Non-profit as well as town run food banks provide assistance to families across Litchfield County. The locations distribute items such as free groceries, clothing, holiday meals, and boxes of food. While the terms and conditions of each pantry will vary, in general they do focus on assisting low income families with children or a senior member of the home.
Many of the food banks, in particular the town run locations, will also be able to help residents of the community apply for government aid. Some of the most common ones in the region include WIC vouchers (or the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children) as well as SNAP food stamps. Some of the pantries may also have limited amounts of financial aid for certain living expenses.
Another service often provided will be free holiday meals. This may be a turkey at Thanksgiving or the Litchfield County food banks may offer Christmas meals or gifts. A few of the main distribution centers in the county are below.
Town run food pantries
There are several in the county. They can often help in an emergency, and support is for families in a crisis. They may have non-perishable, canned goods, formula, fruits, and the like. Call a local town, or some of the main ones are below.
-Town of Litchfield, 80 Doyle Road, Bantam, CT, 06750, dial 860-567-7564
-Town Of Morris office is at the Town Hall, Morris, CT 06763. Call (860) 567-7430.
-Town of Bethlehem. Location is 36 Main Street South, Bethlehem, Connecticut 06751. Telephone number is (203) 266-7677.
-Town Of Cornwall and Social Services office - 26 Pine Street, Cornwall, CT 06753. This pantry and town number is (860) 672-2603.
-Town Of Watertown food bank is run by Social Services. The address is Depot Square Mall, Watertown, CT 06795. Call (860) 945-5252.
-Plymouth Community Food Pantry - 20 Dewey Avenue, Terryville, Connecticut 06786. Dial (860) 584-1750.
If a municipality is not listed above, then call the town you live in for more information or to see if they offer this resource.
Friendly Hands Food Bank
50 King Street
Torrington, CT, 06790
The food pantry is open 5 days per week. It covers residents of Harwinton, Litchfield, Goshen, Morris, Bantam, Northfield and Torrington.
Fish Of Northwestern Connecticut
Location is 332 South Main Street
Torrington, Connecticut, 06790
Main phone - 860-482-7300
Up to 3 days worth of free food is given. There are also programs for the elderly and children in the region. Proof if income is required.
Salvation Army - Northwest Hills (Torrington) Corps Community Center
234 Oak Avenue
Torrington, CT, 06790
A food pantry is available. Other programs include free Christmas meal and gifts from Angel tree. There may also be shelter as well as financial aid for certain bills or housing costs.
Winsted United Methodist Church Thrift Shop And Food Pantry
630 Main Street
Winsted Connecticut 06098
Phone – 860-379-6386
Resources include a thrift store, boxes of food, clothing for winter, and household goods.
Hands of Grace
8 Wickett Street
Pine Meadow, CT, 06061
Connecticut Humane Society
Address is 701B Russell Road
Newington, Connecticut, 06111-1593
The non-profit offers free pet food, meals, and related supplies to low-income pet owners.
Connecticut Food Bank Mobile Pantry
Call 203-469-5000 for location
The non-profit pantry is for qualified low income families and the working poor in Litchfield County. The coverage area is Branford, Danbury, Derby, East Haven, Hamden, Meriden, Middletown, Old Saybrook, Plainfield, Portland, Putnam, Ridgefield, Southbury, Torrington, Waterbury, Wallingford, Watertown, West Haven, Willimantic and Winsted.
For more information or referrals, dial 860.286.9999. Everything from free meals to home delivery service for seniors is available. There are other pantries in the community for the low income to turn to for help.
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