11% of Connecticut households are "food insecure" - defined by the USDA as one person in that household could not afford balanced meals, cut meals and/or went without a meal.
Food Research and Action Center, 2009
The Eligibility Requirements
If you are a Cheshire resident experiencing a crisis caused by health problems, loss of a loved one, low income or unemployment, you may be eligible to receive assistance through the Cheshire Department of Social Services. If you are not a Cheshire resident, we encourage you to contact 211 Infoline or the Connecticut Food Bank for information about assistance programs in your town.
All individuals and families must complete an application and provide the documents on the Requirements list before the pantry can assist them. To apply, click on the forms* below, print them out and complete them.
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Any Cheshire resident experiencing financial hardship is encouraged to apply for assistance. Eligibility is determined on a case-by-case basis. We take into consideration the entire household’s income and subtract the necessary documented expenses (i.e. housing, utilities, medical bills and co-pays, child care). If you think you may be eligible for assistance, contact Cheshire Department of Social Services.
Once you complete the application and gather the necessary paperwork, contact Cheshire Department of Social Services. Appointments are MANDATORY. The appointment schedule ensures client and applicant confidentiality.
Upon completion of the application process, the applicant's file will be evaluated for eligibility.