Open Pantry's Emergency Food Pantry (EFP) has been providing non-perishable groceries for people in need since 1975. Both individuals and families in the Springfield area come to the EFP on an emergency basis.
From July 2013 – June 2014, the staff performed 15,588 service visits which in turn provided non-perishable food to
36,303 people, half of whom were children.
Families comprise 48% of the people served and nearly 50% of all the food distributed is for children. Recipients may use this service up to six times a year. This number was increased from four to help meet the increasing needs of our community. Senior recipients may access the service 12 times a year.
We have a special program specifically for seniors. The Senior Food Choice program is a program designed for seniors to shop exclusively on the 3rd Monday of each month at our Emergency Food Pantry. Senior Day offers Seniors the opportunity to choose their own food in a dignified grocery store like setting. Seniors are assisted by a staff member or volunteer who assists them with selecting their groceries, pushing their carts and helping with any questions they may have.
Staff members at EFP complete an intake process with each recipient. This process not only allows EFP staff to report on existing needs, but it also creates an opportunity to refer people to other essential services. Additionally, we assist with applications for SNAP benefits (no long called food stamps). We also have advocacy services for those who are having difficulties getting or accessing their SNAP benefits.
EFP is located at 2460 Main Street in Suite 108 & 108B in the Plaza Del Mercado in Springfield. Hours of operation are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Emergency Food Pantry
2460 Main Street
Ph: (413) 737-5353
Fax: (413) 737-4440
Contact: Candace Larger, Program Director