Local families in need of food during the COVID-19 crisis: The Mary Lyon Foundation has been working with school leadership to be sure families have enough food during this time. We sincerely thank all who have generously contributed funds and helped with recent food distributions. Going forward, leadership has determined that the local food pantries are much better equipped to disburse food and have a wider variety (including meat and produce) available. The food pantries have relaxed their eligibility rules so that anyone who drives through will get food simply by giving their name and family size. See the updated flyer here (note that times have changed for the Greenfield and Shelburne Pantries).

The food distribution schedule that was posted last week should be replaced with this updated information about the local food pantries.


The Mary Lyon Foundation is inspired by and takes its name from western Massachusetts native, Mary Lyon—a 19th century pioneer in women’s education and advocate for opportunity and quality education for all.

It is with great pride that the organization recently celebrated its 28th year of providing educational programs, events, and services to the hilltown communities. We will continue to identify the needs of our schools, and actively find ways to create and fund programs to assist in those needs.

The Mary Lyon Foundation Inc. was established in 1990 and incorporated on March 8, 1991. It is a community based 501(c)3 non-profit organization, supporting all aspects of quality education in the towns of Ashfield, Buckland, Charlemont, Colrain, Hawley, Heath, Plainfield, Rowe, and Shelburne.

Please consider including the Mary Lyon Foundation in your estate plans. Contact us here.