Our Brown Bag: Food for Elders program provides a free bag of healthy groceries to eligible seniors once a month at local senior centers and community organizations. The food items are specifically selected to meet seniors’ special dietary requirements to help them stay healthy and active.

Eligibility

The Brown Bag program is for people over the age of 55 who meet certain income guidelines. If you qualify for SSI, Medicaid, Fuel Assistance, Veteran’s Aid or have a documented disability for which you receive SSDI , you probably qualify to receive Brown Bag monthly groceries.

Apply

Ways to apply:

  1. Call The Food Bank at (413) 247-9738 or 1-800-247-9632.
  2. Download a printable application (available in English or Spanish) and mail to:

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts

97 North Hatfield Road

P.O. Box 160                       

Hatfield, MA 01038

Monthly Distribution Locations

Berkshire County

Location Address Date Time Contact
Adams Visitor Center 3 Hoosac St. Adams 4th Fri 1 – 2pm (413)743-8333
Claire Teague Senior Center 917 South Main St. Great Barrington 2nd Weds 1 – 3pm (413)528-1881
Lenox Community Center 65 Walker St. Lenox 2nd Weds 11:30am – 12:30pm (413)637-5535
Mary Spitzer Center 116 Ashland St. North Adams 4th Fri 12:30 – 1:30pm (413)662-3125
Otis Town Hall 1 N Main Rd. Otis 3rd Fri 11am – 12pm
Ralph J. Froio Senior Center 330 North St. Pittsfield 4th Fri 10:30 – 11:30am (413)499-9346
Heaton Court 5 Pine St. Stockbridge 2nd Weds 11am – 12pm (413)298-4170

Franklin County

Location Address Date Time Contact
Athol Senior Center 82 Freedom St. Athol 3rd Weds 11:30am – 12pm (978)249-8986
Charlemont Senior Center 175 Main St. Charlemont 3rd Weds 12:30 – 1:00pm (413)339-5324
Deerfield Town Hall 8 Conway St. South Deerfield 1st Thurs 12:30 – 1:30pm (413)665-2141
Erving Senior Center 1 Care Dr. Erving 1st Thurs 10:30 – 11:30am (413)423-3649
Greenfield Senior Center 54 High St. Greenfield 1st Thurs 10 – 11am (413)772-1517
Montague Senior Center 62 5th St. Turners Falls 1st Thurs 10:30am – 12pm (413)863-9357
Northfield Town Hall 69 Main St. Northfield 1st Thurs 1 – 2pm (413)498-2901
Orange Senior Center 135 East Main St. Orange 3rd Weds 11am  – 12pm (978)544-1113
Shelburne Falls Senior Center 7 Main St. Shelburne Falls 3rd Weds 12 – 1pm (413)625-2502

Hampden County

Location Address Date Time Contact
Brimfield Senior Center 20 Main St. Brimfield Fri after 2nd Thurs 9am – 1pm (413)245-7253
Chester Town Hall 15 Middlefield Rd. Chester 3rd Fri 10:30 – 11:30am (413)354-7735
Chicopee Moose Family Center 244 Fuller Rd. Chicopee 3rd Tues 12 – 1pm (413)538-9020
McKinley House Community Room 38 Asinof Ave Chicopee 3rd Tues 12 – 1pm (413)594-1929
Granville 85 Sodom St. Granville Sat after 2nd Tues 9 – 11am (413)214-2686
Holyoke Council on Aging 291 Pine St. Holyoke 1st Fri 10 – 11am (413)322-5625
Indian Orchard Citizens Council 117 Main St. Indian Orchard 1st Fri 12 – 1pm (413)301-5213
Ludlow Senior Center 37 Chestnut St. Ludlow 3rd Tues 1 – 3pm (413)583-3564
Palmer Council on Aging 1029 Central St. Palmer 2nd Fri 10:30 – 11:30am (413)283-2670
Russell Town Hall 60 Main St. Russell 3rd Fri 10:30 – 11:30am (413)862-6202
Southwick Senior Center 458 College Hwy. Southwick 3rd Tues 10:30 – 11:30am (413)569-5498
Edgewater Apts. Community Room 101 Lowell St. Springfield 4th Tues 11am – 4pm (413)781-4941
Mason Square Senior Center 439 Union St. Springfield 3rd Thurs 11am – 12pm (413)733-3917
Mayflower Senior Center 1516 Sumner Ave Springfield 2nd Fri 12 – 1pm (413)782-4536
Riverview Senior Center 122 Clyde St. Springfield 4th Tues 12 – 1:30pm (413)739-7211
Dunbar Center 18 Saab Ct. Springfield 4th Tues 11:15am – 12:30pm (413)747-0127
Urban League 33 Oak St. Springfield 1st Fri 12 – 1pm (413)739-7211
St. John's Lutheran Church 60 Broad St. Westfield 2nd Tues 10:30 – 11:30am (413)562-6435

Hampshire County

Location Address Date Time Contact
Bangs Center 70 Boltwood Walk Amherst 1st Thurs 1:30 – 4:00pm (413)259-3060
Belchertown Senior Center 60 State St. Belchertown 2nd Fri 10:30 – 11:30am (413)323-0420
Chesterfield Senior Center 400 Main Rd. Chesterfield 2nd Thurs 11am – 12pm (413)296-4007
Easthampton Community Center 12 Clark St. Easthampton 1st Tues 10:30am – 12:30pm (413)527-5240
Granby Senior Center 10 West State St. Granby 3rd Tues 10:30am (413)467-3239
Hadley Senior Community Center 46 Middle St. Hadley 3rd Thurs 10 – 11am (413)586-4023
Hatfield Senior Center 59 Main St. Hatfield 1st Tues 10 – 11:30am (413)247-9003
Stanton Hall 26 Russell Rd. Huntington 3rd Fri 10 – 11:30am (413)667-3505
Northampton Senior Center 67 Conz St. Northampton 2nd Thurs 10 – 11am (413)587-1228
South Hadley Council on Aging 45 Dayton St. South Hadley 3rd Tues 10 – 11am (413)538-5042
Ware Senior Center 1 Robbins Rd. Ware 2nd Fri 11am – 12pm (413)967-9645
Williamsburg Senior Center 141 Main St. Haydenville 2nd Thurs 10 – 11:30am (413)268-8407

Call our Brown Bag department at (413) 247-9738 for additional information or assistance.

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