HCC is continuing to protect our community by teaching, learning, and working remotely – and we've still got your back. Visit hcc.edu/remote for support and resources.

Student Life

Thrive Center

Based on the recommendations of the CDC and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, HCC is limiting campus foot traffic in order to keep our community healthy — but we're still available to help you!

  • The Food Pantry is offering food pickup BY APPOINTMENT ONLY from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Monday – Friday at the bus circle. (If coming to campus is not an option for you, please contact Thrive to discuss possible alternatives.)
  • To schedule an appointment for a food pickup, email thrive@hcc.edu or call 413.552.2783
  • Got questions? Contact us at thrive@hcc.edu or 413.552.2783. If you leave a voicemail, please speak slowly and leave your name, phone number, or email address, and we'll respond to you within 24 hours or the next business day.
  • HCC students can also access the food pantry at the Easthampton Community Center for non-perishables, meat and produce, and gluten-free items. Hours of operation are Mondays and Wednesdays 9 a.m. – 12 noon and 4 – 7 p.m. at the Easthampton Community Center, 12 Clark St., Easthampton, MA.

Remember to check hcc.edu/coronavirus regularly to stay informed. If you have any questions regarding COVID-19 and HCC's response, please email us at coronavirus@hcc.edu. Thank you for your understanding and patience during this time of transition.

remote resources

Are you dealing with homelessness or legal issues? Are you struggling with food insecurity? Do you think you qualify for SNAP or MassHealth benefits? Need help balancing your budget? Have questions about managing your credit? 

The Thrive Center will help you create a plan that will get you closer to achieving your goals and building a more stable future.

what we do
  • Access to the HCC Food Pantry
  • SNAP (food assistance) and MassHealth applications
  • Financial coaching
  • Credit repair
  • Referrals to the HCC Career Closet, housing, legal aid, and free tax prep
  • And more!

"Maybe I'm not alone"

Single parent Bianca Thomas's credit issues were preventing her from getting stable housing. Thrive helped her repair her credit and find a safe, permanent place to live.

"I didn't want to be a burden"

Joshua Haining is living with his aunt and uncle, and contributes to the household by using SNAP benefits to buy the family's groceries.

"They helped me breathe again"

After falling behind on medical bills, Gia Mendez was facing eviction. Thrive connected her with a program that covered her arrears, and four additional months of rent.

"It's hard to focus when you're hungry"

Full-time student Rae utilizes Thrive's food pantry to bridge the gap between food stamps running out and the next payday. 

"I was falling through the cracks"

Non-traditional student Jeff Luckern needed a place to live following incarceration. Learn how Thrive helped him secure housing and an internship in his field of study.

"It's not that you can't learn"

Hunger was making it hard for Frances to focus on her schoolwork. Thanks to food stamps and the HCC food pantry (located in Thrive), she was able to improve her grades.

"It's a huge weight off my shoulders"

Rodrigo Valdiviezo Salazr was couch-hopping until Thrive found him a stable apartment, where he'll live until he transfers to a four-year college in pursuit of his bachelors and then masters degree.