Hands On Hartford Friends and Family
We know that the issue of hunger is big, but thankfully, our community is bigger. Please step up to the plate and help make an impact on hunger in Greater Hartford by donating to the 36th Annual Foodshare Walk Against Hunger.
We work with tenants, clients and guests to be sure they have enough nutritious food to eat; have safe, stable and affordable housing; are receiving good health care; and are able to access other benefits and resources necessary to enable them to live happy and productive lives. We work with volunteers and members of the community to educate them about issues of poverty and empower them to make a difference. At our Center for Community, we emphasize and celebrate the commonalities among our entire community, connecting people from all walks of life, remembering that everyone has something to give as well as receive, and that we are all lifted up when we treat others and are treated with dignity and respect.
Your support of Hands On Hartford makes an immediate impact on the lives of our Hartford neighbors.
Our MANNA Community Pantry and Neighborhood Services includes a shopping model pantry providing groceries, including fresh produce, milk and eggs, along with utility and security deposit assistance, health screenings, and help accessing other services, to around 600 families each month. Produce is also supplied through our Kitchen-to-Pantry initiative, where volunteers wash, chop and package fresh produce donated or obtained from Foodshare. We also offer Halal meat through the pantry, so that we can assist those who keep a Halal diet.
The weekend Backpack Nutrition Program provides backpacks full of nutritious, kid-friendly food to about 229 children in 8 Hartford schools every Friday of the school year, so kids who rely on school breakfast and lunch will have enough to eat on the weekends. In addition to 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches, we add fresh fruit twice a month, and family resource materials, school supplies, etc. on a weekly basis.
At Community Meals, we offer a safe and welcoming day program and hot meals Mondays through Thursdays, along with computer and telephone access, cold weather clothing and toiletries, health screenings, and assistance obtaining birth certificates. Meals include healthy fruits and vegetables and are served at the table, and guests are welcomed with courtesy and without judgment. Community meals are also served on seven major holidays throughout the year.
Thank you for supporting this work!