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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.

To watch a short video about our programs, please click here.

Food Pantry

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


Lawrence Campus, Dimitry Building, Room 020.

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

**Check out this video about accessing the Haverhill food pantry!

Request an Appointment

The NECC Food Programs has a new software program called PantrySoft.  The link below will take you to a new website, in which you can sign in using your NECC credentials.  On this website you can make an appointment on the campus of your choice to shop in person or place an order for pick up. Please be patient with us as we onboard this new software program.

If you have any problems booking an appointment or accessing the software, please email and we will help you make an appointment.

To request an appointment, please click here.

Para solicitar una cita, por favor haga clic aqui.

Interested in Donating? We Are In Need of the Following

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).

Other:  personal hygiene products, cleaning items

**Gift cards to Market Basket and for gasoline are always welcome.**

Please contact to arrange a drop off time.

Free Monthly Mobile Market

In partnership with the Greater Boston Food Bank, NECC hosts a free mobile market each month during the academic year. All NECC students, faculty and staff are encouraged to take part. Learn more about the Free Monthly Mobile Market and how to volunteer here.

To register, click here.

Para registrarse haga clic aquí.

Check out this great story on NECC’s Mobile Market in partnership with Greater Boston Food Bank by Chronicle 5 WVCB:

Smart Meals

In partnership with Food for Free, NECC is running a pilot in fall 2022 with offering their Heats N’ Eats meals or as we call them, Smart Meals!  Smart Meals were popular prior to our COVID-19 shut down, and we are happy to offer them again this fall.  To access a Smart Meal,

Haverhill Campus: Visit the 2nd floor of the Student Center. There is a freezer outside the food pantry, where you can fill out a simple form and grab a meal.

Lawrence Campus: Visit the Student Lounge in Dimitry Building off the Atrium, room 146.  There is a freezer where you fill out a simple form and grab a meal.

Both locations have plastic ware and a microwave available.


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.

NECC Clothing Assistance

NECC offers clothing assistance to current students with the help of valued community partners, Debbie’s Treasure Chest and Ruth’s House.

For non-emergency clothing needs including clothing for other household members, please contact the Community Resources department for a referral to a community partner.

If you are in immediate/emergency need for clothing, please contact the Community Resources.  We have a small supply of adult casual clothes on each campus available to current students.


Phone: 978-556-3471

Volunteers Needed!

Volunteers are needed for both our food pantry and mobile market programs!  To learn about some of the volunteer roles we have, please click here. If interested, please email

Special thanks to our valuable partners:


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