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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 Pantry

Thanks to the help of our local community partners, NECC has a food pantry on the Lawrence campus.  Students can access these items at no cost!


Lawrence Campus, Dimitry Building, Room 020.


Request an Appointment

Please email to make an appointment! Please provide your full name, student ID number, preferred email address & mobile phone number, and your date of birth so we can put you in our system.


Request a Food Bag Pickup

If you’re on the Haverhill campus, you can request a food bag for pickup. Please email for further information 


Interested in Donating? Anything helps!

Food: pasta, rice, beans (canned or dry), cereal, canned goods, canned chicken/tuna, shelf-stable milk (dairy and non-dairy), frozen products

Other:  personal hygiene products, cleaning items, toothpaste, 

**Gift cards are always welcome.**

Please contact to arrange a drop off time.


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 to make an appointment.


Mobile Market

NECC mobile markets will now be operated and served by AgeSpan at 280 Merrimack St, Lawrence, MA 01843. 


Food Resources Map

Shoutout to our friends over at the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission who have helped create this food resource map! You can view Food Assistance, Fresh Food, Food Service, and Food Retail organizations/companies in the nearby area


Special thanks to our valuable partners:


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