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Food Assistance for NECC Students

Food insecurity is a common challenge for college students in Massachusetts and across the country. Northern Essex Community College cares about its students and knows hunger can impact academic success. We have several initiatives aimed to help.

Food and Clothing Closets

Thanks to the help of our local community partners, NECC is excited to announce the launching of its clothing and food closets.  Students can access these items at no cost.

Locations and Times

Lawrence Campus, Dimitry Building, Room 020: Appointments available on Thursdays.

Haverhill Campus, Behrakis Student Center, 2nd Floor Knights Nook: Appointments on Tuesdays beginning September 29th.

Request an Appointment

To request an appointment, please fill out this form.  Then we will reach out to confirm your appointment location, time, and date.

Interested in Donating? We Are In Need of the Following

Clothing: new socks, new underwear, sweatshirts/hoodies, winter jackets, sweatpants/shorts, gloves, hats, and scarves.

Food: pasta, rice (plain and boxed spiced), beans (canned or dry), cereal, canned fruit and vegetables, canned chicken/tuna, shelf-stable milk (dairy and non-dairy).

Please contact to arrange a drop off time.

Free Monthly Farmer’s Market

In partnership with the Greater Boston Food Bank, NECC hosts a free farmer’s market each month during the academic year. All NECC students, faculty and staff are encouraged to take part. Learn more about the Free Monthly Farmers Market, and how to volunteer or pre-register here.

SNAP Benefits Application Assistance

Many students who qualify for financial aid also qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). If you are interested in seeing if you qualify and/or to apply, please visit Mass Department of Transitional Assistance for MA residents and for NH residents, please visit New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services.

For on-campus help applying for SNAP or additional food resources, please contact Community Resources at or 978-556-3471 to make an appointment.


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