Amazing Grace
Amazing Grace Food Pantry is a program of St. Vincent De Paul Place.  Amazing Grace offers food free of charge. Amazing Grace is open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 1 to 4 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Individuals and families are invited to shop once a month and receive approximately three days worth of groceries. Families choose the food items they would like that are available at the time. Family member size determines the quantity of food allotted at each visit.

Our comprehensive data entry system provides us with information for families in need of other services including food stamps, energy assistance, WIC, school meals, Husky Part A, Part B, State Administered General Assistance (SAGA), Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Aid to the blind or disabled, Social Security Supplemental .

In 2009, St. Vincent DePaul Place provided approximately 307,000 meals between our Soup Kitchen (Community Assistance Program) and our Amazing Grace Food Pantry. This represents (for the second year in a row) a 15% increase from the previous year. Amazing Grace Food Pantry served 9,456 households which translates to 218,180 meals. Approximately 27,961 food items were distributed to an average of 830 households per month.

Where Does the Food Come From?

  • 40% of all of the food at Amazing Grace is provided by greater Middletown community, organized food drives including the annual U.S. Post Office food drive, and large corporate food drives.
  • 25% of the food comes from our own unique Families Feeding Families program. Families Feeding Families allows churches, businesses, and families to commit to Amazing Grace to provide specific food items once each month, throughout the year. Visit Families Feeding Families to see who in the community is participating. Click here to download a commitment form.
  • 35% of the food is purchased through financial contributions, by St. Vincent De Paul, at .16 per pound from The Connecticut Food Bank.

Our Pantry coordinator, Kathleen Kelly, (860) 347-3222 with many dedicated volunteers, operate the day-to day stocking and distribution of food. If you would like to volunteer at the pantry, make a financial donation or food donation, click on How to Help.

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