To provide a respectful, empowering environment, where food and personal care items are available to individuals who need assistance in Farmington, CT.
For more than 30 years, the Farmington community has supported the pantry in our efforts to assist our neighbors in need. Since 2006, the Farmington Food Pantry has been located in Amistad Hall on the campus of First Church of Christ in Farmington, operating under the Outreach Committee of First Church, a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization. http://www.firstchurch1652.org The pantry currently serves over 200 Farmington families and operates on a “Clients Choice” program which allows clients to pick the items they like and need, rather than being given a pre-packaged bag of food. As a partner agency of Foodshare, the pantry can receive food and household necessities from Foodshare for a nominal amount and many items are offered free of charge. The pantry is solely funded through donations and staffed entirely by volunteers. All clients are pre-qualified by Farmington Community Services.
During the past ten years, the pantry has adapted to the changing needs of clients by establishing a program to fund purchases of fresh fruits, produce, and other items most needed on the pantry shelves, and by implementing a dairy program to provide milk and yogurt along with occasional cheese and butter. And, in conjunction with the pantry’s ongoing efforts to encourage healthy food choices, the pantry had a partnership in 2016 with the UCONN Master Gardeners Program to harvest local produce grown in a Farmington Community Kolp Garden plot donated to the pantry by the Town of Farmington. In an effort to reach more donors and to better communicate with pantry supporters, the pantry branched out into social media by opening Facebook and Twitter accounts in 2014.