Since 1980, the Franklin Area Survival Center's core mission has been to reduce food insecurity in Franklin County, Massachusetts. In pursuit of that goal we currently operate a Food Pantry and Thrift store in Turners Falls.
The thrift shop is open to the general public and helps finance our food pantry. In an emergency, such as a fire or flood, the center will supply needed clothing and linens, free of charge, also additional food, to help the victims of a disaster. We have many contributors from the Franklin area community - See the list
If you feel that you need the services provided by the Survival Center, you will need to come in to determine income eligibility. You will need a form of identification, proof of income (Disability, AFDC, etc.), proof of life expenses (rent, utilities, etc.). If you have any questions, please call the center and ask to speak to intake and they will explain the process to you.
Please do not hesitate to call us (863-9549) if you are not able to provide proof, we can help you temporarily until you are able to locate the needed info. We do not let anyone go hungry! Only eligible clients are entitled to come into the pantry and get bread, sweets or other special items on the front shelves or in the cooler.
Please abide by the signs that are posted. If we are low, we will lower that amount allowed per person. We strive for all to get something, so that no one is hungry. Please visit the Survival Center's Food Pantry during the hours of 10:00-1:30 to sign up for help.