Center for Self-Reliance Food Pantry moves to Federal Street School

  • The Center for Self-Reliance Food Pantry, pictured at its usual 3 Osgood St. location, is temporarily operating out of the cafeteria at Federal Street School. STAFF File PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Staff Report
Published: 4/23/2020 1:30:17 PM

GREENFIELD — Community Action’s Center for Self-Reliance Food Pantry is temporarily operating out of the cafeteria at Federal Street School in an effort to increase capacity while upholding social distancing practices.

The food pantry, which is ordinarily located at 3 Osgood St., has also transitioned food distribution from a grocery store-like experience to pre-bagged groceries with curbside pick-up, according to a Community Action press release. In addition to meat, dairy and produce, the food pantry is distributing diapers and formula to families with young children.

“We are grateful to the city and school district for their quick response and for sharing their space with us,” said Center for Self-Reliance Coordinator Justin Costa. “This move will provide a safer and more efficient space for our team and participants.”

The Center for Self-Reliance, a program of the antipoverty agency Community Action Pioneer Valley, serves between 1,400 and 1,500 people per month. The Center for Self-Reliance operates with only three staff members, according to the release.

“We are determined to uphold our commitment to providing basic needs during a time when food-insecure families are the most vulnerable” said Jessye Deane, Community Action’s director of communications and development. “Our work has never been more crucial.”

The Center for Self-Reliance Food Pantry — now at Federal Street School — is open every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a satellite location at 51 Maple St. in Shelburne Falls operating from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the second, third and fourth Wednesdays of the month. Those in need of food can call 413-773-5029 to speak with staff.

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