Youth & Social Services works to eliminate hunger in Colchester by providing food and other necessities to our most vulnerable neighbors in a dignified and respectful manner.
If you or someone you know is struggling to buy food for themselves and their families, please contact us. Our services are confidential and professional. An appointment is required, so please call ahead.
On average, the food bank serves 150-200 families providing 5,000-6,000 pounds of food each month!
Our goal is to provide residents with staples that supplement their regular monthly shopping. Our food bank allows people to choose their own items rather than pre-packing bags for families. This reduces waste and allows for personal preferences to be considered. The food bank is available to any Colchester resident who is in financial need; regardless of age, job status or family size.
The items that we purchase with the funds that are generously donated include:
milk, bread, meat, fresh fruits & vegetables, cereal, oatmeal, pasta, spaghetti sauce, peanut butter, jelly, tuna, beans, mac & cheese, soup, toothpaste, laundry detergent, and toilet paper.
We also belong to the Gemma Moran Food Bank in New London. Each week three of our dedicated volunteers drive to New London to select foods for our food bank. These are usually fresh and frozen foods and often include meat, produce, dairy items (cold juices, yogurt, etc.), prepared frozen foods and other other surplus items. Our volunteers also pick up the "day old" baked goods from our local Stop & Shop each week.
All of the food is donated or purchased with funds generously given by Colchester citizens, businesses and civic groups. We only exist because of the kindness of our donors.
Donations can be dropped in the carts outside of the offices at suite 205 anytime that Town Hall is open. We happily accept unopened food that is not expired.
Each month we publish the “Food Bank 5”, a list of the 5 most needed items for the month. The list can be found on the website or in the local papers.
Another source of donated produce comes from The Colchester Giving Garden during the growing season. The garden is a volunteer run vegetable garden that is located in town. Everything that is grown is donated to the town luncheon program, the Colchester Food Bank and to local soup kitchens. For more information on the Giving Garden or to join the volunteers at the garden call 860-267-8067 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Social Service programs are designed to assist individuals and families in meeting their basic needs and are designed to encourage personal responsibility, foster independence, and promote self-sufficiency while maintaining dignity and privacy.
- Food Bank
- Mobile Food Pantry
- Energy Assistance
- Fuel Bank
- Assistance with completing forms and applications
- Holiday Baskets and gifts
- Back-to-school supplies
- Summer lunch program for program participants