NO FEINSTEIN GRANT THIS YEAR…Marlborough Challenge Updates

Ever since 2002, the Marlborough Food Bank has participated in the Feinstein Challenge which occurred during the months of March and April.  For every food item and monetary donation, the food bank kept a tally.  At the end of April, this information was submitted to Alan Feinstein of The Feinstein Foundation in Rhode Island.  In August of each year, he split one million dollars proportionately according to how many items and monetary donations agencies collected.  During these two months, our community really stepped up to the plate.  Donations came in through food drives at the school and churches, children collecting food in lieu of birthday gifts and community members donating either food or money. Last year, we collected 16,000 items!

As of April 14, 2015, the Food Bank has collected a bit over 8,000 items towards our goal of 16,000.  Please keep those donations coming!

Unfortunately, this year Alan Feinstein has suspended his challenge so that he could concentrate on over 150,000 Feinstein Junior Scholars.  We have “counted” on this challenge every year, not only for the check we receive from the Feinstein Foundation but from the donations we receive from our very generous community.  As the summer months approach, there tends to be more families that rely on the food bank.  We need to be ready!  Please consider supporting us as we introduce the Marlborough challenge this spring.  We will count all donations and keep the community posted on our results.  Let’s work together to beat last year’s total!  Join the fun and consider supporting our local families in need.  Marlborough cares and shares.  Thank you!

Current Requests

Food Bank requests the following donations: cereal, mac n cheese, catsup, mayonnaise , tuna, coffee, teabags, toothpaste, shampoo, maple syrup and pet food.

Home Goods requests donations of gently used or new small kitchen appliances, gently used towels, and sweatshirts.

Please note there is no longer a need for baby clothes or  heavy winter clothes.

The Food Bank is open on Tuesdays from 10 am to noon and from 3:30 to 5:30 pm, and the first Saturday of each month for donations only.  Non-perishable donations can be made in other locations; see the “about” tab, above,  for more details.

Please make sure to only donate items that have not reached their expiration dates. If you would not feed it to your family, please do not donate the item(s).  Opened or cracked items are also not acceptable.

Donate at Marlborough Elementary School, Town Hall and more

DID YOU KNOW that you can donate non-perishable food items or checks at Marlborough Elementary School every day during working hours (school year 8am-4pm: summer 8:30 am-3pm). Under their “Families Feeding Families” program, the administration, staff and students maintain a donation box to support the food bank.  This generous program allows donors the freedom of stopping in at the school office anytime the school is open to make a donation, or sending in items with students on the bus.  Special thanks to teacher Ellen Eastwood, the administration, other faculty and students.

You can also donate non-perishable goods at the box at Town Hall during their posted hours, and at The Shoppes at Marlborough Country Barn, 45 No. Main Street, Marlborough.


The Food Bank managers and volunteers thank these partners for their generous support.

Food Bank of Marlborough Open First Saturday of Each Month

The Food Bank will be open the first Saturday of each month for donations only.  The hours are 10 am to 12 pm.  The Food Bank will be open Saturday, May 2nd, 2015. 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.

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 10:30 to 11:00 am to distribute fresh produce.  The truck is next scheduled to be in Hebron on April 7, 21, May 5, 19 and June 2, 16 and 30th, 2015. Please check the website for the mobile food share truck to confirm:  (type “mobile” in the search box)

Food Bank Weather Policy

The Food Bank of Marlborough follows the closing schedule of Elmer Thienes (Marlborough) Elementary school.  If Elmer Thienes is closed, the Food Bank will be closed.

If unsure of the status of the Food Bank, call 860-295-6008 during open hours.  If the Food Bank is open, a volunteer will answer the phone.  If there is no answer, the Food Bank is closed.  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).

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.

PayPal is Here!

PayPal is here!  Donate to the Food Bank seamlessly via your PayPal account–no more writing/mailing checks!  *Important note:  the Food Bank of Marlborough is sponsored by the Congregational Church of Marlborough.  The Food Bank has 501(c)3 charitable status via this sponsorship.  Your donations will be directly deposited into the Food Bank checking account.  Your donations are fully tax-deductible.