For National Food Bank Day, consider donating to a food pantry in Greater Hartford – Hartford Courant
In Hartford and Tolland counties, one in nine people are at risk of going hungry, according to Connecticut Foodshare. In Connecticut’s two counties alone, more than 119,000 people are struggling to get enough to eat.
Food insecurity is when a person does not have constant access to food. According to Connecticut Foodshare, in Hartford and Tolland counties, about 41 percent of food insecure people do not qualify for federal benefits such as SNAP because their income may be too high. This is where community food banks come in.
Local food pantries help fill the void when people earn too much for SNAP, but not enough to have consistent access to food.
However, they need the help of the community to do what they do.
If you’re looking to help, consider donating non-perishable items to a local food pantry for National Food Bank Day. Some examples of items needed are peanut butter, jelly, canned fruits and vegetables, pasta and sauce, canned soup, rice, juice boxes, applesauce, granola bars , oatmeal, long-life milk, toiletries and pet food.
Here are some places in Greater Hartford where you can donate.
Foodshare is available to pick up donations or donations can be delivered to its locations in Bloomfield and Hartford. The Bloomfield warehouse is located at 450 Woodland Avenue and receives donations Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Hartford Regional Market warehouse is located at 101 Reserve Road and accepts donations Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Donations to Hands on Hartford can be dropped off at its community center at 55 Bartholomew Ave., Hartford. Donations are accepted Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. You can also call them at 860-728-3201 to arrange a time to drop off a donation.
The West Hartford Food Pantry is located in the lobby of City Hall at 50 Main Street South. Donations are accepted Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. On Tuesday, the town hall is open until 5:30 p.m. be brought to your car during unloading.
Food donations to MACC Charities for the Community Emergency Food Pantry can be dropped off at 460 Main St., Manchester during donation hours. Monday they are open 9am to 3pm Tuesday 9am to 5pm Wednesday 9am to 1:30pm Thursday 9am to 5:45pm and Friday 9am to 1:45pm If you cannot deposit during these times, call 860-647 -0440 to schedule a deposit.
HRA New Britain is accepting donations during its pantry office hours. These are Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon at St. Jerome’s Parish House at 1010 Slater Road, New Britain.