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Connecticut Food Bank Programs

The Connecticut Food Bank works through a network of food aid partners and programs including food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, residential programs and day programs serving adults and children. Last year, we distributed enough food to provide more than 21 million meals to people in the six Connecticut counties we serve. To find a program in your city or town use our program locator.

The Connecticut Food Bank also operates volunteer powered and donor funded programs that provide food aid directly to people in need. These flexible, mobile and measurable programs are often our most impactful and recognized.

Kids’ BackPack Program

Hunger and food insecurity affect the health and education of more than 127,000 Connecticut children. The Connecticut Food Bank Kids’ BackPack Program provides children with a backpack of nutritious food to help them learn and grow. For many vulnerable children, a constant in their challenging lives is the school nutrition program that provides school day meals five days a week. But what happens on the weekend? Thanks to the Connecticut Food Bank and our donors and volunteers, thousands of children in need are provided packages of nutritious food, discretely distributed in backpacks through their schools, for them to take home and bridge the weekend meal gap.

The Connecticut Food Bank currently serves more than 3,300 students from more than 100 schools. Among the towns with participating schools are Branford, Bridgeport, Chester, Clinton, Danbury, Deep River, Derby, East Haven, Essex, Meriden, Middletown, Moosup, New Haven, Norwalk, Old Saybrook, Plainfield, Putnam, Stratford, Stamford, Torrington, Trumbull, Waterbury, Westbrook, West Haven and Winchester.

Mobile Food Pantry




The Connecticut Food Bank Mobile Pantry helps address food deserts and transportation barriers that make it difficult for people who are food insecure to access the adequate nutrition they need. The Mobile Food Pantry has the agility to meet the changing needs in our communities.

The Connecticut Food Bank Mobile Pantry program currently schedules monthly distributions in Bethel, Branford, Bridgeport, Canaan, Clinton, Danbury, Derby, East Haven, Hamden, Meriden, Middletown, New Haven, New Milford, Old Saybrook, Plainfield, Portland, Putnam, Ridgefield, Southbury, Stamford, Torrington, Wallingford, Waterbury, Watertown, West Haven, Willimantic and Winsted. Pantry times vary by location and include morning, afternoon and evening times to accommodate as many schedules as possible. Find Mobile Pantry locations, times and dates by clicking here.

If your organization is interested in hosting a Mobile Pantry site, contact Cristhian Herrera, Programs Manager, at 203-741-9081, or send him an email.

GROW! Up With Good Nutrition

The Connecticut Food Bank GROW! Up With Good Nutrition program provides highly nutritious food for low-income households with children enrolled in early childhood, pre-school daycare, Head Start programs and elementary schools.

The special GROW! (Grocery On Wheels) Truck serves as a healthy food pantry on wheels. The customized vehicle is equipped with refrigerated cases and special shelving to stock food items such as fresh fruit and vegetables, low-fat dairy products, meat, fish and other healthy proteins, along with healthy foods like brown rice and whole-grain products.

Families participating in the program may attend a brief workshop on healthy eating or financial literacy, such as “Fruits & Veggies: Half Your Plate,” “Go Lean With Protein” and “Plan, Shop, $ave” before they pick up their food. Children and their parents then board the GROW! Truck where they select healthy food items and receive information on how to prepare foods that may be unfamiliar to them.

The GROW! Up with Good Nutrition initiative is made possible through a grant from Our Family Foundation by Stop & Shop.

If you are interested in hosting the GROW! Truck at your early childhood program or elementary school, contact Huwerl Thornton, Youth Programs Coordinator, at (203) 741-9065, or send him an email.

Commodity Supplemental Food Program

The Connecticut Food Bank provides an additional food resource to improve the health of low-income senior citizens through the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP). This federally funded program supplements senior diets with nutritious USDA-recommended commodity foods.

Distributions are currently taking place at 15 Connecticut Food Bank partner programs. Applicants are required to be Connecticut residents and meet federal income guidelines.

Participants in the program receive a food box each month consisting of staple foods, which include pasta, cereal, rice, canned fruit, canned vegetables and canned meat.

Nationally in 2013, 579,000 senior citizens received a food package through the program each month.

To learn more about the program, contact Cristhian Herrera, Program Coordinator, at (203) 741-9081, or send him an email.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture also prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (state or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

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For any other information dealing with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) issues, persons should either contact the USDA SNAP Hotline Number at (800) 221-5689, which is also in Spanish or call the State Information/Hotline Numbers (click the link for a listing of hotline numbers by State); found online at:

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