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Dinner program

 In order to avoid public gatherings of large numbers of people in an enclosed space, DESK is serving all dinners as “grab and go” in take out containers or bags. We are currently serving Sunday through Thursday at 5:00 pm. We do not require any documentation or proof of eligibility or residency.

Weekly food pantry

 DESK’s weekly food pantry is operating during the COVID-19 crisis as pre-prepared “to go” bags. We are open every Wednesday from 2:00 to 3:00 pm. We do not require any documentation or proof of eligibility or residency. Just came! If this time does not work, check out this online list of pantries that are operating during the pandemic. If you are over 60, immunosuppressed, or have tested positive for COVID-19 in recent weeks, consider enrolling in the Pantry-to-Pantry Food Delivery Program (below).

Resource and Welcome CenterThe new Welcome and Resource Center is finally here! We are open Sunday through Friday from 1: 30-4: 30 pm at 266 State Street (between Chapel and Crown). Guests can access the Internet, use a computer, have a cup of coffee or tea and have a snack, chat with volunteers, staff and outreach workers, and connect to services that can help them move beyond homelessness. And volunteers are needed, so take a look at our Volunteering page for more information. To learn more about what DESK is doing and what you can do to help, visit deskct.org/covid19-2.

Our Mission

Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen (DESK) serves the homeless or living in poverty by providing food assistance and services that promote health, community and equity. DESK operates a dinner program, offering a hot meal and bagged lunches, as well as a weekly food pantry and a children’s pantry program during the summer.

Our Vision

DESK expects a day when people come to us not because they have to, but because they want to.


Make a financial contribution, organize a food or clothing drive, and support a place that makes a difference in your community.


Provide your time, efforts, skills, and compassion by scheduling a time to volunteer with us.


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