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Food banks in Hampden County.

Free or low cost food, meals, and groceries can be picked up at food pantries in Hampden County Massachusetts. A number of centers and organizations can assist residents of Springfield, Holyoke, and the greater Hampden County area. Find the primary food banks to call for help below.

Most of the services are offered at no cost. However some of the food pantries may charge a nominal fee or have other conditions that need to be met. The exact type of food and other aid distributed will vary by facility. For example, some locations in Hampden County will have perishable items, breads, vegetables, and more. Other locations may have emergency food boxes, or even items such as clothing, baby food, meals, as well as Christmas meals and Thanksgiving meals.

Long term support can be arranged as well. Case managers can partner with low income families to help them apply for state of Massachusetts benefits, such as SNAP food stamps. Or the food pantries have referrals to a number of other resources.

CHIEFF-Chicopee Emergency Food, Fuel, and Soup Kitchen
Address of main center - 35 Center Street
Chicopee, Massachusetts, 01013
Phone - (413) 592-9528
As indicated, a number of financial assistance and other programs are offered. Access meals, free food, groceries, and even heating oil and fuel.

Community Survival Center, Inc.
Location - 240 Main Street
Indian Orchard, MA, 01151
Telephone :(413) 543-3930

COWASS North America, Inc. - Cowasuck Band of The Pennacook Abenaki People
Forestdale, MA, 02644
Phone - (508) 477-1772





Town of East Longmeadow
328 North Main Street
East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, 01028
Call (413) 525-5439
Various social services and government assistance programs are open for town residents who are struggling, low income, or need some support during difficult periods.

Gray House, Inc.
Primary address - 22 Sheldon Street
Springfield, Massachusetts, 01107
Telephone - (413) 734-6696
Emergency boxes of groceries, fruits, rice, and more free services may be available.

Greater Westfield Emergency Food Pantry, Inc.
101 Meadow Street
Westfield, MA, 01085
Dial (413) 572-0802 for hours or an appointment.
Distributes food and meals to people faced with an emergency situation.

Martin Luther King Junior Community Center, Inc.
Food bank address - 3 Rutland Street
Springfield, MA, 01109
Phone number - (413) 746-3655

Massachusetts Department of Veterans Services
827 State Street
Springfield, Massachusetts, 01107
Phone number - (413) 886-0480
Military personnel and their families can get food, perishable items, clothing, and help in applying for government aid.

Mission Church Of The Living God
20 Bowdoin Terrace
Springfield, MA, 01109
Main phone - (413) 858-8111

Open Pantry Community Services, Inc.
2460 Main Street,
Springfield, Massachusetts, 01109
Food pantry phone number (413) 737-5353. Call for fresh foods, food boxes, and referrals.





Open Pantry of Monson
Pantry location is 5 High Street
Monson, MA, 01057
Phone number (413) 267-3312

Parish Cupboard
1023 Main Street
West Springfield, Massachusetts, 01089
Telephone - (413) 734-7969

Providence Ministries for the Needy, Inc.
Holyoke, Massachusetts, 01041
Food center phone – (413) 536-9109
A second location is at 56 Cabot Street, Holyoke, MA, 01040, (413) 538-8026

Salvation Army of Massachusetts
271 Appleton St., Holyoke, MA, 01041
Main phone number - (413) 532-6310

  • second location is 170 Pearl Street, Springfield, MA, 01105
  • third location is 12 Arnold Street, Westfield, MA, 01085, Phone:(413) 568-1256
  • or stop by 271 Appleton St., Holyoke, MA, 01041, call (413) 532-6310

All of these locations help the working poor in Hampden County. They have a thrift store, food pantry, and may even have funding for bills or rent. In addition, holiday meals and toys may be offered as seasonal items.

St. Johns Congregational Church
Address of church is 45 Hancock Street
Springfield, MA, 01109
Dial the food bank at (413) 214-7454
Perishable as well as canned food items are available, most of which come from donations. The homeless may also receive a meal or an article of clothing.




Valley Opportunity Council, Inc.
300 High Street
Holyoke, Massachusetts, 01040
(413) 552-1554 Ext: 3013
Referrals may be provided to local charities and non-profits in Hampden County, and those organizations will focus on the low income. Seniors may also be able to receive free health food, and the non-profit has information on WIC and other aid.

Veterans Inc.
69 Grove Street
Worcester, Massachusetts, 01605
Telephone - (508) 791-3273

There are a number of other food assistance programs for Springfield and the county. Low income families, children, and the disadvantaged can benefit from CSFP (Commodity Supplemental Food Program), free school lunches, and more. Call 413-247-9738 for more information on programs or referrals to pantries.


By Jon McNamara

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