Food ASSISTANCE

The following agencies offer Food Assistance. We encourage you to reach out directly to these agencies as the programs and resources frequently change.

  1. FOOD ASSISTANCE

Lorraine’s Soup Kitchen and Pantry- For over 25 years, Lorraine’s has served the Chicopee, MA community through their pantry and soup kitchen. They connect with their donors and supporters, offer assistance to friends and neighbors, and help lead the fight against food insecurity.

413-592-9528
http://www.lorrainessoupkitchen.com

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Department of Transitional Assistance (Food Stamps) assists and empowers low-income individuals and families to meet their basic needs, improve their quality of life, and achieve long term economic self-sufficiency.

413-552-5400
www.mass.gov/dta

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Open Pantry’s Emergency Food Pantry - has been providing non-perishable groceries for people in need since 1975. Both individuals and families in the Springfield area come to the EFP on an emergency basis

413-737-5353
www.openpantry.org

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Loaves and Fishes Kitchen- serves lunch and dinner, 7 days a week. This is operated by Open Pantry.

413-731-5668
www.openpantry.org

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Kate’s Kitchen- serves a noon-time meal to anyone no questions asked 365 days a year. Kate's also offers a brown bag supper on Wednesdays from 5-6 pm.

413-532-0233
http://www.provministries.org/locations/kates-kitchen/

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Margaret’s Pantry- A full-service food pantry that provides food to residents of the greater Holyoke area (except Springfield). Business hours are Monday-Friday 8AM-4PM and are closed Fridays during the summer.

413-538-8026
http://www.provministries.org/locations/margarets-pantry/

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The Food Bank Of Western Massachusetts – It is a mobile food bank that delivers a truck full of free fresh and non-perishable groceries from our warehouse directly to a community site for immediate distribution to residents. The program reaches under-served populations throughout Western Massachusetts that don’t have access to healthy foods, including families, seniors and children. There are no eligibility requirements to receive food from our Mobile Food Bank. Anyone in need of assistance can attend. It’s a good idea to arrive 10-15 minutes prior to distribution time, and bring with you boxes or bags to carry your food.‌

Location: 50 Broadway St, Chicopee MA, 40 Leary Dr., Holyoke, MA, 82 Division St. Springfield, MA

When: 2nd and 4th Mondays, 10-11 a.m.

https://www.foodbankwma.org/get-help/mobile-food-bank/

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The Gray House- serves 80–120 households per week. Households are able to visit the pantry ten times in a year. With each visit they receive three to four days worth of food. Providing food assistance for people living in poverty is crucial because it prevents physical and emotional health problems and helps sustain quality of life.

Hours: Thursdays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

413-734-6696
http://grayhouse.org/food-pantry/

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Springfield (Forest Park)Farmers Market -Rain or shine.  There is free entry to the park for the market.  Tell the front gate attendant that you are there for the market and they will let you in for free or take the Trafton Road entrance.
220 Trafton Rd. Springfield, MA
May 1-October 31: 12:30PM-6PM every Tuesday

https://www.farmersmarketatforestpark.com/