Food Resources / Recursos de Comida
Foodshare, a regional foodbank, is extending its free drive-through food distribution operation at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, which was launched to help families in Hartford and Tolland counties during the COVID-19 pandemic. Foodshare said it will continue the drive-thru at Rentschler Field, 615 Silver Lane, East Hartford, CT 06118, through May 29 from 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM, Weekdays.
Click for Coronavirus Resources from Foodshare
Local Grab & Go Food Distributions:
- Mobile outdoor pantry-on-wheels:
- Mobile Foodshare (Hartford & Tolland Counties)-text FOODSHARE to 85511 or go to www.foodshare.org/mobile
- CT Foodbank Mobile Pantry (Remainder of CT) -www.ctfoodbank.org/get-help/connecticut-food-banks-mobile-pantry-schedule/
- To find a food pantry, community kitchen anywhere in CT, call 2-1-1 or go to www.211ct.org
Foodshare’s Drive-thru Food Distribution:
- OPEN Weekdays - Monday, May 11 through Friday, May 29;
- CLOSED on Memorial Day, May 25;
- Distribution times: 8:30 am – 12:00 noon;
- Distribution address: 615 Silver Lane, East Hartford, CT 06118 – gates will close at Noon
- One allocation of food per car to ensure that we have enough food for everyone.
- Reduce food waste in Greater Hartford thru Foodshare – MealConnect
- Various assignments across Greater Hartford thru Foodshare – please visit www.foodshare.org
- Various assignments in remainder of CT thru CT Food Bank – please visit www.ctfoodbank.org
Emergency School Meals during School Closure:
- Some school districts are continuing to provide meal service during extended school closures due to COVID-19. The response varies by town, so we encourage families to contact their school district directly to find out if and how student meals will be offered while school is out.
- Town listings from CT State Department of Education:
- Foodshare’s SNAP Outreach program is still running. As a precaution, we have temporarily suspended our in-person outreach, and are offering applications by phone so that our clients don’t need to go out to get help applying.
- Call Foodshare’s SNAP Outreach Team at 860-286-9999 ext. 104 to schedule an appointment at a convenient time to complete an application over the phone. The application takes about 30 minutes.
- Or apply online at DSS application site – www.connect.ct.gov, go to Apply For Benefits
Other Community Resources:
- Free Virtual VITA (Tax Assistance) from HRA
- Free Virtual Financial Coaching from the United Way
- Free Virtual Nutrition & Exercises from Univ. of Saint Joseph’s SNAP-Ed
- Coronavirus Health & Wellness Resources from Hartford Healthcare
- When it Builds Up, Talk it Out campaign from CT Dept. of Children & Families and United Way
Mon – Fri from 8 am to 8 pm and weekends from 1 pm to 8 pm in both English and Spanish.
Parents and caregivers who need someone to listen, to understand and to talk your feelings out with can connect with trained professionals by dialing (833) 258-5011 or by visiting www.talkitoutct.com.
- Red Cross has an Urgent Request for Blood Donations
Precautions are in place to protect donors and their staff. Click to make Appointment in Advance.
MACC Continues to Operate
Daily bagged lunches provided Monday – Saturday 11:30 am – 12:45 pm; one per person and no one can stay on the MACC Campus.
The Salvation Army is passing out bagged lunches on the remaining Sundays in May at 12:45 pm.
Call 860-647-8003 x31 for pantry appointments or other immediate needs.
Donations of food, clothing, financial gifts and other basic need items can be dropped off at: 460 Main Street (pantry) Mon.–Thurs. 9am–4pm and Friday 9am–2pm. Always in need of Fresh meat , Fresh Produce, Jelly, Mayonnaise, Toiletries (adult and child) shampoos, body wash, deodorants, Sugar, Baking mixes, Pork and beans, Baked brown beans, Gluten free foods, Feminine Products, Egg cartons, Paper Bags.
More information on our website: https://macc-ct.org/
MACC’s essential food services will continue, following all social health & safety guidelines to protect our guests, volunteers, staff and community.
Food Resources (for COVID and beyond)
Community Wide Emergency Meal Programs:
Food pantries by Town:
Home delivered meals for adults that are homebound (enter your zip code):
Community Café search for older adults (enter your zip code):
Find Social services in your town (enter your zip code):
Connections That Matter (find free or low cost services by entering your zip code):
Search on 211 for all food related categories (enter your zip code):
Helpful search categories on 211
Go to https://www.211ct.org/ and enter the following into the “search services or programs” area and your town.
- Commodity Supplemental Food Program
- Food Pantries
- Congregate Meals/Nutrition Sites
- Home Delivered Meals
- Soup Kitchens
- Summer Food Service Programs
- Food stamps/SNAP