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Northern Essex Community College offers a referral service to resources in the community. To meet with someone at NECC to discuss your need, please use the Community Resources Referral Form to submit your request.

Food Resources

Food Resources

Food Assistance on Campus

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 on the Lawrence Campus serving students on both campuses.
  • SNAP Benefits Application Assistance

Read more about Food Assistance on Campus

Supplemental Nutrition Program (SNAP) / (Food Stamps)

You may be eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps. The Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) administers SNAP benefits. SNAP provides a monthly benefit to buy nutritious foods. To receive SNAP, you must be low income and be a US citizen or legal noncitizen (restrictions apply). Eligibility for SNAP benefits depends on financial and non financial criteria.


Phone: 877-382-2363 (DTA Assistance Line)
Website: Massachusetts SNAP Benefits / Online Application


ESOL Supported Career Skills Certificate Programs approved for SNAP scholarships.

Our ESOL Career Skills programs are geared towards English Language Learners at an Intermediate to Advanced level. They are taught in English but supported with an ESOL instructor. Classes are mostly taught by bilingual instructors along with experienced English Language instructors and all are experts in the field. Students expand their knowledge of the English language by applying it to the context of specific career areas. ESOL instruction and activities closely follow the career skills learned in class.

All certificate programs begin with a two-week Digital Literacy course and end with a short course on Personal Finances. A career coach is assigned to each student to help guide them along and prepare for employment. 

Currently all of our programs are being offered through the SNAP Path to Work Program with DTA for qualified SNAP recipients.

Please click here for more information.


Massachusetts Women, Infant and Children (WIC)

WIC is a nutrition program that provides healthy foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and referrals to healthcare and other services, free of charge, to Massachusetts families who qualify.


Greater Lawrence Community Action Council – Andover, Lawrence, Methuen, and North Andover

Phone: 978-681-4960
Website: Lawrence WIC

Community Action – Amesbury, Haverhill, Gloucester, Beverly

Phone: 978-374-2191
Website: Northern Essex WIC

Food Resources by Area



CorUnum Meal Center

The CorUnum Meal Center is a not-for-profit meal center located in South Lawrence, MA. We provide free, nutritious meals in a safe environment to anyone who is in need of food. At each meal, guests include the working poor, families with children, children without parental supervision, the unemployed, the homeless, senior citizens, those living with mental and emotional illness, and individuals of all ages. Nutritious meals are served seven days a week. Breakfast is from 6:00 to 8:00 am, and dinner is from 4:30 to 6:30 pm.


Address: 118 South Broadway Street, Lawrence, MA 01843
Phone: 978-688-8900
Website: CorUnum Meal Center

Neighbors in Need

Neighbors in Need operates eight food pantries strategically located throughout the neighborhoods of Lawrence and Methuen. Food is available to all who request it without judgment or needs assessment.


Address: 60 Island Street, Suite 214-E, Lawrence, MA 01841
Phone: 978-685-8321
Website: Neighbors in Need

Bread & Roses Soup Kitchen

Bread & Roses is a soup kitchen in Lawrence, MA. They serve a full-course, nutritious dinner five evenings every week. Anyone who is hungry or in need is welcome. There are no questions asked, no forms to fill out and no charge for the meal. Emergency food pantry is available with a referral on a case-by-case basis. Health services are offered every Wednesday during the dinner hours, health insurance is not required. Dinner is served from 5 to 7 pm, Mon-Thurs and Saturday. Closed on Fridays and Sundays.


Address: 58 Newbury Street Lawrence, MA 01840
Phone: 978-681-8768
Website: Bread & Roses Soup Kitchen

Lazarus House Food Services

The goal at Lazarus House is to provide food to anyone who is hungry and comes to their door. Difficulty making ends meet is happening to increasing numbers of people. Driven by hunger and unemployment, they are turning to food pantries for assistance in feeding their families. St. Martha’s Food Pantry offers a “one-of-a-kind” shopping experience, allowing choices of food, when possible, which provides more dignity and greater efficiency. The Good Shepherd Center is a soup kitchen that provides hot meals. In the winter months when people can’t get out to the food pantry, the Soup Van travels throughout Lawrence distributing food to people living in the streets.


Soup Kitchen

Address: 412 Hampshire Street, Lawrence, MA
Hours: May-October Hours: Monday-Friday, Breakfast 8:30 am-9:30 am; Lunch 11:30 am-1 pm
November-April Hours: Open 7 days a week: Breakfast 8:30 am-9:30 am; Lunch 11:30 am-1 pm
Phone: 978-269-5280

Food Pantry

Address: 242 Hampshire Street Lawrence, MA
Hours: Wednesdays 9 am-2 pm
Phone: 978-332-5013

Evening Bagged Lunch

Address: 48 Holly Street, Lawrence, MA
Hours: 7 days a week from 8 pm-10 pm
Phone: 978-794-8447

Website: Lazarus House Food



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Our Neighbor’s Table

Our Neighbor’s Table hosts a Wednesday Meal each week. The food pantry program provides groceries, fresh foods, and toiletries. Food is never more than a phone call away through our 24/7 emergency hotline.
Address: Main Street Congregational Church Vestry Hall 145 Main Street, Amesbury, MA
Hours: Wednesday Dinner 4-6pm

Grocery Program:

Serves Amesbury, Boxford, Byfield, Georgetown, Groveland, Merrimac, Newbury, Newburyport, Rowley, Salisbury, South Hampton, and West Newbury.
Address: The Market at the Jardis-Taylor Center, 194 Main St, Amesbury, MA
Hours: Wednesdays, 12 pm-3 pm; Thursdays, 3:00 pm-6:00 pm; Fridays, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and Saturdays, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Phone: 978-388- 1907

Emergency Hotline: 978-835-3016
Website: Our Neighbor’s Table Programs

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