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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 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.

Request an Appointment

To request an appointment, please click here.  Then we will reach out to confirm your appointment location, time, and date.

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

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 hereTo register, click 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.

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:

 Campus Compact LogoAmeriCorps logo

    Merrimack Valley Food Bank LogoDignity Matters Logo

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