AMAZING GRACE FOOD PANTRY
Amazing Grace Food Pantry
16 Stack Street, Middletown, CT 06457
Amazing Grace Food Pantry is a program of St. Vincent de Paul. Amazing Grace offers food free of charge. Amazing Grace is open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 1 to 4 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Individuals and families are invited to shop once a month and receive approximately three days worth of groceries. Families choose the food items they would like that are available at the time. Family member size determines the quantity of food allotted at each visit.

Amazing Grace's Mobile Food Pantry is another opportunity for people to receive nourishing food. Vehicles loaded food items from the food bank distribute items on the second Thursday of the month at the Cross Street AME Zion Church, www.crossstreetamezion.org 440 West St., Middletown, from 11 a.m. to noon. You need not be a Middletown resident to receive food.

Amzing Grace Staff
A struggling family of four can receive three days of groceries, a $75 value. Money saved can be used to pay a light bill or for heat.
Our comprehensive data entry system provides us with information for families in need of other services including 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.

Approximately 1,000 households "shopped" in our Amazing Grace Food Pantry once a month last year. Approximately 399,840 food items were distributed through out the year or 33,320 food items per month. This translates to 260,860 meals for the year.

Where Does the Food Come From? Our Pantry coordinator, Kathleen Kelly, (860) 347-3222 with many dedicated volunteers, operate the day-to day stocking and distribution of food. 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.

How to Organize a Food Drive for Amazing Grace

Food Drive
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
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
St. Vincent de Paul
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

Directions from Hartford: Take I-91 South to exit 22 South to merge onto CT-9 South. Turn right onto Hartford Ave/St. Johns Sq. Take 2rd right onto Main Street. Turn left onto Stack St.

From New Haven: Take I-91 North towards Hartford. Take exit 18 to merge onto CT-66 East. Turn left on Main Street. Turn left onto Stack St.
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The PDF form may be filled out online and saved to your computer to attach to an email, or printed and mailed or faxed to:

Amazing Grace Food Pantry
16 Stack Street, Middletown, CT 06457.
email: Mimi Rich cmrich2500@sbcglobal.net
fax: 860-854-6085

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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