COVID-19 Greater New Haven Community Resources 

This document was compiled by HAVEN Free Clinic’s Social Services Department to consolidate the resources available in the Greater New Haven area and help our community during this time. Please email hfc.social.services@yale.edu if you have any questions or would like to add to / correct any content.

You can download a pdf version here (last updated 5/8/20). Some resources on this page do not appear on the Spanish version and vice versa.

Phone Hotlines, Resource Guides, Other Websites

Emergency Phone Hotlines:

  • For ANY emergency needs/concerns: call 2-1-1 or text “CTCOVID” to 898211

  • If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms, call the New Haven Health Department Emergency Line Telephone: 203-946-4949

COVID-19 Fact Sheets

CDC COVID-19 Information:

Financial Assistance + Mutual Aid

For Music Industry Workers:

For Service/Restaurant Workers:

For Veterans, Active Duty, Reserves and National Guard:

Food Assistance - New Haven

Maps​

Food resource list for the Greater New Haven area​

Delivered Food Resources

Semilla Food Garage

- for New Haven, West Haven, East Haven, and Hamden residents
  • Sign up

  • Waitlist for food to be delivered (one-time) to a residence 

    • Fresh produce, perishables, and non-perishables

    • Resident will be called when a volunteer will make a delivery 

Pantry to Pantry CFAN

  • Sign up by calling/texting 1-888-910-2960 or emailing intake@cfannnewhaven.org (English and Spanish)

    • Someone will return the call/text in 48 hours

    • Preference to homebound or non-mobile individuals

  • Weekly food deliveries - Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday

  • Must have a phone + constant address

  • More info 

FISH of Greater New Haven

PO Box 8552, New Haven, CT 06531
  • Delivers groceries to those who are homebound and unable to get to a food pantry

    • Currently still performing intakes 

  • Eligibility Requirements:

    • Elderly, disabled, or those going through major medical treatments or who have children going through the same;

    • Hamden, New Haven or West Haven residents only;

  • Application Process:

    • Clients must call the hotline at 203-503-0106 between the hours of 8 and 10 AM, M-F;

    • Messages are not accepted;

    • Clients must speak to a person in order to go through an intake assessment process

Children or Elderly

New Haven Public Schools

- for patients with children in enrolled at a NHPS school
  • Food distribution sites are open for breakfast and lunch pick up Monday through Friday between 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM

    • Families of students will be instructed to go to the site nearest to their residence

Stop and Shop

  • For those over 60 - seniors-only hours from 6:00 AM - 7:30 AM

Food Pantries (New Haven)

Cathedral of Higher Praise

155 Grand Ave. // 203-776-7676
  • As of 3/20/20, food pantry open on 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month, 9:00-10:00 AM

  • Fair Haven residents only

Loaves & Fishes

57 Olive St. // 203-562-2691
  • Food pantry 

    • Fresh food: Fruit, vegetables, meat, etc.

    • Non-perishable items 

    • OPEN: Saturdays 9:00am-10:30am

    • No photo ID needed, Bring your own bags if possible 

  • Sunrise Cafe (breakfast grab & go meals)

    • M-F 7:30-9:30 AM

Centro San Jose

290 Grand Ave. // 203-777-6771
  • Food pantry, last Friday of month, 9 AM - 12 PM

NICE (New Haven Inner City Enrichment Center)

410 Howard Ave // 203-479-0056
  • Food pantry, last Saturday of the month, 11 AM - 1 PM

Mount Hope Recovery Center

565 Dixwell Ave // 203-785-0656
  • Food pantry Fridays 5:30-6:30 PM

Immanuel Missionary Baptist Church

1324 Chapel Street // 203-777-8744
  • Food pantry 4th Saturday of the month, 8 - 9:30 AM

Second Star of Jacob

185 Chapel Street // 203-776-9603
  • Food pantry last Tuesday and Thursday of the month, 9:30 - 11 AM

Women of the Village

26 Charles Street // 203-675-9437 or 203-376-2790
  • Tuesdays 12-2 PM, nonperishable items on 4th Friday of the month 4-6 PM

  • Dixwell residents only, pre-made bags (pantry)

DESK (Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen)

311 Temple Street // 203-624-6426
  • Grab and go meals

    • Monday through Thursday, 5:30-6:30 PM

    • Sunday 4:30-5:30 PM

  • Food pantry (groceries) - Wednesday 2:00-3:00 PM

New Haven Salvation Army

450 George St. //  203-624-9891
  • Food pantry open Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9:30 to 11:30 AM 

  • Customers are asked to stay in the lobby for their pre-packaged groceries

Walk of Faith Church

104 Fairmont Ave // 203-469-5134
  • Food pantry Wednesdays 12:30 - 1:30 PM

First Calvary Baptist Church

609 Dixwell Ave // 203-624-1426
  • Food pantry Fridays 5:30-6:15 PM

Christian Community Action

168 Davenport Ave. // 203-777-7848
  • Must register for pantry on Tuesdays (walk-in) 2 - 3 PM. Priority to families with children or people who are elderly/disabled

    • Mondays through Wednesdays, 9:30 - 11:45 AM, 2 - 3:45 PM

    • Thursdays 10 - 11:45 AM

New Flame Restoration

1415 State Street // 203-843-8831
  • Food pantry, 3rd Thursdays of the month, 5:30 - 7 PM

Vertical Church

296 Blatchley Ave
  • Food pantry, 3rd Saturday, 1 - 3 PM

  • Fair Haven residents only

 

Varick AME Zion

242 Dixwell Ave // 203-624-6245
  • Food pantry 1st Sat of the month, 10 AM - 12 PM

  • Meals Mon 5:30-6:30 PM

Grab & Go Meals (New Haven)

DESK (Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen)

311 Temple Street // 203-624-6426
  • Grab and go meals

    • Monday through Thursday, 5:30-6:30 PM

    • Sunday 4:30-5:30 PM

  • Food pantry (groceries) - Wednesday 2:00-3:00 PM

Varick AME Zion

242 Dixwell Ave // 203-624-6245
  • Meals Mon 5:30-6:30 PM

  • Food pantry 1st Sat of the month, 10 AM - 12 PM

Bethel AME Church

255 Goffe St // 203-865-0514 or 203-915-2947
  • Food pantry 3rd Sat of the month, 10 AM - 12 PM

CSK (Community Soup Kitchen)

84 Broadway // 203-624-4594
  • Grab and go lunch - Monday through Friday, 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

  • Grab and go breakfast - Saturday, 8:00 AM - 9:45 AM 

Loaves & Fishes

57 Olive St. // 203-562-2691
  • Food pantry 

    • Fresh food: Fruit, vegetables, meat; non-perishable items 

    • OPEN: Saturdays 9:00am-10:30am

    • No photo ID needed, Bring your own bags if possible 

  • Sunrise Cafe (breakfast grab & go meals)

    • M-F 7:30-9:30 AM

Believe in Me Empowerment

427 Dixwell Ave // 203-772-2771
  • Food pantry 3rd Thurs of the month, 4-6 PM

Food Assistance - outside New Haven

Bridgeport

The Bishop Jean Williams Food Pantry

4 Worth St Bridgeport, CT 06604 // 203-873-0260
  • Mon & Wed (Intake) Call or fill out online forms available www.parkcityinitiative.org

    • ONLINE FORM ALSO AVAILABLE FOR SENIORS AND INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE PHYSICALLY IMAPAIRED DUE TO COVID-19 FOR DROP OFF BOXES AVAILABLE MON & TUES 

  • Pantry hours are Tue 10AM-2PM and Thurs 1PM-6PM

  • Pantry will operate in a drive-thru drop off capacity 

  • CFB Mobile Pantry Located on Jane Street Every 4th Wed @ 9AM

 

Thomas Merton House

43 Madison Ave Bridgeport, CT 06604 // 203-367-8828 
  • Pantry hours are Mon, Wed, Fri from 10AM-1PM 

 

Salvation Army

30 Elm St Bridgeport, CT 06604 // 203-334-0995
  • Food pantry hours are Mon- Fri 10AM-2PM 

  • You must bring your  ID

 

St. John’s Episcopal Church

768 Fairfield Avenue Bridgeport, CT 06604 // 203-335-2999 
  • Food pantry hours are Saturday 9AM-12PM

 

King’s Pantry

30 Florence St Bridgeport, CT  06607 // 203-335-9255 
  • Food pantry hours are Tues- Fri 10:30AM- 1:30PM

 

Feed the People Food Pantry

301 Bostwick Ave Bridgeport, CT  06605 // 203-260-3953 
  • Food pantry hours are Tues 5PM- 6PM

 

Norma Pfreim Urban Outreach Initiatives

877 Park Ave, Bridgeport, CT, 06604 // 203-335-3107
  • Food pantry hours are Wed 5PM-6:30PM 

  • DIAPER BANK LOCATION AS WELL

 

Black Rock Food Pantry

15 Princeton St Bridgeport. CT 06605 // 203-610-1222
  • Food pantry hours are Sat 9AM- 11:15AM 

  • Must bring valid ID and be a resident of zip code 06605

 

Bridgeport Rescue Mission

1088 Fairfield Ave Bpt. CT 06605 // 203-333-4087 
  • Food pantry hours are Mon, Tu, Thurs, Fri 2PM-3:30PM 

  • You must bring your ID 

  • MEALS SERVED DAILY AT: 6:45AM-7:15AM, 12:30PM-1PM, and 5:30PM-6PM

East Haven

East Haven Food Bank

39 Park Place, East Haven, CT 06512 // 203-467-4668
  • Drive-through food pantry pick up - bring ID

    • Tuesday and Thursday 9 to 11 AM, Saturday 10 AM to 12 PM

 

Hamden

Breakthrough Church & Life Kingdom Ministries

481 Shelton Ave., Hamden, CT 06511 // 203-691-9296
  • Food pantry every Saturday, 12 - 2 PM

 

Ministry of Helps Foundation

308 Morse Street, Hamden, CT 06517 // 203-785-8057
  • Food pantry, daily, 5 - 6 PM

 

St. Ann’s

930 Dixwell Ave, Hamden, CT 06514 // 203-562-5700
  • Food pantry 1st and 3rd Friday, 9 - 11 AM

  • Bring bags

 

Meriden (10 miles from Wallingford)

Meriden Salvation Army

23 St. Casimir Drive, Meriden, CT 06450 // 203-235-6532
  • Food pantry, Monday through Friday, 9 AM - 12 PM

  • Soup kitchen, Saturday and Sunday, 12 - 1 PM

 

Milford

Beth-El Center

90 New Haven Ave, Milford, CT 06460 // 203-876-0747
  • Grab and go meals - lunch + dinner

    • Monday through Friday, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

 

West Haven

WHEAT

674 Washington Ave., West Haven, CT 06516 // 203-931-9877
  • Food pantry open on Tues-Friday, 2:00 PM -4:30 PM; 3rd Saturday of the month, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

  • Must be West Haven resident; bring photo ID + 2 proofs of residence, grocery bags

Housing & Energy Assistance

​Resources

Call the 2-1-1 Hotline for emergency housing!

 

New Reach

153 East St., New Haven, CT (Corporate Headquarters)
  • Shelter for families, women, and children; operates 24/7

  • 203-492-4866 ext. 115: Nikki Barnofski (Chief Program Officer)

Websites + Information

State of Connecticut Homeowner Mortgage + Renter Eviction Info

 

Connecticut Fair Housing Website

State of Connecticut Mortgage and Foreclosure Hotline

1-877-571-2432 (Eng/Span)

 

CT Law Help + Yale Law School Housing Guide

Internet and Phone Data

Free WiFi at home:

Comcast

Spectrum

  • FREE 60 DAY internet households with K-12 students

  • Call 1-844-488-8395 for set up

Free public WiFi:

Comcast

  • Public Xfinity WiFi hotspots for everyone (xfinitywifi)

  • Map

AT&T

  • Public AT&T WiFi hotspots for everyone (att-wifi or attwifi)

Data via smartphone:

Metro PCS, T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T and Comcast

All lifting their unlimited data caps for cell phone subscribers for at least 60 days
  • MetroPCS will allow you to add a free 10GB of mobile hotspot per month

  • T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile are providing customers an additional 20GB of mobile hotspot/tethering service for the next 60 days coming soon

 

Verizon Mobile

  • If you are experiencing hardship because of COVID-19 and cannot pay your Verizon bill in full, they will not charge you a late fee or terminate your service during this difficult period. This policy is currently in effect through May 13, 2020.

  • To qualify, you must let them know that you are experiencing hardship by completing this short form: https://myvpostpay.verizonwireless.com/ui/bill/secure/covid19 

 

Assurance Wireless

  • Through 5/20/2020 Assurance Wireless will provide additional minutes and data to all of our customers

    • Assurance Wireless Lifeline customers will receive

      • Free Unlimited Calls

      • Free Unlimited Texts

      • Plus an additional 6GB Data FREE*

    • Call 888-321-5880 or go to Assurance Wireless

Education Services

Tax Assistance

Tax Deadlines

  • The federal income tax deadine has been extended to 7/15/20

  • The Connecticut income tax deadline has been extended to 7/15/20
     

VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance)

PHONE

Free Simple Return Tax Filing

via United Way of CT and H&R Block

Stress Management

REACH OUT New Haven

  • Provides mental health guidance and can connect you to outsourced hotlines or agencies if needed

 

Disaster Distress Helpline

  • Call 1800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746

  • Provides crisis counseling and support to anyone in the United States who is suffering

 

AA/NA virtual meetings

Free Self-Care App Subscriptions

Managing Anxiety

  1. Pictures: Think of a place that is comforting to you. For 5-10 minutes, use all your senses to imagine the setting in great detail. What do you see around you? What sounds can you hear? What tastes can you try? What can you feel, what is the temperature? What smells are present, how does the air smell?

  2. Breathing exercises: Sit comfortably and place one hand on your abdomen. Breathe through your nose for 4 seconds, deep enough for your hand to rise above your abdomen. Hold the air in your lungs for 4 seconds, and then exhale slowly through your mouth for 6 seconds. Practice for 3-5 minutes.

  3. Mindfulness: a state of unprejudiced awareness and acceptance of what is happening in the moment, including awareness of your own thoughts and feelings. Sit in a comfortable place and start paying attention to your breathing. Observe the physical sensation of air filling your lungs and slowly leaving. When your mind wanders, just watch your thoughts and turn your attention to your breath.

  4. Emotionally: Emotional support system. Maintain family routines in daily life. Take care of your basic needs (sleep, eat well, exercise). Stay connected with others and keep their social networks. Avoid news reports that cause you anxiety or distress. Support others.

  5. Take control and incorporate preventive measures. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with your unwashed hands. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily (eg, Tables, door knobs, light switches, telephones) using disinfectants eg. Eg 4 teaspoons of bleach per liter of water, or> 70% alcohol solutions.