Every day we gratefully take in donated food, personal care items, children’s books, cook books, 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
No Longer Accepting Clothing & Shoes
We will no longer be accepting donations of clothing as of February 15, 2019.
We are excited to be reconfiguring our weekly program. Over the past few years, we have been giving out more food, especially fresh produce, which has led to longer wait times. Therefore, we are making changes to the layout of the pantry which will allow us to serve our clients more efficiently and offer more food.
To make room for these changes, we are discontinuing our clothing program and will no longer be accepting donations of clothing as of February 15th until further notice. 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.