Mon 3pm to 6pm   Tue CLOSED   Wed 9am to 12pm & 3pm to 6pm   Thur 9am to 1pm   Fridays 9am to 12pm

Food Pantry Programs

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  • Food, fresh produce, and bread items are available at the Food Pantry based on family size.

  • Before- and after-school children's snack program.

  • Workshops on topics to improve quality of life for low income families.

  • Referrals to energy assistance programs.

  • Food, clothing and household items provided to victims of fire or abuse to set up new households.

  • Food for Vernon seniors

Eligibility

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  • Food is distributed on a first come, first served basis and will be distributed as equitably as possible based on the items on hand and the size of the family.
  • To be eligible to receive food from the Pantry, you must live in Vernon, Tolland, Ellington and meet income requirements.
  • To determine if you meet eligibility requirements, please call 860-872-7727 and ask to speak to a case manager. The case manager will set up an intake meeting with you to determine your eligibility.

Bring these items to your intake
 

  • Proof of address (utility bill, state-issued ID)

  • Proof of income of all household members

  • Social Security cards for all household members

  • Photo ID

Qualified clients may shop weekly. Remember to bring in your photo ID every time you come in.
You must bring your own bags to the Pantry to carry out your food.

Note: Items available change on a weekly basis and quantities are limited to what we receive.


Mobile Foodshare Distribution Locations & Dates for 2018

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In addition to our Food Pantry in Vernon, clients may also be eligible to participate in the Mobile Foodshare program. The Foodshare van visits Vernon every other Thursday.

Park West Apartments

Terrace Drive 178 Terrace Drive, Vernon, CT
Every other Thursday from 11:15 - 11:45

  • January 11, 25
  • February 8, 22
  • March 8, 22
  • April 5, 19
  • May 3, 17, 31
  • June 14, 28
  • July 12, 26
  • August 9, 23
  • September 6, 20  
  • October 4, 18
  • November 1, 15, 29
  • December 13, 27

United Congregational Church of Tolland 

45 Tolland Green, Tolland, CT
Every other Thursday from 9:00 - 9:30 

  • January 4,18
  • February 1,15
  • March 1,15,29
  • April 12,26
  • May 10,24
  • June 7,21  
  • July 5,19
  • August 2,16,30
  • September 13,27  
  • October 11,25
  • November 8
  • December 6,20

Ellington LDS Church

2 Maple Street, Ellington, CT
Every other Thursday from 10:00 - 10:30 

  • January 4,18
  • February 1,15
  • March 1,15,29
  • April 12,26
  • May 10,24
  • June 7,21
  • July 5,19
  • August 2,16,30
  • September 13,27  
  • October 11,25  
  • November 8  
  • December 6,20

Cornerstone - Mobile

25 St. Bernard's Terrace Vernon, CT
Every other Thursday from 10:15 - 10:45  

  • January 11, 25
  • February 8, 22
  • March 8, 22
  • April 5, 19
  • May 3, 17, 31
  • June 14, 28   
  • July 12, 26
  • August 9, 23
  • September 6, 20
  • October 4, 18
  • November 1, 15, 29
  • December 13, 27

For more information or to determine eligibility, please contact Foodshare at 860-286-9999 Or visit Mobile Foodshare Online click here

 

Food Pantry & Basic Needs

The HVCC Food Pantry is an emergency food source for residents of Vernon, Tolland, and Ellington. The food is free to individuals who meet income and residency requirements.
HVCC Basic Needs program provides assistance to individuals and families in a manner which promotes independence while ensuring basic needs are met in a dignified manner, regardless of ability to pay, to prevent hunger and homelessness.

Donation Guide

Food drives are a major source of the contributions that fill the shelves of the Pantry. We are most grateful to the many individuals, schools, businesses, and religious and civic organizations that participate in food drives to support the Pantry. We also always welcome donations of food from individuals and families who understand the importance of helping their neighbors.

Non-perishable food items such as peanut butter, jelly, canned tuna, pasta and sauce, cereal, boxes of macaroni and cheese, canned spaghetti or ravioli, canned or dry soup, canned vegetables, and canned fruit.

Beverages including juice boxes, bottled juice, and dry or powdered milk.

Household items such as toilet paper, paper towels, plastic wrap, soap, toothpaste, and shampoo.

Please note that donations should be in cans, boxes, plastic containers, or other sealed packages. We also ask that you check the expiration date of your donations. We cannot accept any items past their expiration date.

Where to bring Donations

Donations may be brought to the HVCC Pantry (at 29 Naek Road in Vernon) during its normal hours. If the Pantry is closed, you may bring items to the Administrative office which is located behind the Pantry. During Normal office hours.

If you wish to find out how you can hold a food drive, call us at 860-872-7727

No donation is too small and all donations are greatly appreciated!

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Ever Wonder about the dates on your food?

(Check out this link from foodshare)

 

How to get the most from your EBT Card

 

Overview

Many Farmers' Markets and Farm Stands throughout Connecticut now can accept EBT/SNAP (Formerly known as Food Stamps). This means you will once again be able to buy locally grown fruits and vegetables that arrive more quickly and fresher than those transported long distances from other states and countries. Simply bring your EBT card to the table with the sign that says "SNAP/EBT accepted here" at participating Farmers' Markets and Farm Stands. The Market Master will swipe your card for the amount that you want and give you Market Tokens that can be used at all the stands at that market.

 

Ellington

Saturdays, 9 a.m. ‐ 12 p.m.

Arbor Park, Indian Valley Family YMCA

Main St.

May 12 ‐ Oct. 20

SPHERE Doubling SNAP