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Food is organized in carts for the community distribution program

The Community Food Distribution Project makes food available five days per week.

Grow Food Northampton delivers food to 13 local sites twice per week and on-site distribution is available at the Northampton Survival Center three days each week (see below for details) .

Food is available to area residents even if they have not needed help accessing food in the past.

Northampton Survival Center Pickups

Mondays 2pm-6pm
Wednesdays 12pm-3pm
Fridays 12pm-3pm

Closed Tuesdays, Thursdays, and weekends.

Northampton Survival Center, 265 Prospect Street, Northampton

Bags will be distributed to clients directly outside the Northampton Survival Center and volunteers will assist with loading into your car.

Tuesday Deliveries

9:30-11:30am

Throughout the winter, doorstep delivery is available at all sites. Signup is required. Please call Sarah Pease at the Northampton Survival Center at (413) 586-2646 to request a delivery. If you have any questions, you can also contact Francie Lin, Grow Food Northampton’s Food Access Coordinator, at: francie@growfoodnorthampton.org

Thursday Deliveries

Thursdays: 10am-12 Noon

Grow Food Northampton will deliver packages to these sites and Northampton Housing Authority and Wayfinders staff  will distribute the packages to residents.

FAQ's

Bags will include shelf-stable pantry items and fresh produce, in large part purchased from local farms.  Bags are sized according to household size and are generally enough food for one week.

About the Community Food Distribution Project

The service area for on-site food distribution at the Northampton Survival Center includes the following towns: Chesterfield, Cummington, Easthampton, Florence, Goshen, Hadley, Hatfield, Haydenville, Huntington, Leeds, Middlefield, Northampton, Plainfield, South Hadley, Southampton, Westhampton, Williamsburg and Worthington. If you live outside of these towns and need help, get in touch with us and we will connect you.

About the Community Food Distribution Project

In March 2020, in response to the needs of the community during the COVID-19 pandemic, Grow Food Northampton and Northampton Survival Center partnered with other local organizations such as Community Action Pioneer Valley, the Northampton Housing Authority, the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, the City of Northampton, and Northampton Public Schools to swiftly launch the Community Food Distribution Project (CFDP). The CFDP ensures that members of our community who are experiencing increasing food insecurity in the pandemic have access to nutritious food on a weekly basis.

Grow Food Northampton’s role in the project is unique: we are purchasing fresh produce, winter-storage crops, and other farm products from local farmers to keep them afloat during this time. This local produce serves as a staple in all of the food packages, along with other food items from the Northampton Survival Center, that are being distributed and delivered throughout the community. We are proud to have constructed this just and sustainable food system in Northampton; we are keeping our local farmers whole while feeding members of our community!

We are especially grateful to the local funder collaborative, Local Roots Care, that came together to provide the very generous seed funding necessary to ensure that Grow Food Northampton could procure produce and other products from farms around Northampton. Thank you Marty Wohl, for your initiative and all of the other funding partners that joined you!

Learn all about the Community Food Distribution Project in 3 minutes by watching our short video documentary!

“We are pleased to be able to contribute to these worthy organizations that meet the needs of our most vulnerable community members during this time of crisis. The Community Food Distribution Project was easy to get behind. It’s a grassroots effort created and supported by our local community to help those most in need.”

Kevin Day, President & CEO
Florence Bank

Increase in emergency food needs due to COVID-19

Monthly averages before March 2020:

  • Individual visits: 2,300

  • New individuals: 63

During the first three months of the CFDP:

  • Individual visits: 12,427

  • New individuals: 2,545

Community Food Distribution Project Stats

  • Over 100 Northampton families fed per day

  • Groceries to make over 500 meals per week

  • 200+ volunteers packing, distributing, and delivering

  • Nutritious produce sourced from over 26 farms in the Western MA region

  • Since the start of the pandemic in April 2020, over 60,000 food packages have been delivered to more than 2,100 unique individuals and 820 unique families experiencing food insecurity

Food from local farms arrives by truck

Local Farms

Since the start of the pandemic in April 2020, we have purchased over 350,000 pounds of produce and other products from the following local farms:

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Thank you to all of our funding partners!

We are enormously grateful to our funders for this project! Our community has been generous beyond belief in supporting our local farmers and feeding our neighbors. We could not have done this work without the donations of hundreds of individual donors, the local business community, and local foundations.

Community Foundation of Western Mass

We are in it for the long haul.

Grow Food Northampton is committed to continuing to deliver food to our neighbors in need throughout the pandemic and in the post-pandemic recovery period. Your continued financial support will make this possible. Please donate to the Community Food Distribution Project so we can feed our community.

Emily Harding-Morick

I’m a ‘1 %er.’ Not through hard work and perseverance, nor by my ingenuity, nor vision, but by my family inheritance. My inheritance money accumulated due to many of the exact factors that have kept my Valley neighbors in many generations of economic and social insecurity: unfair labor practices; systemic racism in housing, employment, and education; and American capitalism and world imperialism. What an opportune time to return some of ‘my’ money ($20,000) to those nearby, who are suffering economic and food insecurity in this time of COVID. The Community Food Distribution Project (CFDP) has created an amazing distribution network between our Valley farmers and our community suffering food insecurity. What an awesome opportunity to donate!! Please consider taking this perfect historical moment with me to return some of your family wealth to our beloved Valley farmers and neighbors!

Emily Harding-Morick
Northampton
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