Covenant Soup Kitchen offers breakfast and lunch seven days per week and dinner on Friday and Satruday 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.
The Community Food Pantry responds to requests for emergency groceries Monday - Saturday 11 am - 1 pm or by appointment.
If you are in need of service outside of our usual hours, please call 860 423 1643 and we will make arrangements to help.
To sign up for the pantry, please complete the order form found on the front porch of the house on Valley Street and leave it in the collection box next to the book case. Your order will be ready for pick up the following day, Monday - Saturday.
In August of 1998, the Community Food Pantry changed to a Guest Choice format. Each person utilizing the service can choose the foods they prefer. 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 baby food, formula, baked goods, fresh produce, meat, dairy products, eggs and other perishable foods when available.
Our Care and Advocacy work is multi-faceted, attempting to serve other unmet needs that may arise within our community of Covenant Soup Kitchen guests.
This program may include referrals to other agencies, assistance in filling out paperwork for employment, healthcare, housing and benefits, use of the telephones, computers, copier and fax machine to conduct necessary business, providing a secure location for USPS mail delivery as well as other activities, which are as varied as the people we serve.
-Diaper Bank - diapers and wipes may be available when donations allow. Please call us at 860 423 1643 to see if we have the size you are looking for! If we don't have them, we will do our best to get them as soon as possible.
-Health Clinics are offered monthly at our onsite health clinic in coordination with Eastern AHEC and University of Connecticut Medical, Nursing and Pharmacy staff and students.
-Laundry Vouchers are offered for guests to keep their clothing, school and work uniforms, bedding, etc. clean, when funding is available.
-Bus Passes are offered, when funding allows.
-Personal care items like soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, tampons, pads, incontinence products and first aid supplies are available when donations allow.
-Emergency clothing like dry socks, hats, gloves, scarves and warm clothing are available when donations allow. Please ask staff if you are in need of something.
-Pet products including dog and cat food/treats and cat litter may be available if donations allow. Please check with staff.
-Emergency Funds may be available for other unmet needs. Please complete a Basic Needs Request Form and we will discuss your request and get back to you quickly to tell you if we are able to help.
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, rice and sometimes cheese. For eligible seniors, these boxes are in addition to the self selected food available in our pantry.
In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.
Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.
To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/ad-3027.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
(833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.