Food Programs

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West Hartford Public Schools Food Programs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture partners in local communities to serve free Grab and Go bagged meals. It’s food that’s in, while school is out. There are no income requirements, and any student of the West Hartford Public Schools (WHPS) may enjoy a bagged breakfast and/or lunch. 

West Hartford Grab and Go sites:  

DAYS: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
TIMES: 11:00 AM -12:30 PM

• Charter Oak Int'l Academy 425 Oakwood Ave (use Flatbush Ave entrance) 860-233-8506
• Hillcrest Avenue Neighborhood Outreach Center Located at 105 Hillcrest Avenue
• Smith STEM School, 64 Saint James Street, 860-236-3315
• Whiting Lane Elementary School 47 Whiting Lane, WH 860-233-8541 

Grab and Go Breakfast Bags
Milk (shelf-stable)
Dry cereal
Dried fruit

Grab and Go Lunch Bags
Milk (shelf-stable)
Fresh vegetable or vegetable juice
Cupped fruit
Pre-Packaged Sandwich: (Uncrustables sunbutter & jelly OR deli meat & cheese OR nutritious alternate)


Foodshare | Food Distribution Services


    CLICK West Hartford Food Distribution Sites

     Free produce and other food items are distributed in bags at Foodshare sites:  

    Rentschler Field, 615 Silver Lane, East Hartford
    Drive-Thru ProcessMonday through Friday from 8:30AM - 12:00PM  (Gates close at noon) In order to serve everyone, Foodshare will be providing one distribution of food per car per day. Open to all - no ID needed or income requirements. More detailed information: http://site.foodshare.org/site/PageServer?pagename=coronavirus  

    MOBILE FOODSHARE  is an outdoor pantry-on-wheels: Text FOODSHARE to 85511 to receive current schedule for the Foodshare Mobile Truck and subsequent updates to your smartphone.  Or go to www.foodshare.org/mobile

    Hands On Hartford  http://www.handsonhartford.org/ 
    Location: Hands on Hartford, 55 Bartholomew Avenue, off of Park Street, two blocks west of Pope Park; in Hartford (former Spaghetti Warehouse).
    They are offering:
    ·        Meals to go;
    ·        Toiletry items, Rain poncho, & snacks for all;
    ·        Bus passes available in case of bad weather; and
    ·        Limited outdoor seating will be available.

    Direct questions to HAT member Kate Shafer at (860) 706-1505 or kshafer@handsonhartford.org.  

    If you are interested in volunteering or would like to donate to help Foodshare continue to serve our neighbors please visit www.foodshare.org

     Food Pantries


    CLICK West Hartford Food Distribution Sites

    Town Hall Food Pantry operations will continue. Food will be distributed outside of Town Hall (50 S. Main St.) in front of the lobby entrance (across from the flag pole) only at the times below.  
    Curbside Food Pantry distribution operations are:   
    • Tuesday: 3:30PM - 5:30PM    
    Wednesday: 9:00AM - 11AM   
    Friday: 10AM - 12PM   
    Food donations to the Town Hall Food Pantry will be accepted only at the times above.  
    LINK to Dept. of Social Services, Food Pantry, West Hartford    

    MANNA Food and Neighborhood Services   
    Hands On Hartford, 55 Bartholomew Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106
    860.706.1528  | jbermudez@handsonhartford.org 
    Groceries including milk, eggs, fruits & vegetables, frozen meat (including Halal meat)   
    • Monday-Thursday, 9:30am-11:30am and 1:00pm-5:00pm   
    • Everyone will be served, with or without an appointment.   
    Folks with appointments take priority: call 860-246-6757 for an appointment.   
    MANNA Community Meals   
    • Hot coffee and meals to go    
    • Breakfast: Monday-Thursday, 9:00am-10:00am 
    • Lunch: Monday-Thursday, 12:00pm-1:00pm   
    • Dinner: Mondays, 6:00pm-6:45pm  
    Hands On Hartford "Caring in Action", 55 Bartholomew Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106 To learn more, to volunteer, or to support these programs, please contact Janet Bermudez, MANNA program manager at 860.706.1528 or jbermudez@handsonhartford.org 

    St. Thomas the Apostle Church Food Pantry
    • Schedule: Fridays from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Location: 872 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford  
    (The day the food pantry is open may vary from week to week.)  
    Open one day per week, and available to any CT resident who meets the Federal Emergency Food Assistance Program guidelines. Volunteers will be working at least 6 feet apart, unless they're from the same household. Masks and gloves will be available for our volunteers. Clients will remain in their vehicles at all times and bags of food will be placed in their trunks whenever possible. Interested in volunteering (9:00-11:30 or 11:30-2:00) or have questions, email: ckotyla@stawh.org   https://www.stawh.org/covid-19-information     Donate

    To find a food pantry, community kitchen and other resources near you, call 2-1-1 or go to https://www.211ct.org/.

    Fern Street Food Ministry  | Pantry / Backpacks


    CLICK West Hartford Food Distribution Sites

    Fern Street Backpacks is providing weekly home deliveries of food bags to West Hartford Public School students on their backpack program and who live in West Hartford. Email your food backpack questions to: backpack@westhartforduu.org 

     For more information, please call Jacob Lee, Food Ministry Coordinator at Universalist Church, 433 Fern Street, West Hartford. Phone: 860.233.3669 Ext. 109 Hours: Mon/Tue/Wed 10am-5pm | Email: FoodMinistry@westhartforduu.org 


    SNAP Benefits  


    To apply for SNAP (Food Stamps) benefits:

    • FoodShare   (860) 286-9999 Ext. 104 End Hunger CT!  (866) 974-7627

    • CT Dept. of Social Services (DDS)  (855) 626-6632  online at https://portal.ct.gov/DSS/SNAP/Supplemental-Nutrition-Assistance-Program---SNAP or by mailing application to DSS Scanning Center, PO Box 1320, Manchester, CT 06045-1320

    Grocery Stores | Food Delivery | Local Wholesalers

    Grocery store information was last updated on August 3, 2020.

    Food Delivery WeHa At Your Service - Request delivery and student volunteers fulfill your service for free: wehaatyourservice.com or Facebook [News article]

    The following stores are open and have power:

    • Whole Foods, both stores
    • Stop & Shop, Newington Road
    • Aldi’s
    • Big Y
    • Crown
    • Bella Gusta (On-line only)
    • Carolina Grocery (On-line only)

    Stop and Shop, Farmington Ave, has no power, but is opening on a limited basis. Cash only sales available.

    511 New Park Avenue (855) 955-2534
    Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 9:00 AM – 8:00PM
    Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM – shopping for most vulnerable customers, senior citizens and expectant mothers  
    Limit of 5 people for every 1,000 square feet inside the store.

    480 New Park Avenue (860) 231-8609
    Monday – Saturday 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
    Sunday 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM

    Big Y   
    772 North Main Street   (860) 236-1505   
    Monday – Sunday 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM    
    7:00 AM - 8:00 AM: For seniors and those with immune challenges.   

    507 New Park Avenue  (860) 232-9200
    Monday – Saturday 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
    8:00 – 9:00 AM for Seniors over 60 (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) 
    Sunday 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
    Sunday only 8:00 – 9:00 AM for First Responders

    405 Hartford Road, New Britain  (860) 893-7001
    Monday – Friday 10:00 AM – 8:30 PM
    Saturday 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM
    Sunday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

    Crown Super Market   
    2471 Albany Avenue (860) 236-1965   
    Sunday – Friday 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM   
    Accepting phone orders.  
    Will deliver, or call after 11:00AM – 3:00 PM for curbside pick-up (prefer online orders).
    Orders placed after 4:00 PM will be next day pick-up.

    Hall’s Market – Homebound delivery and curbside pick-up – orders taken after 8:00 AM   
    331 Park Road (860) 232-1075  
    Monday – Thursday and Saturday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM   
    Friday 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
    Seniors can shop 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM   
    Instacart - instacart.com 1-888-246-7822   
    Groceries delivered from local stores

    Maruichi Japanese Market
    37 Raymond Road (860) 904-2754
    Monday – Sunday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

    Price Rite of West Hartford

    983 New Britain Avenue (860) 953-5816
    Monday – Saturday 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
    Senior hours 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
    Sunday 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM

    Royal Indian Grocery
    560 New Park Avenue (860) 904-7989
    Monday – Sunday 8:00 AM – 8:30 PM

    Stop & Shop  - Peapod delivery – (Special time to shop for seniors 6:00 AM – 7:30 AM)  
    1235 Farmington Avenue (860) 521-5010   
    7:30 AM – 12:-00 AM   Monday – Saturday
    7:30 AM – 9:00 PM Sunday
    176 Newington Road (860) 231-8082   
     7:30 AM – 12:00 AM – Monday – Saturday
    Sunday 7:30 AM – 11:00 PM


    333 North Main Street, West Hartford (860) 616-1209    
    7:00 AM – 10:00 PM   Monday – Friday
    Saturday and Sunday 8:00 Am – 10:00 PM
    Tuesdays and Wednesdays  7:00 AM – 8:00 AM for vulnerable guests, senior citizens and expectant mothers
    475 Hartford Road, New Britain (860) 348-9100
    8:00 AM – 10:00 PM daily
    Tuesdays and Wednesdays  7:00 AM – 8:00 AM for vulnerable guests, senior citizens and expectant mothers

    Trader Joe’s   
    1489 New Britain Avenue (860) 561-4771    
    Monday – Sunday 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM: Seniors only.   
    Monday - Sunday 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM

    Whole Foods Market – special hours for seniors 8:00 – 9:00 AM   (Wednesday and Friday)
    50 Raymond Road (860) 523-8500   
    8:00 AM – 9:00 PM    daily
    340 North Main Street (860) 523-7174   
    8:00 AM - 9:00 PM  daily – special hours for seniors 7:00AM – 8:00AM, Wednesday and Friday

    Several local food wholesale operations are now offering curbside pickup to the general public, another way to stretch food dollars...
    Link to Fresh Point Produce Boxes To Go   
    105 Reserve Road (Regional Market), Hartford   
    Tuesday and Thursday (1pm - 3pm) and Saturday (10am – 1pm)    
    Call (860) 244-04380   

    Link to HPC Foodservice
    625 Nutmeg Road – North, South Windsor
    Monday through Friday (8am – 4pm)
    Call (860) 760-3999  

    Link to Sardilli Produce & Dairy Boxes 
    212 Locust Street, Hartford
    Tuesday & Thursday
    Call (860) 525-3237


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