Community Survival Center, a bridge of hope to the hungry and homeless since 1983
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In Fiscal Year 2018, (that time period is July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018) the Community Survival Center continued its work of providing necessary and nutritious food, up to six times a year, to families and individuals from Ludlow, Wilbraham, and Hampden, as well as the Indian Orchard, Sixteen Acres, and Pine Point neighborhoods of Springfield. More than 150 seniors, residents of Hampden County, visited the Pantry each month to receive a supplemental food package that included breakfast items and frozen meats. Additionally, 24 preschool children were provided with a monthly food package of 20 breakfasts, lunches, and healthy snacks.

The Community Survival Center really has the perfect name: while helping the community with the basic survival need of food, the community supports the Center with time, money, and food. Without the support of the community, the Center would not be able to survive! The Ludlow Lions hold a canned food drive each year; a great example of the community providing support.

I really want to highlight our volunteers; we could not operate without them. Seriously! Every day, people step up to help at the Center. Most volunteers work a few hours each week; some a few hours each month. Interested in spending some time with us? We’d love to tell you more about volunteer opportunities.

So, how can you help? There are really three things we need from you: money, time, and donations! Money helps pay our bills – our vendors just won’t take a can of corn in lieu of payment! If you have the time, call or email us about volunteering. Donate food, especially canned meats, stews, and chunky soups; donate clothing, jewelry, dishes, sheets, and small kitchen appliances in working order. We can use it all and we are thankful you are thinking about the Center.

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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