with limited incomes. Students succeed when they have the tools they need to complete their school work.
We gratefully accept donations of school supplies to share with our emergency food clients' school age children.
Some great items are: (new) backpacks, pencils, pens, markers, crayons, notebooks and paper, erasers, rulers, children's scissors, glue and glue sticks, calculators.
MilkHere's a great idea! #10GallonChallenge
Click on the link to see a video of one man's quest to help local dairy farmers and families with food insecurity at the same time!
We gratefully accept donations of fresh dairy products during donation hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday
Garden SurplusAs the fruits of your labor begin to appear in your garden, and you realize you have more than your family could possibly eat...we have the answer!
Families who struggle with food insecurity often lack fresh fruits and vegetables in their diet.
From Apples to Zucchini, we gratefully accept surplus garden produce to share with our emergency food clients.
Let us help prevent waste of good food and provide a special treat to the families who rely on your generous donations.
BagsWe are always in need of clean paper and cloth bags with handles for our clients to carry their purchases and food allotments.
Do you have an abundance of paper and/or cloth bags that are no longer being used? If so, please consider bringing them to us!
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 and wipes for babies and toddlers. Larger sizes are always in demand.
Feminine hygiene products are also welcomed.
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 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.
Please find and download the application. It can be found on the “About Us” tab, under “Board of Directors”.
If you have any questions , please call the Center @ 413-543-3930 and ask to speak to Mary.
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Food NeededWe 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 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 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 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
canned or bag beans
100% fruit juice
during donation hours only:
fresh 100% juice
fresh dairy items (such as cheese, yogurt, eggs)
fresh garden surplus
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.