Every day we gratefully take in donated food, personal care items, clothing and shoes, cloth bags and cleaning products and make them available to our neighbors in need, free of charge. Donations are accepted during our regular business office hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9am to 4pm as well as on Tuesday and Thursday from 1pm to 7pm.
Personal Care Items
Imagine life without toilet paper, toothpaste, or soap. Hard as it is to imagine, many of our clients lack these basic necessities, and struggle to maintain the rudiments of personal hygiene when they can’t afford these supplies. These items can be expensive and cannot be purchased with Food Stamps. Although we don’t budget for buying these items for our clients, community donations of basic personal care items are gratefully received and distributed to our clients. We accept certain items that have been gently used (shampoo, conditioner, lotions,etc.).
Items we are happy to accept and distribute include:
- Toilet paper
- Shaving cream
- Lip balm
- Feminine hygiene
Clothing & Shoes
Our space for sorting and displaying clothing is small, and as a result, from time to time we regretfully must turn away clothing donations. We suggest that you call us at (413) 586-6564 before bringing more than a bag or two of clothing so we can tell you whether or not we have room on that day.We accept donations of all sizes of clothing (from newborn to adult) that are clean and in good repair. We also take pairs of shoes that are in good condition.
These items also cannot be purchased with Food Stamps and can be expensive, so a donation of these items makes a huge impact on the lives of our clients. We do not take any large cleaning supplies or tools like mops, buckets or brooms, but do accept cleaning products like laundry detergent, dish soap, and any household, kitchen or bathroom cleaners. We will accept items that are gently used.
One third of our clients are children and at times, there is a wait, so we like to have books for them to read while they wait. These books can also be taken home by our clients. Children’s books in any language are accepted.
In compliance with the City of Northampton Single Use Plastic Bag Ban, the Northampton Survival Center no longer provides single-use plastic bags for groceries. We encourage clients to bring re-usable cloth bags for packaging their groceries. Donating re-usable cloth shopping bags helps our clients, helps the Center, and helps our environment.
Cook books and cooking magazines
In an effort to support our clients in healthy nutrition and meal diversity, we accept cook books and cooking magazines, in any language.