Do you struggle to keep your lights on and put food on the table? Shopping once a month for free, nutritious groceries at Amazing Grace Food Pantry can help you stretch your strained budget. A family of four can receive three days of groceries, a $105 value. The money saved can be used to pay a light bill or heat.
A program of St. Vincent de Paul Middletown, Amazing Grace Food Pantry offers free groceries to low or no income families in Middletown. You can choose one day a month— Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 1 to 4 p.m. or Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to come in and choose the food items based on the size of your family that they would like to eat. Our volunteer and outreach staff will also help you to determine if you qualify for other social service programs. They can help you fill out necessary applications. You may be entitled for food stamps, energy assistance, WIC, school meals, Husky Part A, Part B, State Administered General Assistance (SAGA), Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Aid to the blind or disabled, Social Security Supplemental.
Amazing Grace’s Mobile Food Pantry is another opportunity for you and your family to receive nourishing food the second Thursday of the month. Head to the Cross Street AME Zion Church, www.crossstreetamezion.org 440 West St., Middletown, from 10 a.m. to 11am. You need not be a Middletown resident to receive food.
A struggling family of four can receive three days of groceries, a $105 value. Money saved can be used to pay a light bill or for heat.
Our Amazing Grace Food Pantry serves an estimated 3,000 individuals, or 1, 075 households each month. This translates to 260,000 meals a year or 22,000 meals per month. These households represent an average of 1,362 adults, 527 children and 273 elderly served each month. Last year, we distributed approximately 416,115 food items, or 34,676 food items each month.
Where Does the Food Come From?
- 45% of the food comes from our own unique Families Feeding Families program . Families Feeding Families allows churches, businesses, and families to commit to Amazing Grace to provide specific food items once each month, throughout the year.
- 20% of all of the food at Amazing Grace is provided by greater Middletown community, organized food drives including the annual U.S. Post Office food drive, and large corporate and school food drives.
- 35% of the food is purchased through financial contributions, by St. Vincent de Paul, at .16 per pound from The Connecticut Food Bank and local retail / discount stores.
HOW CAN YOU HELP
You can help by volunteering to stock shelves, escort shoppers around our “store”, or help people when they come in to learn about other social services in our area. Please call pantry coordinator, Kathleen Kelly, (860) 347-3222 to volunteer.
You can donate food or hold a food drive (see below) at a local grocery store, at work, or your church.
Food donation deliveries will be accepted Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 10:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m. and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. We can also come and pick up your food donations—call (860) 347-3222 and ask for Charles.