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.

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.

Foods Needed at Amazing Grace
Cereal
Tuna Fish
Soup (other than tomato)
Pasta Sauce
Peanut Butter
Canned Fruit & Vegetables
Beans (baked beans, etc.)
Rice or Boxed Potatoes

How to Organize a Food Drive for Amazing Grace

Did you know that 60,000 pounds of the food we distribute each year through Amazing Grace Food Pantry comes from individual donations and food drives? Please consider hosting a food drive to help us meet the distribution of 36,000 food items to over 1,000 families each month. Here’s how:
  1. Appoint a chairperson and choose a store. For Stop & Shop in Middletown and Cromwell, bring a written request for the drive on your group’s stationery and fill out a “Solicitation Form” at the courtesy desk. For Price Chopper, call 800-72PRICE.
  2. Call Amazing Grace Coordinator Kathleen Kelly (860) 347-3222 to schedule delivery of food to the pantry after your drive.
  3. Publicize your drive through your social media and/or St. Vincent de Paul, (860) 344-0097 x13.
  4. Print out what food the pantry needs to post at drive and/or to give to shoppers. Ask people to purchase ONE extra food item while they are shopping. You might highlight items in the store’s current flyer or write individual items on small slips of paper for shoppers to take as a suggestion.
  5. Have a jar with a slit in the top for cash donations, gift card donations and checks made payable to Amazing Grace Food Pantry. The donor should put this gift directly in the jug, not in the hand of the volunteer.
  6. Set up folding tables, chairs, and signs at the store’s entryway.
  7. Have your team of friendly people wear name tags with your group’s name.
  8. Only two people should approach shoppers at a time. The rest could be boxing food.
  9. Cheerfully thank people for every item donated.
  10. Ask the produce department to save you their boxes and box the donated food by can size and item grouping for ease of transporting and shelving it at AG.

You may also consider collecting non-perishable food items at your church or work by setting up a box or bin with our list. Call Kathleen Kelly for more information.

Families Feeding Families

Families Feeding Families ensures that core food items are available for the more tan 800 families who select food – free of charge – at Amazing Grace Food Pantry each month.

How It Works: You commit to donate a certain number of one specific food product each month for one full year. You bring your food items each month to Amazing Grace any Monday, Wednesday or Friday, between 10 AM-5 PM or on Saturday from 9 AM-1 PM. That’s it! (Call 860-347-3222 if you need to schedule delivery at another time).

Many compassionate families, organizations, faith communities, businesses, clubs and schools provide these donations every month. In fact, about half of all the food available at Amazing Grace is donated through this program. By signing onto the Families Feeding Families program, you will be joining an army of folks who demonstrate their concern for their fellow citizens – every month – in a very tangible way.

Cereal
Tuna Fish
Soup (other than tomato)
Pasta Sauce
Peanut Butter
Canned Fruit & Vegetables
Beans (baked beans, etc.)
Rice or Boxed Potatoes

Questions? Please contact Families Feeding Families Coordinators:
Mimi Rich, cmrich2500@sbcglobal.net, 860-347-1829
Nancy Meyers, nmeyers68@wesleyan.edu, 860-345-4421.

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