Community Kitchen

Community Kitchen Right here in West Hartford, our neighbors are struggling with food insecurity.  

With our Community Kitchen, launched in 2013,  we're connecting with people in need and putting our values into action. Thanks to the support of our congregation, local donors, and dozens of volunteers, we're getting help to people who need it. 

Food Ministries at the Universalist Church
We serve hot, healthy meals in our 
welcoming dining room; 

We pack and deliver weekend food 
backpacks for at-risk students 
in West Hartford schools;

We distribute fresh produce and meats from the Foodshare mobile pantry; 

We make and deliver sandwiches to
downtown Hartford soup kitchens. 

Our Partnerships Help Donations Go Further 

Through partnerships with local agencies, grocery stores and restaurants, we have access to quality foods that are donated or deeply discounted. We also receive support from local service organizations, agencies, businesses and individuals, including:   

Big Y Panera BreadShop Rite

West Hartford Rotary Club
Boy Scouts Troop 44

Thanks to these partners and our own hardworking volunteers who donate their time, we can deliver our services very efficiently. Your donations go a long way at the Community Kitchen:

$25 buys a hot breakfast for 25 people

$50 will fill 50 backpacks with weekend food for hungry kids

$100 makes 50 hearty, healthy hot lunches

To Make a Donation: 

Your tax-deductible contribution helps us to continue and expand our programs. 

Fern Street Community Kitchen
c/o The Universalist Church
433 Fern Street
West Hartford, CT 06107

Make checks payable to The Universalist Church with the notation “Food Ministry Fund” in the memo section of your check. 100% of your donation will support the Community Kitchen. 


For upcoming dates, check our calendar. 

Foodshare Mobile Truck Delivery
Join us in the church parking lot to help distribute 
fresh produce from our local food bank. 

Every other Monday, year-round
Volunteers arrive by 8:45 AM. 

To volunteer, just show up - no need to sign up. 
More info: 

Community Breakfasts
Volunteers work in the kitchen and serve in the dining room. No cooking experience needed. In Fiske Hall.

Every other Monday, year-round
Cooks and setup teams arrive by 7:30 AM.

To volunteer, please sign up in advance: 

Weekend Food Backpacks
Volunteers work in our kitchen pantry organizing 
supplies & filling backpacks, then deliver to schools. 
We work in the Multi-Purpose Room. 

Wednesdays & Thursdays during 
the school year.
Volunteer hours are flexible.

To volunteer, please sign up in advance:

Food Pantry

Weekly Donation Pickups
Each week, we receive generous donations of baked goods from Big Y and Panera Bread. We need drivers to pick up from locations in Bishop’s Corner and deliver to our kitchen in Fiske Hall.  

Big Y pickup -  every Friday between 11:00 and 1:00 
Panera Bread pickup - every Monday at 7:30 AM  

To join our rotating list of drivers, contact:

"Have a Heart" Sandwiches 
We assemble sandwiches for the House of Bread, 
a soup kitchen in downtown Hartford. We work in 
the Fiske Hall kitchen. 

Tuesdays, 8:45, year round

This program is fully staffed thanks to a dedicated volunteer team.To sign up as a substitute: