Back in the late 1970’s, the Town of West Hartford’s Division of Human Services established a Food Pantry to provide food to West Hartford residents with emergency needs. Qualifying residents are eligible for a bag of non-perishable groceries.
Donations of food and money to support the Food Pantry come from a variety of sources throughout West Hartford; faith communities, schools, businesses, civic organizations and clubs, neighborhood groups, families and individuals.
The Food Pantry has seen a surge in the number of residents it serves since the downturn in the economy in 2008. For example, in July of 2011 we distributed 310 bags compared to July of 2008 when we distributed 61 bags.
Now, more than ever, the Food Pantry needs the help of the West Hartford community in order to continue to assist residents struggling to put food on their tables.
Here are some ways you can help:
- Organize a food drive (click here for more information)
- While at the grocery store, pick up a few extra items for our Food Pantry (donations can be left in the Town Hall lobby, Mon. - Fri.)
The West Hartford Food Pantry also partners with Foodshare to provide residents with fresh produce once a month. Please click here for more information on the mobile foodshare van, including locations and schedules.