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If you or someone you know is struggling to make ends meet, there are many resources available to help. Foodshare partners with community programs throughout Hartford and Tolland counties to ensure that our neighbors who are experiencing hunger have access to the help they need. Select from the options below to get connected today!

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Summer Drive-Thru Distributions

Norwich:
Mondays • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Parking lot across from Pistol Pete’s Bar and Grill
28 Stonington Road, Norwich, CT 06360

East Hartford:
Tuesdays • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Old Showcase Cinema
936 Silver Lane, East Hartford, CT 06118

Norwalk:
Wednesdays (Closed 9/8) • 8:30 AM - 11:30 PM
Veteran's Memorial Park
42 Seaview Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06855

West Haven:
Thursdays • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Vertical Church
225 Meloy Road, West Haven, CT 06516

Bristol:
Thursday 9/16 & 9/30 • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
95 Vincent P Kelly Road, Bristol, CT 06010

Bridgeport:
Saturdays (Closed 9/4) • 7:45 AM - 10:30 AM
1316 Barnum Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06610

Putnam:
Saturdays 9/11 & 9/25 • 9:00 AM - 7:45 PM
Putnam Elementary School
33 Wicker Street, Putnam, CT 06260

Danbury:
Saturdays (Closed 9/4)• 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Danbury High School
43 Clapboard Ridge Road, Danbury, CT 06811

Winsted:
Saturday 9/18 • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Old Bank of America
44 Elm Street, Winsted, CT 06098

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Foodshare trucks bring free food to over 60 outdoor locations. This program is open to anyone in Hartford and Tolland counties who needs food with no question asked and no ID required. You will receive a variety of food, most of it fresh including produce. Some locations offer a drive-through option, others are walk-up, but the line moves quickly. One allotment of food is given to each person 16 years or older at each site, even if you are picking up for someone else. You can visit as many Mobile Foodshare sites as you need to. For everyone’s safety masks are required and social distancing is enforced. You do not need to prove citizenship in order to get food. You do not need to demonstrate proof of income in order to get food.

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There are food pantries in almost every town. Once you contact 2-1-1 to identify the pantry you want to visit, call the pantry directly to confirm their hours and see if you need an appointment. When you visit the pantry, they will likely ask you basic questions, like family size, to understand your needs. Most pantries provide a variety of fresh and non-perishable food. Some will ask you to wait in line and others offer a drive-through option. It is okay to visit more than one pantry. Masks and social distancing are required. You do not need to prove citizenship in order to get food. You can have paid employment and still get food. You can get food at a pantry whether or not you already receive SNAP.

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SNAP benefits are used at the grocery store to buy food and are accessible using a debit-type card. To see if you qualify, apply online through the Connecticut Department of Social Services, or call Foodshare and we will help with your application.

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2-1-1 is your one-stop connection to the local services, from utility assistance, food, housing, child care, after school programs, elder care, and much more. Simply dial 2-1-1 or search online. They are open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

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Most towns have a social services department that can help you access food and other programs in a confidential manner. Many schools offer meals for children ages 18 and under. Contact your local school district for more information.

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