“Food is not an option,” Bill Pappas
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.
As we continue to exercise caution during the COVID-19 global health crises, we have employed a hybrid style food pantry. While we continue to provide a number of “choice” selections, a portion of each shoppers weekly groceries are prepacked to promote efficiencies of time and safety measures.
Registration is the one simple requirement for any household that seeks to utilize this food pantry. We simply require identification for each person living in the home and proof of residency. Acceptable IDs are any photo ID, driver’s license, passport, birth certificate, passport, health card, social security card or State of Conn ID. A recent utility bill, lease or rent receipt may be presented to establish proof of residency. (Generic mail can no longer be accepted as proof of residency) A current address is not required for homeless individuals; but we do ask for the town of their last permanent address or shelter.
Once registered, EVERYONE shops for food pantry services or marketplace items only by appointment.
No one is turned away from receiving food. In the event an individual lives outside the greater Wallingford/Meriden community and is experiencing a food emergency – a simple call to the Food Pantry Manager at the facility [(203)678-3402] will initiate assistance. Shopping arrangements at the Food Pantry will be made. Then every attempt will be made to locate resources closer to the individual’s home.
PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR GROCERY BAGS.
Family Dining Center
Due to COVID-19, the Family Dining Area is currently closed.
In the meantime, take home meals are provided to shoppers during their Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday shopping appointments. We are eager for the time when we can post a date to announce the re-opening date of the Family Dining Area.
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 Marketplace
Due to COVID-19, the Marketplace is currently closed. We will not be taking donations of household items or clothing at the facility until further notice.
Arrangements have been made to accept clothing donations (used or gently used) on a short term basis from Jan 1, 2021 until June 1, 2021.
For the next four months clothing will be accepted at an off site location.
Where: 190 South Main Street in Wallingford
When: Each Thursday from 10am to 1pm
Packaging: We ask that all donations be brought to the site in 13 gal plastic bags – Please do not bring donations in boxes or on hangers.
We say “Thank you !” for both your donation and your understanding !
At some time we will return to a Marketplace at Master’s Manna that is exactly that – a Marketplace!
Based upon donations received, selections may include (but not be limited to) 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.
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.
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 a “limited” memberships that provide our clients with shower and limited facility privileges.
Community 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 appointment.
Vocational & Educational Training
Due to Covid-19, this resource will not be available until Students are able to return to in=person classes full time.
- Venture Academy
- Ben Haven School
- High Roads Academy
- I.C.E.-T. Program Lyman Hall
- Alternative Incarceration
Areas of learning and training include, but are not limited to:
- Data entry
- Food prep
- Record keeping
- Inventory control
- Facility Maintenance
- Sorting and hanging clothing
- Quality control
- Vehicle maintenance
- Job interview role playing
- Socially acceptable behaviors
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 if they are unable to get outside to shop for food. Home delivery food boxes are prepared to be delivered each Friday morning. .
Both a preliminary interview and home visit may be required prior to initiating home-bound food deliveries. This interview provides Master’s Manna with information necessary to assure appropriate food choices for the home-bound individuals are made. Once the interview is conducted and approved, the recipient is added to the Friday delivery schedule.
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 longer period of time, or on a permanent basis.