The Food Pantry at St. Michael’s

The Pantry at St. Michael’s has suspended its Saturday morning distribution during the pandemic.  We have joined forces with the town of Litchfield and CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) to feed families and individuals in need in a way that limits social contact.  The contents of our cupboards have been donated to the town in support of these efforts, and we are asking our volunteers to offer their free time to the town’s distribution efforts if they are able.  Anyone interested in volunteering for the town can contact Ann Combs, First Selectman’s office  at 860-567-7550 for details and instruction on further requirements. We continue to search for ways to ensure that all who need food can be supplied.

Food donations to the Pantry at St. Michael’s are still welcome and may be left in the back of the church or in the front entrance hall of the church community house. They will be used as needed.  It is our goal and our expectation to open again in the months to come. We will keep you updated. Thank you for your continued support. 
Neighbors Feeding Neighbors

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The Food Pantry at Saint Michael’s is an outreach program of this faith community in collaboration with other neighbors. All are welcome. We are neighbors who nurture each other. We are on a first name basis only, respecting privacy. There is no proof of need. Come for the groceries, a cup of coffee, a bite of a snack, a little conversation, or just to stock up on some companionship.

The Food Pantry first began distributing free groceries in April of 2017 with the intention of helping those struggling to make it through the end of the month when funds typically run low. Since then, the response in both generosity of giving and amount of need has mushroomed. After being open more than a year and a half, we now typically distribute more than a ton of food each month to more than 50 households who take away food for more three times as many individuals in the Litchfield area. Left over perishables are then delivered to area affordable housing and other service institutions.

Fresh and shelf-stable items are distributed from the Community House, every third Saturday of each month from 10:30am-12:30pm. Access to emergency provisions is available at any time, provided on a shelving unit next to the kitchen.The Community House is located just across the driveway from the stone Church.

The Food Pantry includes eight commercial shelving units, two freezers, and a large refrigerator to provide storage. Donations of non-perishables may be left in the Church on the side pews at any time. Fresh  produce, meat, eggs, etc. are also gratefully accepted. Please contact the Church Office (see below) to arrange delivery for perishable items.

New volunteers and financial contributions are also most welcome.

Checks may be made payable to “Saint Michael’s” with “Food Pantry” marked in the memo line. Contact us through the Church Office via email at office@stmichaels-litchfield.org, by phone at 860-567-9465, and by mail at PO Box 248, 06759.

We are entirely supported by neighbors – individuals, organizations, merchants. Our patrons are too numerous to mention here. Generosity abounds. Our guests give us love, life and gratitude. May God continue to bless us all, no exceptions.

-Deacon Amy

“I am over the age of 70 and I never dreamed of myself or any member of my family ever standing in line for food other than in a grocery store. Yet with my adopted daughter, who has had a lifelong struggle with disabling birth defects and illness…And… who is now struggling to live an independent life… Together we found ourselves in line at the food pantry. I sincerely thank you for the kindness and thoughtfulness we experienced here. The generosity was almost overwhelming. To see her spirits lifted was wonderful.  Many thanks.”

~M.L.