Covenant Soup Kitchen
220 Valley Street
Willimantic, Connecticut 06226


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Programs and Services

Covenant Soup Kitchen offers breakfast and lunch seven days per week and dinner on Friday evenings, at no charge to its guests.  In addition to meals served in the soup kitchen, bakery items, fresh produce, meats, eggs, dairy products and other foods are offered to guests to take home, when available.

Emergency Food Pantry

The Emergency Food Pantry responds to requests for emergency groceries on a once per month, per family basis.  The pantry is open Monday through Friday from 2-4pm, or by appointment, including Sunday mornings.  In order to receive food, guests must provide photo ID for anyone over 18 and a birth certificate for anyone under 18 in the household for whom they wish to shop.  Clients will be asked to complete a short intake form.  

In August of 1998,  the Emergency Food Pantry changed to a Guest Choice format.  Each person utilizing the service can choose the foods they prefer from shelves which are organized according to the Federal Government's Food Pyramid.  Since this format was introduced, we have seen a steady increase in the number of individuals and families using the Pantry.  The pantry stocks a variety of non perishable food items, and also offers baked goods, fresh produce, meat, dairy products, eggs, personal care items, feminine hygiene products, baby food, diapers and pet food when available.

Care and Advocacy

Our Care and Advocacy program is multi-faceted, attempting to serve any realistic need that may arise within our community of Soup Kitchen guests.  This program may include offering referrals to other agencies, assistance in filling out paperwork, providing a secure location for USPS mail delivery as well as other activities, which are as varied as the people we serve.

Senior Boxes (CSFP or Commodity Supplemental Food Program)

We are very pleased to offer additional nutritious food boxes to our guests aged 60 and over.  With proof of income, address and identification, our Senior guests are eligible for a pre-packed box of canned vegetables, canned fruit, proteins, juice, cereal, pasta, beans, shelf stable milk, peanut butter, and rice.  For eligible seniors, these boxes are in addition to the self selected food available in our pantry.