PROGRAMS, SERVICES, & CLIENTS
Lunch is served Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm at Community Soup Kitchen, located in Christ Church (84 Broadway).
For more information, including a searchable list of pantries, shelters, housing programs, and other social services, visit https://www.211ct.org/ or simply dial 211.
DESK’s Food Pantry program serves about 1,200 individuals per year. Across all programs, DESK serves approximately 2,300 unique individuals annually.
We also encourage you to check in with our partnering organizations to see what sort of volunteer needs they have available.
DESK is not a “dry facility,” meaning that we do not turn people away if they are intoxicated (though of course use of alcohol or drugs on the premises is strictly prohibited). In addition, many of those who come to us are suffering from a variety of mental health disorders. All this requires sensitivity and maturity on the part of the volunteers. Generally, we say that DESK is a “PG-13 settling.” While there are occasionally volunteers under 12-years of age, this typically happens after a conversation with the parents, who should be prepared to have difficult conversations on the way home.
When it comes to our clients and guests, that’s a different story. At DESK, we are very protective of our clients’ privacy, and we take this obligation seriously. While we work hard to dispel myths and stereotypes that plague people who access food assistance, stigmas persist. In the absence of written permission (Media Release), it is incumbent upon all of us (staff, volunteers, and others) to protect those whose lives may be adversely affected by public testament to their acceptance of the services we offer.