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Monroe Town Hall Offices
7 Fan Hill Road
Monroe, Connecticut 06468

PHONE(203) 452-2800
HOURSMonday - Thursday

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Monroe Food Pantry

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In the instance of inclement weather, the Monroe Food Pantry will be closed if it is announced that Monroe Public Schools are closed. We will not adjust our hours if there is a school delay. If we are closed and you need emergency assistance, please contact the Monroe Senior Center at 203-452-2815, and ask to speak with the Director of Community and Social Services, Henna Ali. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


Coordinator: Kathleen Turner

Mission Statement

To serve the people in our community who are struggling financially in a way that preserves their dignity. To provide a confidential environment that respects an individual’s privacy and acknowledges how difficult it is to ask for assistance. To empower people to be self-sufficient as quickly as possible without placing additional stress on them.

To involve the community in a way that teaches empathy, encourages respect and nurtures compassion. To provide a basis for understanding that the people who use the pantry could be our neighbors and friends who are struggling without our knowledge.


The Monroe Food Pantry provides emergency food for needy individuals and families in Monroe. We distribute food once a month to people who have registered with the Monroe Department of Social and Senior Services. The Pantry provides about a week’s worth of food and other necessary items to more than 250 households per month. Volunteers help sort food, stock shelves, assist people with "shopping” for their groceries at the Pantry and deliver food to people who cannot get to the Pantry on their own. The Food Pantry Coordinator works 19.5 hours per week and relies on volunteers to help with many different tasks to get the work of the pantry done.  


Eligibility for use of the Food Pantry is determined by the Director of Community and Social Services, the Social Services and Elderly Services Coordinator or the Food Pantry Coordinator. More guidelines for eligibility can be found by clicking here.


The Food Pantry is primarily supported by the generous donations of the people in Monroe. We receive donations of non-perishable foods regularly through food drives from the Post Office, schools, churches, businesses and service organizations, as well as from concerned individuals. The pantry is also able to access inexpensive or free food through the Connecticut Food Bank. Financial donations are used to purchase meat, eggs and other items that are not often donated. The Pantry Coordinator makes purchases at Big Y, Stop & Shop and other food providers to leverage the dollars that the Pantry has available to purchase the most food for the least money. Click here to find a list of items that the pantry needs.


Monday: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Thursday: 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 

Saturday: Call for Saturday hours

As we schedule monthly appointments for our clients, we are closed both Wednesday and Thursday the week of Thanksgiving and are closed the whole week of Christmas. We always ensure that our clients are taken care of ahead of time.
If we are closed and you need emergency assistance or would like to drop off a large donation, please contact the Monroe Senior Center at 203-452-2815, and ask to speak with the Director of Community and Social Services, Henna Ali. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


Physical Location

980 Monroe Turnpike (just south of Masuk High School's new entrance) There is a large donation bin for dropping of non-perishable items when the Pantry is closed.

Mailing Address

Monroe Town Hall 
7 Fan Hill Road
Monroe, CT 06468

Phone: (203) 452-2817  


For more information regarding the food pantry, take our fun Trivia Quiz!

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Contact Information

Kathleen Turner
Food Pantry Coordinator
Monroe Food Pantry
980 Monroe Turnpike
Monroe, CT 06468
Phone:(203) 452-2817
Kathleen Turner Email
Food Pantry Email

Hours: Monday 10:00 am - 1:00 pm; Wednesday 9:30 am - 1:00 pm; & Thursday 9:30 am - 1:00 pm & 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Please call for Saturday hours