No food distribution on Friday, February 25, 2022
Due to the forecast of icy inclement weather, the Cameron Center will be closed on Friday, February 25, 2022, and therefore no food distribution will take place. Normal Food distribution will resume next week at the normal times of Wednesday, 6:00 - 8:00 PM and Friday 9:00 - 11:00 AM. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but as always, safety is our first concern.
SNAP households who lost food due to storm power outages are eligible for replacement benefits
If you lost food you purchased with SNAP benefits due to a power outage, you are eligible for SNAP benefit replacement.
SNAP households who lost power for more than four hours and as a result had to toss food unsafe to eat can request SNAP replacement benefits for the value of the food lost that was purchased with SNAP - up to their monthly SNAP (including Emergency Allotments). The household has to report the loss to DTA within 10 days of the loss. A household can report the loss a number of ways. Call the DTA Assistance Line at 877-382-2363: Either via automated prompts (after selecting a language, press 5 and then 1) or by reaching a worker and verbally reporting the loss of food; send in a written note though DTAConnect. Be sure to select the “misfortune” verification category to flag the report for DTA. If doing this option, follow the guidance for a self-declaration; and visit a local DTA office (make sure to check if the DTA office is open).
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WHO WE SERVE
The Westford Food Pantry provides services for individuals and families in the local community and surrounding towns with emergency, short and long-term needs for quality fresh and dry foods along with personal care and household items.
WHO WE ARE
We are a 501(c) (3) tax exempt volunteer run organization that is open multiple times per week at varying hours to best serve the community. We accept year round tax deductible donations from our generous community members including churches, schools, civic organizations and businesses. Our partnership with Merrimack Valley Food Bank enables us to obtain fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy and proteins several times per month.
The Westford Food Pantry welcomes those in need, no matter their situation. Assistance is offered to individuals and families without any discrimination based on race, religion, creed, or country of origin.
We are generously supported by schools, businesses, civic organizations and through personal food drives and monetary donations. Your support is appreciated!
Learn about current news regarding the food pantry, upcoming food drives, community events and updates to our hours of operation.
The Westford Food Pantry is located at:
Cameron Senior Center
20 Pleasant Street Westford, MA 01886.
Contact us Info@westfordfoodpantry.com
Financial Assistance Resources
https://www.mass.gov/orgs/department-of-unemployment-assistance has updates and links to all covid-19 specific unemployment benefits and how to apply. As direction comes from the Federal Government, it will be added, so keep checking this site.
Housing and Homelessness prevention assistance:
www.mass.gov/CovidHousingHelp this has the updated protections offered under new legislation re: housing and prevention of housing loss amidst the Covid-19 crisis.
www.commteam.org/covid-erma this has information on emergency rental and mortgage assistance that is administered through Community Teamwork Inc. CTI Hotline 978-654-5607.
LIHEAP (winter heating assistance):
call Community Teamwork at 978-459-6161 to schedule a phone application appointment or go to https://www.commteam.org/how-we-help/housing-utilities/liheap/ to schedule your appointment online.
SNAP (food assistance), Transitional Assistance (cash benefits) information:
https://www.mass.gov/info-details/dta-covid-19-frequently-asked-questions this has updated information about qualifying for SNAP and TAFDC and how to apply by phone or DTAconnect while offices are closed.
WESTFORD RESIDENTS….IF you need assistance accessing any of these resources or need support in Westford, call Alison Christopher, LICSW, Social Worker at 978-399-2325.