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Town of Colchester Youth & Social Services Department - Food Bank
Colchester, CT 06415
Details: 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. 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 and Starbuck's stores each week. Additionally, vouchers for the Colchester farmer's market are provided throughout the season.