This page will be updated as more information becomes available.

We are continuing to provide food through this crisis.

As of Friday, March 27, 2020, pantry based distribution at our 101 Meadow Street location remains suspended until further notice. However, we are still working to provide food through other methods.

If you are at risk of running out of food you may request a no-contact food drop by clicking here. Spaces are limited and are first come first served.

-In order to ensure that we can help as many families as possible, food drops will be limited to one per requester/household per month.

-Food boxes will be pre-packed. While you may identify dietary restrictions or specific needs (e.g. infant food), please understand that we may be unable to customize food boxes.

-A volunteer will leave the box outside your home during the specified window of time. We cannot guarantee a specific drop off time. In order to ensure we can complete our food drop please DO NOT approach our delivery volunteer.

We will be serving a grab-and-go meal this Saturday!

We are supporting a local restaurant by buying grab-and-go meals to distribute to those in need.

Saturday, March 28 from 5:00-6:00 pm

Church of the Atonement parking lot at 36 Court Street, Westfield (Please enter from Pleasant Street.)

This meal is open to the public, and there are no age restrictions! We are begging you to observe social distancing, and be patient. We are happy to serve you, but we need your cooperation.

As of Saturday, March 21, 2020, The Westfield Food Pantry has made the very difficult decision to close distribution at our 101 Meadow Street location the week of March 23-27 due to growing concerns over client and volunteer safety.

During this time we will be assessing how we can continue to feed local families without jeopardizing the health and safety or our staff and volunteers, our vulnerable clients, or the community as a whole. We will also be closely monitoring the situation in Massachusetts and any further recommendations or directives from the Governor or public health officials. We will reassess the situation at the end of the week and make a decision for the following week.

While we can not safely continue open distribution at this time, we are committed to doing everything we can to help families access food during this crisis. During the week of March 23-27 we will be piloting a food drop program for households with an immediate need for food. If you are at risk of running out of food we want to work with you to arrange a no-contact food drop.

If you have a need or have questions please contact Rebecca Hart directly at director@westfieldfoodpantry.org

As of Wednesday, March 18, we will be reducing our operating hours in order to decrease potential exposure to volunteers and clients. We will be open Monday and Friday from 10:00-11:30. Boxes/bags will be pre-packed and can be picked up from the driveway.

With the local schools closed for at least three weeks and many families facing lost income we are anticipating significantly increased need for food assistance. We are committed to feeding our neighbors. During these difficult and unprecedented times, we will be changing our service delivery to better serve the community. We are working on providing more prepared meals and hope to have updates in the coming days. If you have a need, you can reach Rebecca Hart directly at director@westfieldfoodpantry.org.

As of Friday, March 13, in order to protect the health and safety of the vulnerable populations we serve, our staff and volunteers, and the community at large, we have made some changes to the way we distribute food. To reduce the need for people to gather in large groups or come into contact with surfaces, we will be suspending our normal sign-in procedures, switching to fully pre-prepared food boxes, and bringing boxes out to clients waiting in the driveway. Anyone who is feeling unwell or has signs of illness is asked not to visit the pantry; a family member, friend, neighbor or other support may pick up food on behalf of the client. We appreciate your understanding as we work to minimize potential exposure while ensuring that food assistance remains available to families in need.

How can you help?

The coronavirus is known to be highly contagious. If you want to help we ask that you make a monetary donation to the Pantry rather than one of food due to the ease with which the virus is transmitted on objects.

Donations will help us to purchase additional discounted bulk food and cover the cost of expanded operations. Donations can be made online by clicking the "Donate Now" button or by mailing a check to Westfield Food Pantry, 101 Meadow Street, Westfield, MA 01085.

If you have questions please contact Rebecca Hart at director@westfieldfoodpantry.org.

Elizabeth Eastman