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


Please call the Branford Counseling Center (203-481-4248) by December 18, 2015 to sign up to get a turkey dinner for your family for the holidays.  Holiday baskets will be delivered on Tuesday, December 22nd between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

  • Someone must be home to accept the basket.  Baskets will not be left at the door.
  • Requests made after December 18th must be picked up on December 22nd at the BFP (30 Harrison Ave.) between the hours of 9:30 and 12:30 a.m.  These late requests will be filled if supplies are available.


Turkeys Needed Again

As the holiday season approaches, the Branford Food Pantry is planning to deliver turkeys and groceries to about 250 needy families both for Thanksgiving and Christmas. That is 500 turkeys needed! The goal is especially tough this year because two large donors of some 140 turkeys yearly are no longer available to assist.

The Branford Food Pantry needs help to achieve this ambitious goal. They are asking individuals, clubs, churches and businesses to conduct turkey drives. Karen True, who is heading up preparing boxes of food at the Food Pantry, says “By November 1 we will set up a couple of hundred boxes and will start filling them as non-perishable food is available. As to turkeys, we have a lot of freezer space to fill. We can start accepting turkeys now and up to December 20.” The largest need is for turkeys 14 to 16 pounds but a few larger are good for large families.

It is important that all families have an opportunity to enjoy the traditional holiday dinners and it is clear that this efforts makes a difference. When making a dinner delivery  a year ago,  the man of the house opened the door and exclaimed, “There really will be a Thanksgiving this year!” And, kids don’t understand why they can’t celebrate like other families. You can make a difference.

If you can provide  turkeys they can be dropped off at 30 Harrison Ave. (lower level, right side of the building) on Tuesdays or Fridays between 8 and 11 a.m.  For large donations or for special issues, you can call Jay Webb at 203-215-3533 to make arrangements or to answer questions.

If it is easier to make a cash donation they will make the purchases. Checks can be made out to the Branford Food Pantry and mailed to 30 Harrison Ave., Branford, CT 06405.


New Food Pantry Program

The Branford Food Pantry shall conduct a pilot program to begin client shopping on Tuesday evenings from about 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. beginning on November 3, 2015. Tuesday evening was selected because it coincides with the CDR family dining night.    


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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