Big Y Donation Box

Thank you to our own Big Y for placing a donation box at the front of the store to help the Food Bank. Canned vegetables, oatmeal, pasta, and shampoo are just a few ideas to donate.

Update from Marlborough Food Bank

The Food Bank is overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support from the community as the restrictions due to the Covid-19 virus begin to affect us locally.

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU
For the many monetary and food donations we have received from our community.
Thank you to FOODSHARE of Bloomfield CT who is working with a reduced staff & working hard to continue providing its Partner Food Pantries like us with frozen meats and shelf stable foods at a very low cost.

We continue to be open on Tuesdays from 10am-12pm and 3:30-5:30pm for anyone who is in need of food. No paperwork or questions asked.

Deliveries can be arranged for those who prefer to not leave their house (food can be left at your front door) Please MESSAGE us or call Dave or Dawn.
Please Check In With Your Neighbors – We Will Get Through This Together

The Food Bank is preparing for the needs of the entire community. Despite the good and loving intentions, we cannot accept or distribute prepared foods, so we do not need assistance cooking – thank you for the kind offers!

Foods: Canned soups or soup mixes, canned vegetables and fruits, packaged macaroni and pastas, spaghetti sauce, canned meats and tuna fish, canned chili, baked beans, shelf-stable milk, pancake mix (just add water), peanut butter, jelly, crackers, cake or brownie mixes and snacks.

PLEASE check expiration dates, as we are unable to distribute products that are nearing or have passed their expiration date.

The Food Bank will be implementing new procedures in the coming weeks to distribute food to our clients. In order to limit contact between clients and volunteers, we will begin bagging client food choices and putting the bags in the garage for clients to pick up during our normal hours of operation. These procedures are necessary to protect our clients who fall into the most at-risk groups (Older adults and people who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease.

From March 13, 2020 Letter from Dr. Law, RHAM Superintendent: While school are closed, grab and go boxed lunches will be provided for families in need. Lunches will be available for pick up beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 between 11:00am-12:00pm every Monday through Friday while the district is closed at the following location:
LOCATION: Marlborough Elementary School Parking Lot- A DATTCO bus will be by the Cafeteria entrance and will have lunches to be picked up at the back of the bus for MES students and RHAM students living in Marlborough

Thank you all for your kindness – we’ll see you on Sunday.
Dave Pratt (860) 975-8660
Dawn Tavolieri (860) 614-6218

As always, checks (payable to the Marlborough Food Bank) or donations via PayPal (see button to the right) are always appreciated!

Donation Requests

As of 3/26/20, the items in highest demand are pasta and jarred spaghetti sauce, cereal (Cheerios (any kind), Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Special K (any kind), grape jelly, strawberry jelly

New Procedures at the Food Bank

PLEASE READ — 3/24/20 New Tuesday Procedures:

FOR RETURNING CLIENTS: If you filled out a Shopping Lists – Your groceries will be ready. Drive all the way down Wilhenger Drive to the turn-around and form a line on the street where the volunteers usually park. Each Car will be directed down the driveway one at a time to allow the volunteers to put your groceries in your car. If we have fresh fruits and vegetables and bread available, we can include some with your order.

FOR FIRST-TIME USERS & THOSE WHO HAVE NOT FILLED OUT A SHOPPING LIST: There will be a Volunteer standing at the end of the driveway. He/She will give you a Shopping List to fill out in your car while you wait. Drive all the way down Wilhenger Drive to the turn-around and form a line on the street starting at the end of the Driveway. Each Car will be directed down the driveway one at a time to allow the volunteers to put your groceries in your car. If we have fresh fruits and vegetables and bread available, we can include some with your order. For first time users: We will only ask for a Name and the Number in your household.

Food Bank of Marlborough First Saturdays

We will be open Saturday,  April 4th (for donations only).  The Food Bank is usually open the first Saturday of every month in order to accept donations.  The hours are 10 am to 12 pm.

Donations can be brought to the Food Bank at 3 Wilhenger Drive every Tuesday during open hours, as well, or non-perishable foods can be brought to Elmer Thienes administration office (hours: school year 8 am-4 pm; Summer 8:30 am-3 pm), to Marlborough Country Store (45 N. Main St.) or to Town Hall during posted hours.  If unsure if the Food Bank is open, call 860-295-6008 between 10 am and noon on the Saturday in question.

Request for Donations

With winter approaching we are currently in need of the following gently used and clean items:

Queen Sheets
Blankets of all bed sizes
Towels
Gloves
Knit hats
Scarves
Also, we have requests for yarn.

All donations can be dropped off Monday morning and all day Tuesday. If these times are not convenient please let us know and we will work out a time.

Thank you, Marlborough, for your continued support!

Food Bank Clients Eligible to use Mobile Food Share in Hebron

Food Bank clients are eligible to use the mobile food share truck, which comes every other Tuesday to 1 Main St., Hebron, CT (behind the Congregational Church) from 11 am to 11:30 am to distribute fresh produce.  To confirm dates and times, please confirm using one of the following ways: 

www.foodshare.org  (type “mobile” in the search box)

or

Text Foodshare to 85511 for “Mobile Foodshare On Demand”; answer the prompts and have the schedule sent right to your phone.  Once you are opted-in, Foodshare will also text you cancellations and schedule changes.

or

call Foodshare 860-286-9999

Food Bank Weather Policy

In case of inclement weather: If road safety permits, the food bank will be open. The best way to know is to call the food bank number (860-295-6008); if no answer, call back in case of a delayed opening. Town Hall will be informed and it will be posted on our Facebook page and the community page.  The open hours are Tuesdays 10 am to noon and 3:30 to 5:30 pm, and the first Saturday of the month from 10 am to noon (for donations only).

Food Bank Eligibility

 

The gross yearly income guidelines are as follows:

Household size:       1                  2                   3                 4                       5

Gross Income:     28,341       38,164      47,987        57,810         67,633

 

Household size:           6                       7                      8

Gross Income:         77,456           87,279             97,102

 

High School Volunteers for the Food Bank

Four volunteer slots are available each Tuesday during our afternoon hours and for the first Saturday of each month when we are open for donations.  The new procedure for high school volunteers to sign up is on the “High School Volunteers” page on this website.