The food pantry is available for people residing in Manchester who are experiencing financial hardship.
(Please note effective October 28, 2019 – Hours are changing. See below for details.) The pantry is open for food distribution on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 12:00 p.m. through 1:00 p.m. as well as Thursdays from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
The bread line is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1:30 p.m. and Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. while quantities last. (No residency requirement)
Families and individuals can utilize the pantry one time per month and receive pre-packed groceries based on the number of individuals residing in the household. Choices of fresh fruits, vegetables, meats and bakery items are also available based on family size.
The bread line is open following the pantry distribution times. Clients using the pantry and others can come and get bakery and perishable items. Pantry clients may access the bread line as frequently as necessary.
Hours of operation: Effective Monday, October 28, 2019, our Food Pantry Hours and Breadline Hours will now be:
Monday: Food Pantry: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Bread line: 1 p.m.
Tuesday: Breadline only 12 p.m.
Wednesday: Food Pantry: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Bread line: 1 p.m.
Thursday: Food Pantry: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Bread line: 1 p.m. **
Friday: Food Pantry: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Bread line: 1 p.m.
Please note: Monday – Friday: Entry to building starting at 11:30 a.m.
**Please note, effective October 28, 2019, we will no longer be open Thursday evening for food pantry access, but instead Thursday at 12 p.m.
First time clients
Those accessing the food pantry need to bring current photo identification, proof of their residence in Manchester, proof of income (pay stub, earnings statement or bank statement), and birth certificates or health insurance cards for any children residing in the household.
How Hunger Affects Even Those With Affordable Housing
In Manchester, affordable housing is extremely limited. According to the American Friends Service Committee, rents in the southern half of New Hampshire have increased as much as 37% over the last 5 years. Coupled with high utility rates, gasoline prices and the lack of living wage jobs; families and individuals can become “food insecure” very quickly. Food insecurity is the condition where a household has little or no money left over after paying other living expenses, to purchase food. For children living in these households it means a great disadvantage in learning. Children with poor nutrition have a more difficult time concentrating in school and are at risk for weakened immune systems. Poverty and hunger are real concerns in Manchester.