The Food Cupboard is open twice a month (second and fourth Saturdays) from 9:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Food distributions are conducted at Safe Net Headquarters, 86 Main Street, Stafford Springs.
In January 2010 Safe Net Ministries opened the Safe Net Food Cupboard at 68 Main Street in Stafford Springs, CT. The Food Cupboard was relocated to 86 Main Street February 2011. This Food Cupboard serves Stafford and Union residents and any member of their congregations.
In 2014 Safe Net distributed 164,964 pounds of food to 150 families that represents 430 people, of which 156 are children and 43 are seniors. Over the past five years, the Food Cupboard has distributed a total of 622,390 pounds of food. An average distribution takes a 173 volunteer hours to perform. In 2014, the Food Cupboard started to deliver food to Avery Park shut-ins (currently 12 people).
BREAKFAST AND BEYOND – The team also continued a program for children during August called “Breakfast and Beyond.” Children were able to pick up a bag of food for breakfast and snacks for later in the day. We distributed 600 lbs. of food. This filled a void after the town recreational programs ended.
BACKPACKS WITH SCHOOL SUPPLIES – For the Food Cupboard team also distributed over 100 backpacks to children with school supplies appropriate to their grade levels and juice and snacks. This not only helps the children, it also assists the teachers, many of whom purchase school supplies with their own money.
HALLOWEEN ON MAIN STREET – The Food Cupboard participated in this town-wide event.
THANKSGIVING – We also distributed 226 turkeys (including 76 Avery Park residents) this Thanksgiving along with the fixings.
CHRISTMAS STOCKING STUFFERS – The Food Cupboard provided goodies for 163 children.
Increased community support was exhibited by food collected by local food drives: Feinstein challenge; Postal Food Drive; TTM; and the food donated by private collections. In 2014 it cost $55,695 to operate the Food Cupboard.
Safe Net is a Foodshare partner which enables us to obtain food at an average cost of 17 cents a pound. According to Foodshare the Safe Net Ministries Food Cupboard is one of the top performing cupboards in their network. This is a remarkable advantage to Safe Net in meeting our goal of eliminating hunger in our town. There is no reason someone should be hungry in Stafford or Union! Qualification for food stamps (or as it is now called SNAP) is 185% of poverty; however Safe Net is able to distribute to families at 235% of poverty. This enables us to assist those who fall just short of the mark, along with those on SNAP and other state and federal programs. We do this at no cost to the people we serve. Safe Net’s primary mission is to assist those whose income is just a little over the cut off for services. All we require is that prospective recipients come to the Food Cupboard with a picture ID and fill out a self-declaration of income form.
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