News about hunger, food resources & solutions in Hamden

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One in eight Hamden adults and one in six children do not get enough food to eat, according to the United Way.

We are reporting on the challenge of getting enough food to eat in Hamden and the solutions that local leaders hope will resolve this problem. We are students in Quinnipiac University’s School of Communications working with the New Haven Independent and The Listening Post Collective.

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Voices of the M.L. Keefe Community Center

The center offers a food pantry, community dinners and support for families. Three Keefe Center clients shared what the center means to them and how they arrived at its steps.

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Finding support at a mobile food pantry

For the last year the Connecticut Food Bank, the United Way of Greater New Haven and Christ the Bread of Life Parish have worked together host a monthly mobile food pantry in Hamden.

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Many who need food services don’t know where to get them

Among Hamden residents who worry that their food will run out, only 40% know where to find food support services, according to the United Way. To address this public information need, we created this map and keep it updated to show food bank and pantry locations, including dates, times and requirements.

See the map →


Food banks + pantries + summer meals for kids run almost daily

Hamden churches, food banks and mobile pantries support hundreds of people in the community each week, nearly every day of the week. We are updating this calendar each month with food service locations, including dates, times and requirements.

See the calendar →


Text us for more information.

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Visit our story booth

This privacy booth has been converted into a small recording studio for residents to record and share stories, ideas and news tips. Every few weeks we’ll post a new question for you to respond to.

Your audio or text response may be used in news stories that will be published here or on The New Haven Independent’s website. See recent recordings from residents here.