Our Programs

food pantryPappas Family Food Pantry 

   “Food is not an Option,” Bill Pappas

SHOPPING HOURS
Monday 3 pm ~ 6 pm
Tuesday 9 am ~ 1 pm
Wednesday 3 pm ~ 7 pm
Thursday 9 am ~ 1 pm

Our Food Pantry is “user friendly” or, as we say, “a food pantry of choice”. Our “shoppers” are able to select the food most needed, enjoyed and culturally correct for their homes. There is always a variety of food choices from fresh produce, breads, dairy products, meat, fish, etc.   The selections change day to day as donations are received.

Registration is the one simple requirement is for any household that seeks to utilize this food pantry.  We simply require the following: proof of residency and identification for each person living in the home. Homeless individuals do not need to provide a current address; but we do ask for the town of their last permanent address. Once registered, EVERYONE shops for food pantry services or marketplace items by appointment only.

Acceptable IDs are any photo ID, birth certificates, passports, crib card, social security card or State ID.

No one is turned away from receiving food. In the event an individual lives outside of the greater Wallingford/Meriden community three (3) shopping opportunities will be scheduled. During this period all attempts will be made to locate resources closer to the individual’s home.

Our Meriden “shoppers” are required to utilize the Meriden food pantries PRIOR to shopping at the Pappas Family Food Pantry at Master’s Manna, Inc.; and MUST provide a letter from the Meriden food pantry to verify this action.  Shopping appointments for Meriden residents at Master’s Manna are scheduled every other week.

All other “shoppers” have access to the Food Pantry on a weekly basis.

PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING BAGS for your GROCERIES.

family dining centerFamily Dining Center

WELCOME and please come HUNGRY!

Master’s Manna, Inc. WELCOMES you and your family to our Family Dining Area.

   “Everyone Deserves a Good Meal!”  Susan Collins

The Family Dining Area is open to serve our guests every Tuesday through Thursday from 9:00am to 1:00pm, and on Wednesday 3:00pm to 7:00pm. There are no restrictions for the number of visits people can make to the Family Dining Area. We encourage diners to sit, relax, socialize and make friends.  Our meals are hearty, diverse, always planned and  freshly prepared in our fully licensed commercial kitchen.

Master's Manna marketMaster’s Manna Market

The Marketplace at Master’s Manna is exactly that!

Based upon donations received, there may be an abundance of clothing, housewares, toys,

personal hygiene items, school supplies, collectables, necessities and some things that just make you smile for selection. Variety, sizes, amount and availability of items change daily based upon donations received.

The Market is open to registered shoppers Monday and Wednesday mornings from 10am to noon by appointment.  Emergencies are managed on a case by case basis.

Laundry & Shower

Master’s Manna is equipped with an industrial washer and dryer for use by our registered clients. Our clients are allowed to schedule appointments for two loads of laundry weekly.  Laundry detergent and essential laundry aids are provided – no quarters required!  Laundry facilities are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and are not scheduled during Family Dining hours to assure hot water is available when required by the kitchen.

Our current facility is not equipped with a capacity for showers. Shower arrangements for our clients have been made through a letter of referral from Master’s Manna, Inc. to the Wallingford Family Y.   The “Y” has a grant system which pays for limited memberships that provide our clients with shower and limited facility privileges.

 

community health centerCommunity Health Center

For those individuals that are homeless, near-homeless, have little or no insurance and are in need of a primary medical home, CHC is here to assist. Appointments made be made for any Monday from noon to 3pm; Tuesday from 8:30am to 5pm. This is NOT a walk-in clinic or emergency clinic. This point of service will become your “medical home” as the physician, APRN and staff become your primary care givers. 

As open days and hours are subject to change, we encourage you to call Melissa at 860-622-1517 to make your apppointment.

 

Vocational & Educational Training

At Master’s Manna there is no shortage of skills that may beicet
obtained or honed. Currently there are stellar individuals from:

  • Venture Academy
  • Ben Haven School
  • High Roads Academy
  • I.C.E.-T. Program Lyman Hall
  • Alternative Incarceration
  • R.E.M.
  • ACES
  • ARC

Areas of learning and training include and are not limited to:

  • Food prep
  • Data entry
  • Record keeping
  • Inventory control
  • Facility Maintenance
  • Merchandising
  • Housekeeping
  • Sorting and hanging clothing
  • Quality control
  • Vehicle maintenance
  • Budgeting
  • Job interview role playing
  • Socially acceptable behaviors

Home Delivery

In the event you are unable to shop for yourself and require food deliveries to your residence, please call (203) 678-3042 to speak with the Food Pantry Manager.

Wallingford households are welcomed and encouraged to use this service. Home delivery of food boxes are prepared every Friday morning by the I.C.E.-T. Students from Lyman Hall. Throughout the day, Ben Haven students pick-up the food boxes and provide delivery to our homebound clients.

Both a preliminary interview and home visit are required prior to initiating homebound food delivery service. This interview provides Master’s Manna with information necessary to assure appropriate food choices for the homebound individual are made. Once the interview is conducted and approved, the recipient is added to receive student deliveries of food to their home.

This service may be short term for those recovering from surgery, illness or injury as examples.  However, when/if the need is greater, this service can be arranged for a more permanent basis.