Food Ministry

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In 2012, the first Foodshare Mobile Truck rolledinto our parking lot and we distributed food to 72 of our neighbors in need. Today, the Fern Street Food Ministry operates five programs. Run by over 100 volunteers, our programs serve an average of 300 clients each week. Our volunteers pick up, deliver, sort, pack and distribute thousands of pounds of food each month. Our donors generously support us with contributions of food as well as monetary gifts that allow us to purchase the food and supplies necessary to help our neighbors in need.

Fern Street Food Ministry at the Universalist Church

The mission of the Fern Street Food Ministry is to alleviate hunger in our community.  We strive to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those experiencing food insecurity, to significantly improve their access to healthy food and to serve all in the spirit of love, honoring the inherent worth and dignity of every person.  



Our Programs: 

Mobile Foodshare
Every other Monday morning, in all types of weather, we distribute perishable food to all who seek assistance.

Community Kitchen
Every other Monday morning,with the Mobile Foodshare truck outside,  we welcome the local community inside for a a free hot and hearty breakfast.  Our dining hall has become a place for our neighbors to congregate with friends, enjoy a nutritious breakfast and receive donated items to take home.

Have a Heart
In existence for over thirty years, this program began our work feeding the hungry. Once weekly, volunteers make and deliver sandwiches to the House of Bread in Hartford.   

The Backpack Program
Each week during the school year, we provide  backpacks filled with nutritious food to West Hartford Public School students who need weekend food support.

The Food Pantry
Our newest program opened its doors in 2016. The third Saturday of every month, we provide non-perishables, fresh produce, frozen meats, poultry, dairy and eggs (when available) to qualified recipients.
  Our Partners: 

Foodshare
Shoprite
West Hartford Chamber of Commerce
Rotary Club of West Hartford
West Hartford Food Pantry
House of Bread
Boy Scouts Troop 44
Bethany Lutheran Church
Big Y
Panera Bread
Lox, Stock and Bagels
Goldberg's Bagels
Crown Market and Cafe
WAGS: Wholesome Animals Grocery Store
BJ's Wholesale Club, West Hartford
Bussa Orchards
DairyPure Milk
Pepperidge Farm
Sun Butter
Walmart, Hartford
The Outreach Project

 


 
For more information, contact: 
Liz Halla-Mattingly, Food Ministry Coordinator
The Universalist Church of West Hartford
433 Fern Street, West Hartford CT 06107 
foodministry@westhartforduu.org
860-233-3669 ext. 109
 
   

 
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, and reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. Click here to review our full non-discrimination policy.