Improving quality of life for low-income individuals & families in Hampshire County by providing food & other resources w/ dignity & respect
Look At What We Have Been Up To…
Bread & Butter Club
Spread your warm feelings about the Northampton Survival Center’s work throughout the year by tangibly supporting our programs each month. The Bread & Butter Club provides an easy way to contribute regularly by credit card or automatic bank withdrawal. This year, instead of a food drive, we’re encouraging businesses and groups to magnify their efforts by hosting a Bread & Butter Club drive for the Center. While we appreciate the food drives which add valuable variety to our supply, regular donations of money, particularly those we can count on through our Bread & Butter Club, provide the most stability, security, and longevity to our programs. If you become a Bread & Butter member through Valley Gives it will help us reach out $10,000 match Grant!!
“Sometimes it’s easy to feel down when things aren’t going so well in your life, so it’s nice to be somewhere where everyone is so positive and nice.”
Fresh Local Milk Program
We had fresh milk to offer clients on occasion, but more often we could only offer powered milk, which wasn’t a popular choice. Thanks to an anonymous three-year grant, we are finally able to offer fresh, local milk to our clients with every visit through a partnership with Our Family Farms dairy co-op. We started offering milk during the 2012 Kids’ Summer Food Program, and it was an immediate success. Beginning in March, the new grant enables us to provide milk year round.
The People’s Share
The People’s Share is a CSA (Community-Supported Agriculture) program with an unusual twist. Subscribers pay a weekly fee, and visit the Survival Center to choose produce from a range of options. The fee that subscribers pay covers their share but also underwrites shares donated to our clients, thus ensuring that they too benefit from fresh winter produce. Further, Enterprise Farm donates surplus food, significantly expanding what we can offer our clients.
“I never knew what kale was. I am 50 years old and I have never eaten so healthy in my life since I started coming [to the NSC].”
Kids’ Summer Food Program
KSFP provides tens of thousands of meals during summer break for children who rely on free meals at school. This program is a lifesaver for hundreds of local families, and amazingly, when you donate just $6 each month for a year, it enables us to provide breakfast and lunch groceries for one child every weekday, all summer long!
“This place is a lifesaver for me. I especially appreciate the fresh vegetables. It’s unusual to find a place that really works for you.”
Post Office Food Drive
Families throughout the area fill bags with groceries that are picked up by postal carriers and donated to the Center. Each year approximately 20,000 pounds of food come to the center though this food drive in a massive and fun-filled community effort that is continually a tremendous success. It’s always a day when our community truly shines, as neighbors care for neighbors together.
With a nod to the USDA and their My Plate approach to balancing nutrition, the NSC has launched a new way to distribute food to our clients to be much broader: dairy, fresh produce, canned fruits and vegetables, grains, protein, meal makers and supplies, extras, and occasional “freebies” outside of the list. Clients will be able to choose the types of food they want in each category helping them make the healthiest food choices for themselves and their families.