The Monroe Food Pantry’s mission is to provide nutritional assistance to financially struggling town residents in a manner that ensures and protects their dignity and confidentiality.
What We Do
The Monroe Food Pantry provides emergency food assistance for individuals and families facing food insecurity in Monroe. Our clients receive one week’s worth of food per month by scheduled appointments, while using the client-choice food distribution model. Via donations from major grocery store vendors, monetary and in-kind donations from Monroe town residents, businesses, organizations and our volunteers’ fundraising efforts, we are able to provide our clients with a wide range of healthy food items, including: produce, milk, eggs, frozen meat, and non-perishables.
Our Food Pantry Coordinator works with volunteers to sort food, stock shelves, assist clients with "shopping” for their groceries at the Pantry, and deliver food to home bound clients.
We serve more than 100 households per month and an average of more than 200 families per year.
Who We Assist
Pantry users must attest to meeting the current Federal income guidelines set by the USDA for The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). For a full pantry shop residents must provide proof of residency such as a utility bill and driver's license and complete a Household Information Form. More guidelines for eligibility can be found by clicking here.
How We Operate
The Food Pantry is primarily supported by the generous donations of the people in Monroe. We receive donations of non-perishable foods from concerned individuals, and through community food drives held by the Post Office, schools, churches, businesses, and service organizations. Monetary donations are used to purchase milk, eggs and other items to fill in our inventory, as necessary. We access inexpensive or free food through the Connecticut Food Bank, and the Food Pantry Coordinator makes purchases at Big Y, Stop & Shop and other food providers to fill in our inventory. Click here to find a list of items that the pantry needs.
Food Pantry Operations
- Clients call 203-452-2817 to schedule an appointment; if you cannot keep your scheduled appointment call to let staff know.
- Clients must call ahead for bread and produce.
- Clients are asked to stay in their car to reduce the number of people in the building and prevent crowding.
- Clients are asked to re-attest TEFAP information at each visit.
- Monroe residents who qualify for a full pantry shop will be provided a form to select items.
- If residents would like to place their order ahead of time, or fill the order form out at home, please email the food pantry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Items Needed
- How to Donate Items to the Food Pantry
- How to Volunteer
- Monroe Food Pantry Facebook Page
FOOD PANTRY COORDINATOR
Eddie M. Lui
Monroe Food Pantry
980 Monroe Turnpike
Monroe, CT 06468
PHONE: (203) 452-2817
CALL: for an appointment
FOOD PANTRY MAILING ADDRESS
Monroe Town Hall
7 Fan Hill Road
Monroe, CT 06468
Monday 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Thursday 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
1 Thursday a month 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
1 Saturday a month 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Inclement Weather Policy
In the instance of inclement weather, the Monroe Food Pantry will be closed if Monroe Public Schools are closed. We will not adjust our hours if there is a school delay. If we are closed and you need emergency assistance, please contact the Monroe Senior Center at 203-452-2815, and ask to speak with the Director of Community and Social Services.