The primary needs of mankind are food and shelter; the Branford Food Pantry (BFP) addresses that first need—food. The mission of the BFP is to provide groceries for families in need. We will find a way to help you.

Please read "How to get food " to find out how to qualify for  groceries from the BFP

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Food Drive to Benefit Food Pantry

On Saturday, May 9, the Branford Letter Carriers will participate in a food collection that will benefit the Branford Food Pantry. This is the largest food drive in the country and is critical to those local agencies who are trying to provide supplemental food to families in need. That need is growing while the supply of surplus foods is decreasing.

Residents are encouraged to support this food drive. Food items can be set near, or hung from, mailboxes and they will be collected when mail is delivered on May 9.

Typically, this drive generates 14,000 pounds of food that is brought to the Food Pantry on Harrison Ave. where some 30 volunteers will unload, sort and put away the goods.

While all non-perishable food is welcome, there is a special need for peanut butter, jelly or jam, stew, tuna fish, juices, cereal, hardy soups, canned chicken or pork, hash and other meat containing foods.

The Branford Food Pantry serves about 174 needy families monthly and distributes 15-18,000 pound of food a month. Last year the total food distributed was 230,000 pounds! This is no small feat and it is only possible through the generosity of the community- food or cash donors, collecting groups like the Letter Carriers and volunteers at the Food Pantry.

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The Connecticut Food Bank Mobile Food Pantry is  distributing a variety of fresh products for families at the New Life Apostolic Church (26 Jefferson Rd, Branford) on the first Friday of every month from 10-11 AM.  Please bring your own bags to pack items you select.  If you have any questions please call 203-483-0629. 

If you have extra produce in your garden please consider donating it to the Food Pantry on Tuesday or Friday mornings (8:30-11 AM).

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We have a program called "Snacks for Kids".  Each week families will receive a bag containing 5 snack items for each child to take to school.  Please help to support this new effort by donating the following:  pudding/jello cups; fruit cups; raisins (small boxes); cereal/granola bars; small bags of chips/cookies/pretzels; snack crackers;  NO NUTS OR PEANUT PRODUCTS.  Thanks for your help in this new effort.  

In addition, we have an ongoing need for routine items such as cereal, peanut butter, soup, stew and coffee. Please consider sponsoring a drive to collect these items.

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