Veterans’ Services & Other Resources
Veterans’ Services at the Senior Center
The Upper Pioneer Valley Veterans’ Services District holds office hours at the Senior Center the first and third Tuesday of every month, from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM. This service is open to all. Call them at (413) 772-1571 to make an appointment.
Other Local Veterans' Services
Community Legal Aid serves veterans of Western and Central Massachusetts and provideS legal assistance to vets and their families on topics such as: housing, veteran-sepcific benefits, family law and discharge status issues. Their Franklin County location is at 55 Federal Street, Greenfield. Call (855) 252-5342 for more information.
Food & Clothing Assistance
Brown Bag: The program is a bag of groceries for low-income adults who are age 55+ (or younger with a documented disability) and is distributed on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at the Center from 2-3:30 p.m. To apply, call the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts at 1-800-247-9632 or you can contact Leanne at The Senior Center for help with the application.
The West County Food Pantry is located at Cowell Gym in Shelburne is open the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Wednesdays from 11-4 p.m. and now functions as a drive through pantry. Follow the signs to the back of the building where you will be given pre-packaged bags of groceries based on your family size. Call Community Action at 773-5029 ext. 2 for more information.
Community Meal at Trinity Church: The West County Community Meal at Trinity Church is back up and running! A hot nutritious meal is served every Friday night 5:30-6 p.m. During the pandemic meals are being served outside the front door of the church at 17 Severance Street. It is a to-go drive up meal and as always, all are welcome including walkers with no reservation needed. Donations are accepted but not expected! Questions? Call 413-625-2341.
For those who are interested in low or no cost tax preparation here are some options:
Community Action at 393 Main Street, Greenfield offers the VITA Free Tax Assistance Program for simple tax returns. The income limit to qualify for this assistance is $24,280 for a single household or $32,920 for married, filing jointly. Please call Community Action at 413-376-1136 to make your appointment as the slots tend to fill up quickly.
Liberty Tax at 145 Federal Street, Greenfield. Liberty has up to 75% off for preparation of tax returns for seniors over 65 years throughout tax season. Call 413-223-6595 to schedule an appointment.
LifePath Social Services
In addition to SHINE, LifePath, Inc. in Greenfield offers assistance with home health care, benefits, fuel assistance, money management, and legal assistance. Call them at 413-773-5555.