At this time, we are unable to accept any donations except financial donations. We can make your money go a very long way by using the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. Please join us with a financial contribution here.
Personal Care Items
Imagine life without toilet paper, toothpaste, or soap. Hard as it is to imagine, many of our client families 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.
Items we are happy to accept and distribute include:
- Toothbrush (adults and children)
- Toilet paper
- Shaving cream
- Lip balm
- Feminine hygiene
No Longer Accepting Clothing & Shoes
We no longer accept donations of clothing as of February 15, 2019. We discontinued our clothing program in order to increase our capacity and give out more food as part of our weekly food distribution program.
If you have clothing to donate, please consider the following places:
Goodwill in Northampton (413-320-4911)
Salvation Army in Hadley (413-582-0403)
Hospice Shop in Northampton (413-586-0193)
Cancer Connection Thrift Shop in Northampton (413-587-9999)
The Village Closet, 2 Main St., Cummington (413-650-3640) (children’s and maternity clothing)
We are still happy to accept donations of toiletries, cookbooks, children’s books and, as always, non-perishable food items.
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.