April Change for Change Recipient: The Northampton Survival Center
The Northampton Survival Center is dedicated to improving the quality of life for low-income individuals and families throughout Hampshire County by providing nutritious food and other resources in an atmosphere of dignity and respect.
The Northampton Survival Center opened in November of 1979 in the Parish Hall of St. John’s Episcopal Church on Elm Street. The hard work, vision and dedication required to organize a food pantry came from area members of the religious and social services communities.
From the minute it opened its doors, the Survival Center fulfilled a long-standing need: distributing food to people in emergency situations and to help people with low-incomes who require assistance in making ends meet on a short term basis.
The Center runs two pantries – one in Northampton and one in Goshen, distributing approximately 750,000 pounds of food each year.