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New Shelf -Stable Food Box Program Available

Now Soliciting Interested Organizations

The Connecticut Department of Agriculture, in partnership with The Salvation Army Southern New England Division, CT National Guard, CT Department of Social Services, and FEMA announce the availability of approximately 30,000 food boxes for emergency feeding networks assisting people and families experiencing food insecurity. Eligible organizations are encouraged to fill out a preliminary interest questionnaire for consideration no later than Wednesday, June 9, 2021.

“Addressing food insecurity remains a top priority as the state reopens,” said Agriculture Commissioner Bryan P. Hurlburt. “As the need for food boxes at testing sites decrease, we are able to restructure that program to address those areas of our state still seeing a steady influx of clients in need of food.”

Organizations not affiliated with a larger food bank network and those who can act as a ‘regional’ food hub to a network of smaller organizations may receive priority. Each box weighs approximately 22 lbs. filled with nonperishable food. The contents vary but include items such as rice and beans, dehydrated milk, mac and cheese, and other canned goods.

Organizations can order by whole pallets only (64 boxes to a pallet). The pallets are sized 4’ x 4’. A one-time delivery for the total boxes requested will be delivered. Multiple trailers can be requested provided your site has adequate storage space.

For more information, please visit or contact Cyrena Thibodeau at or 860-895-3094 with questions.