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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. Simply fill out our registration form, bring your reusable shopping bag, and take home a bag of groceries or clothes!

Students can email  for referrals to food resources in our community.


Lawrence Campus, Dimitry Building, Room 020

Haverhill Campus, Behrakis Student Center, 2nd Floor Knights Nook

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).

Donations can be dropped off at one of the closets during open hours or 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.

Smart Meals

Enjoy a free hot, healthy meal on campus! The “Smart Meals” are single serving, deep frozen meals that students can sign out and microwave. NECC partners with Food for Free to make this initiative possible.

Where can I get a Smart Meal?

Haverhill: Student Center 1st floor, Welcome Express windows & Student Center 2nd Floor, Knights Nook

Lawrence: El-Hefni Building Welcome Express Windows; LC Health Professions Academic Center; & Dimitry Building, room 20

Pop-Up Peanut Butter and Jelly Stations

Pop up Peanut Butter and Jelly stations are located in many of the academic and advising centers on our campuses. Please feel free to drop by and make a free sandwich whenever the centers are open. Gluten-free bread and nut-free spread are also available upon request. Local donors make this initiative possible.

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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