The primary needs of mankind are food and shelter; the Branford Food Pantry (BFP) addresses that first need—food. The mission of the BFP is to provide groceries for families in need. We will find a way to help you.

Please read "How to get food " to find out how to qualify for  groceries from the BFP 


The Branford Food Pantry is now accepting cash donations via PayPal on our donations page.


Current Donation Schedule

If you would like to donate to The Branford Food Pantry, please drop off non-perishable food donations on Tuesday morning between 8:30 am -11:00 am, and Friday between 9:00 am -11:30 am. If you are unable to come at these times or have a large donation, please call 203-481-3663 to coordinate a convenient drop off.


COVID19 Impact

Branford Food Pantry Hotline

Effective Tuesday, March 24, 2020 the Branford Food Pantry Hotline will be operational.   The number is 203-315-8251.

Effective immediately the Branford Food Pantry will no longer be open on Tuesday evenings.

 You should use the hotline only to request EMERGENCY grocery deliveries.  We continue to be open during regular hours for grocery pick-up Tuesdays 8:30-11:00 am and Friday 9:00-11:00 am.  All grocery pick-up will be done on a no contact basis. You do not need to bring bags.  They will be provided.

We are taking requests via hotline for emergency grocery delivery within Branford but our ability to deliver food depends on whether or not we have drivers.  You may request food once per week, if necessary.  Delivery is being done on Tuesday and Friday mornings.  We must have your request no later than the day before delivery.  We cannot accommodate same day requests.

If we can make a delivery, we will call you and let you know.  Please note that delivery will be to your outside door ONLY.  Drivers will not come inside for any reason.  If you need help moving your groceries, you will need to find a friend or neighbor to assist you. 

To request food, please speak slowly and clearly, leave your name, address and a phone number where you can be reached for confirmation and contact just prior to delivery.  Our drivers will attempt to reach you as they approach so you can be ready for them.

To volunteer your time, get information about donating or any other reason, please leave your name and number on the hotline and we will get back to you as soon as possible. 


Urgent Need for Food and Monetary Donations

We want to thank all in our community who have recently made donations to the Branford Food Pantry.  The requests for food are growing every day and the food pantry is grateful for any donations you can make to help our community get through these challenging times.  Please consider donating if you can.


Due to Covid 19 virus we will be closed for shopping inside the pantry starting Tues. March 17th.  However, we will pack bags with emergency food supplies and hand them out near the conveyor during our regular service hours.  We will give as much as possible, but it won’t be as usual.  Requests for delivery will be met to the best of our ability but depend on another group to carry them out.  As such, they cannot be guaranteed.  Anyone that is not a regular food pantry client but in need of emergency food should call the Food Pantry (203-481-3663) or email us at for information about signing up.  We will do our best to make sure that no one in Branford goes without food during these extraordinary times.

We feel these measures are necessary to protect both our clients and volunteers and to keep the food pantry open as long as possible.

Updates will be on our phone message and website


Snacks for Kids

  Each week families will receive a bag containing 5 snack items for each child to take to school.  Please help to support this new effort by donating the following:  pudding/jello cups; fruit cups; raisins (small boxes); cereal/granola bars; small bags of chips/cookies/pretzels; snack crackers;  NO NUTS OR PEANUT PRODUCTS.  Thanks for your help in this effort.  


Ongoing Need

  The Branford Food Pantry has a constant need for routine items such as cereal, peanut butter, soup, stew and coffee.  Please consider sponsoring a drive to collect these items.


About the Branford Food Pantry

  The Branford Food Pantry serves the Town of Branford by providing weekly groceries to families in need, and full turkey dinners for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  

© Branford Food Pantry 2011