Help Locating Food Resources
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 Support Services Referral Form to submit your request.
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 Closets on both campuses
- Free Monthly Farmer’s Market
- Smart Meals
- Pop-Up Peanut Butter and Jelly Stations
- SNAP Benefits Application Assistance
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 nonfinancial criteria.
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
Website: Lawrence WIC
Community Action – Amesbury, Haverhill, Gloucester, Beverly
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
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
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
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.
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
Address: 242 Hampshire Street Lawrence, MA
Hours: Wednesdays 9 am-2 pm
Evening Bagged Lunch
Address: 48 Holly Street, Lawrence, MA
Hours: 7 days a week from 8 pm-10 pm
Website: Lazarus House Nourishment-Food
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
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
Don’t miss the next NECC Virtual Town Hall on Remote Learning Success with Academic Coaching and Tutoring on Friday, April 10 at 12:30 on Zoom.
We’re here to help. Contact us if you have questions.
Janel D’Agata-Lynch, MSW
Gabriel Garcia, LMHC