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Group of NECC students stand behind table of food at the farmers market.

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.

Hot Meals

The Café in the Spurk Building (Haverhill) and also in the lobby of the El-Hefni Building (Lawrence) offer a daily hot lunch for $3.00 for any student, faculty, and staff with an NECC ID (one per person, per day).

Hot lunches will be served from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. or until they run out!

Food Pantry

Thanks to the help of our local community partners, NECC has a food pantry on the Lawrence campus, available to students at no cost.

Students on the Haverhill campus can request a food bag pickup. Current students can access these items at no cost! 

Lawrence Campus
Dimitry Building, L020

Request Form


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.

MADD Love Meals

In partnership with UTEC, NECC is providing limited, culturally appropriate, MADD Love Meals monthly to current students. These boxes contain fresh vegetables and fruits. 

Request Form
SNAP Benefits

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.

Apply for SNAP
Food Resources Map

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

View Map

Food Resources Request

Please click this link to select the NECC Food Resources that you would like for the month! You can always email with any questions. 

Special thanks to our valuable partners


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