Food and Nutrition Resources
Home Delivered Meals: Individuals who are homebound can click here to see if there is a program in their area that provides home delivered meals. Individuals should review the eligibility criteria listed for each program, as many have specific requirements such as age, disability, or residency. Also, the Elderly Nutrition Program that typically provides meals to individuals age 60 and older in community cafe settings, may also provide home delivered meals. To locate a community cafe program for older adults and inquire about home delivery, click here, enter your zip code or town. Individuals who aren’t homebound, but want to promote social distancing, may want to pursue the delivery and/or curbside pick-up options through the major grocery and big box retailers like Stop & Shop, Walmart, Target, and others.
Food Distribution: Individuals struggling to afford groceries can obtain free food items from local food pantries. Soup kitchens, which typically provide meals at no-cost, are mostly providing grab-and-go food options during this time and can also be a good option for those who need grocery items. To find a food pantry or soup kitchen, click here and enter the zip code or town where you are seeking help. Note: Please call ahead to confirm hours as many programs have modified hours due to COVID-19. Food is also distributed by the state’s two food banks via a mobile truck at various locations across the state:
- Mobile Foodshare: A pantry-on-wheels that brings fresh produce and other food to community sites throughout Hartford and Tolland counties. The schedule can be viewed here. Individuals can also call 860-856-4321 for the schedule or text FOODSHARE to 85511.
- CT Food Bank: Mobile food pantry schedule can be viewed here.
School Meals: Many school districts are continuing to provide meal service during extended school closures due to COVID-19. Visit the State Department of Education (SDE) (https://portal.ct.gov/sde) and use the links in the banner to determine which districts are providing food just to students and which are providing emergency meals for the community. For more information and links to view the distribution sites for some of the larger cities and towns, click here.
Benefit Programs: Nutrition programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP/Food Stamps) and the Women, Infant and Children’s Program (WIC) provide eligible individuals and families with money to purchase food. Unsure if you are eligible for SNAP or WIC? Complete the 2-1-1 Navigator at http://www.211navigator.com/. SNAP applications are processed by the Department of Social Services (DSS). The DSS field offices are currently closed to the public, but individuals can apply for SNAP online at connect.ct.gov and can also receive assistance applying by contacting End Hunger CT! at 866-974-7627. To apply for WIC, click here to find a program in your area and call to see how they are handling applications during the pandemic.
Other Options: Town social service departments are a good option for individuals who can’t locate a program or service to meet their food needs. To find the contact information for social services in your town, click here, enter your zip code or town,