Who can go to meal sites?
Do I need to bring money or identification?
Do you provide transportation?
How many meal sites can I visit each week?
Are all the meal sites handicapped accessible?
Can I have seconds?
Can I take food home?
Can my whole family go?
Where does the food come from?
Anyone hungry in body or spirit is welcome. There are no other requirements.
We welcome you with fellowship, community and home-style meals.
No. Meals are free. All are welcome. For our food pantries, we do require identification.
No. We can post a note asking if someone can give you a lift.
Also, check the bus schedule by calling 860-510-0429.
There is no limit on how many meal sites you may visit.
Yes. If concerned about a particular site, call 860-388-1988.
Once all guests have been served, and no more guests are likely to arrive, seconds are usually available.
If there is food remaining at the end of the meal, leftovers will be packed by our volunteers and made available to take home.
Yes. All are welcome.
Meals are cooked on-site by our volunteers. Ingredients come from local food banks or are donated by community organizations and individuals.
Who can get groceries at a food pantry?
Do I need to bring any documentation?
How much food is provided per visit?
What if people are still in line when pantry hours are over?
Do you run out of food?
I'm from the town that the pantry is in. Can I go to the head of the line?
Where do the groceries come from?
How come some people get to go first?
How is it decided how much food is given?
Anyone who lives in Essex, Chester, Clinton, Madison, Old Saybrook, East Lyme, Lyme, Old Lyme, Killingworth, Westbrook or Deep River.
Please bring photo-identification with your home address.
We try to provide enough groceries to feed your family 3 meals for 3 days. Sometimes there is more. Sometimes less.
If you arrive during posted hours, you will receive groceries.
Not yet! We may, though, run out of particular items.
No. Nor does the young woman with two kids go ahead of the woman without any. We're all in this together.
We rely on donations and food purchased from area wholesalers and food banks. How come some people get to go first?
Our pantry guests are given a number when they arrive to allow for the distribution to be as fair as possible. There may be times when at the pantry managers discretion a guest is able to skip the number process. If you have questions or concerns please approach the sites pantry manager.
We try to provide to enough food for 3 meals per day for three days per household member, based on the guidelines of the Connecticut and Gemma Moran Food Banks, from whom we get about 31% of our food.