“Food is not an option,” Bill Pappas
Monday 3 pm ~ 6 pm
Tuesday 9 am ~ 1 pm
Wednesday 3 pm ~ 6 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 single 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 is no longer 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 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
Master’s Manna Celebrates the Re-Opening of the Family Dining Area
WELCOME! Master’s Manna, Inc. invites you and your family to our newly reopened Family Dining Area where – “Everyone Deserves a Good Meal!”
The Family Dining Area is open to serve everyone. No preregistration is required. Breakfast and lunch are served each Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00am to 1:00pm (breakfast from 9:00-11:00am / lunch from 11:00am to 1:00pm). Wednesday a full meal is served from 3:00 to 6:30pm.
While individuals are seated for one meal at each setting, there are no restrictions for the number of weekly or monthly visits made to the Family Dining Area. We encourage diners to sit, relax, and enjoy our hearty and diverse meals. Take home meals are still available to those who remain concerned about public dining due to the recent pandemic.
Due to COVID, seating has been configured to allow social distancing. Currently diners enter the Family Dining Area through the Front Entrance at the center of the building, sign in and receive your meal at the cafeteria style service area. Once you have finished your meal, please exit through the same entrance. If seating is full in the Dining Area, you will be asked to remain seated in your car or outside at the picnic table. When space opens up, you will be notified.
Meals are always planned and freshly prepared in our fully licensed commercial kitchen. We plan to post weekly menus in the near future.
Master’s Manna Marketplace
Due to COVID-19, the Marketplace is currently closed. Donations of clothing will not be accepted at the facility until further notice.
Master’s Manna currently accepts donations of winter coats, jackets, hats, gloves and scarfs for men women and children at the facility located at 428 South Cherry Street in Wallingford. These donations will be accepted Monday through Friday from 9am to noon.
Arrangements have been made to accept general clothing donations (used or gently used) for men women and children at an offsite location. Clothing may be dropped off as follows:
Where: 171 North Street in Wallingford. Signage will direct you.
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 sincerely “Thank you !” for your donations and your understanding !
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 facility appointments re 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 supports “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 CHC 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 on a full time basis.
- 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
- Socially acceptable behaviors
In the event you are a Wallingford resident and 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 in the event they are unable to get outside to shop for food. Home delivery food boxes are prepared for delivery each Friday.
A preliminary interview and possibly a 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 individual(s) are made. Once the interview is conducted and approved, the recipient is added to the Friday delivery schedule.
This service may be arranged for a short term for those recovering from surgery, illness or injury as examples. However, when and/or if the need is greater, this service can be arranged for either a longer period of time, or for a permanent basis.