Basic Needs

Additional Food Resources for Seniors!

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HVCC Basic Needs program provides assistance to individuals and families in a manner which promotes independence while assuring basic needs are met in a dignified manner, regardless of ability to pay, to prevent hunger and homelessness.

Programs offered:

  • Food, fresh produce, and bread items are available at the Food Pantry based on family size.
  • Before- and after-school children's snack program.
  • Workshops on topics to improve quality of life for low income families.
  • Referrals to energy assistance programs.
  • Food, clothing and household items provided to victims of fire or abuse to set up new households.

The HVCC Food Pantry is an emergency food source for residents of Vernon, Tolland, and Ellington. The food is free to individuals who meet income and residency requirements. The Pantry is located at 29 Naek Road, Suite 5C

Food Pantry Hours:

Monday 3pm - 6pm
Tuesday CLOSED
Wednesday 9am - 12pm and 3pm - 6pm
Thursday 9am - 1pm
Friday 9am-12pm

Closed Saturday, and Sunday

The HVCC Food Pantry helps families and individuals in the Vernon, Ellington, and the Tolland area by providing food assistance. Food drives are a major source of the contributions that fill the shelves of the Pantry. We are most grateful to the many individuals, schools, businesses, and religious and civic organizations that participate in food drives to support the Pantry. We also always welcome donations of food from individuals and families who understand the importance of helping their neighbors.

The HVCC Pantry is always in need of the following:

Non-perishable food items, such as peanut butter, jelly, canned tuna, pasta and sauce, cereal, boxes of macaroni and cheese, canned spaghetti or ravioli, canned or dry soup, canned vegetables, and canned fruit.

Beverages, including juice boxes, bottled juice, and dry or powdered milk.

Household items and toiletries, such as toilet paper, paper towels, plastic wrap, soap, toothpaste, and shampoo.

Please note that donations should be in cans, boxes, plastic containers, or other sealed packages. We also ask that you check the expiration date of your donations. We cannot accept any items past their expiration date.

Donations may be brought to the HVCC Pantry (at 29 Naek Road in Vernon) during its normal hours. If the Pantry is closed, you may bring items to the Administrative office which is located behind the Pantry. The normal office hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Friday 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

If you wish to find out how you can hold a food drive, call us at 860-872-7727.

No donation is too small and all donations are greatly appreciated!

Information for our clients:

  • Food is distributed on a first come, first served basis and will be distributed as equitably as possible based on the items on hand and the size of the family.
  • To be eligible to receive food from the Pantry, you must live in Vernon, Tolland, Ellington or South Windsor and meet income requirements.
  • To determine if you meet eligibility requirements, please call 860-872-9825 and ask to speak to a case manager. The case manager will set up an intake meeting with you to determine your eligibility.
  • Please bring the following items with you to your intake meeting:
    • Proof of address (utility bill, state-issued ID)
    • Proof of income of all household members
    • Social Security cards for all household members
    • Photo ID
  • Qualified clients may shop weekly. Remember to bring in your photo ID every time you come in.
  • You must bring your own bags to the Pantry to carry out your food.

*Note: Items available change on a weekly basis and quantities are limited to what we receive.

Mobile Foodshare

In addition to our Food Pantry in Vernon, clients may also be eligible to participate in the Mobile Foodshare program. The Foodshare van visits Vernon every other Thursday. There are 3 different locations:

Upcoming Mobile Foodshare Distribution Locations & Dates for 2016:

For more information or to determine eligibility, please contact Foodshare at 860-286-9999.

We are always in need of donations to keep the HVCC Pantry running. Please call 860-872-7727 to see how you can help!