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Connecticut Food Bank Programs

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 nearly 22.5 million meals to people in Fairfield, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London, and Windham counties. To find a program in your city or town use our program locator.

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.

Child Hunger Impact Program (CHIP)


Hunger and food insecurity affect the health and education of more than 115,000 Connecticut children.

Connecticut Food Bank CHIP seeks to ensure children and households have access to a reliable, monthly resource of fresh produce, healthful grains, dairy products, and proteins. We are reaching into the schools to help ease food insecurity for the entire household and help children arrive at school healthy, happy, and ready to learn.

Connecticut Food Bank CHIP programs operate in communities across the Connecticut Food Bank service area. The program has three modes to serve communities with differing levels of need and infrastructure. Mobile Farmers Markets operate monthly, delivering a shopping experience that offers food to the community on a regularly scheduled basis. School-based food pantries will operate with a school site becoming a Connecticut Food Bank member agency and distributing food at times that work for the school community. In areas where Connecticut Food Bank partners and programs already provide strong coverage, school families will find a referral system that ensures their access to sources of nutritious food.

Mobile Food Pantry

 

 

 

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.

Connecticut Food Bank Mobile Pantry operates in communities throughout Fairfield, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, and Windham counties. 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


The Connecticut Food Bank GROW 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 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


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.

Participating seniors must 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.

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

This institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex and in some cases religion or political beliefs.

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: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, 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:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

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: http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/contact_info/hotlines.htm.

To file a complaint of discrimination regarding a program receiving Federal financial assistance through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), write: HHS Director, Office for Civil Rights, Room 515-F, 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20201 or call (202) 619-0403 (voice) or (800) 537-7697 (TTY).

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.