Food Cupboard

Due to the Coronavirus, the Food Cupboard clients will no longer be allowed in the cupboard to shop, but instead clients will receive a pre-packed bag of food to provide at least some food assistance. New clients will still need to register. 

*The new ShopRite grocery store in Vernon at 35 Talcottville Road is selling $5 and $10 bags of food that contain most needed items for the Cornerstone Food Cupboard. The Cupboard will pick up the bags and will also periodically send an update of the most needed items to ShopRite. This is a new and exciting partnership!

Thank you ShopRite!

Cornerstone Food Cupboard

The Food Cupboard is located at 3 Prospect Street in the back.

Phone: (860)375-8053


Lee Hay, Director



It is open to clients on:


  • Tuesday 9:00 AM – Noon

  • Saturday Noon – 2:00 PM

Donations are gladly accepted! If the Food Cupboard is closed, donations may be dropped off at the Soup Kitchen at 15 Prospect Street.


The Cornerstone Food Cupboard Client’s Introduction:


The Food Cupboard is run by a group of volunteers who are committed to contributing their time and energy to assist those in our communities who are in need of some extra help.


Much of the food we offer comes from FoodShare, the food distribution center for food pantries and soup kitchens in Hartford and Tolland counties. FoodShare provides free food from the federal government and other food at significantly reduced prices that we can purchase with donated funds.

We also receive food donations from individuals, civic organizations, churches, and stores. And, of course, The Food Cupboard is a service of and is supported by the Cornerstone Foundation.


The Food Cupboard provides food assistance to those needing some extra help who meet the federal guidelines for food assistance. We are not able to provide all the food a family/household may need, but we hope the food we can provide makes a difference.


To be eligible to receive food from the Food Cupboard, a client must register by completing the Food Cupboard registration form. The form requires the following information: 

1. Client’s name, address, and phone number


2. The total number of individuals living in the household and the following information about the household members.


  • The number of children (ages 0-17), adults (ages 18-59), and seniors (ages 60+) in the household


  • The number of males and females in the household


  • The race/ethnicity of the household members.

3.  Household Income:  The Federal Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) provides a significant amount of food to the Cupboard. Thus clients must attest that their household is eligible for food from the Cupboard because the maximum total income of their household is not more than is listed on the registration form for a household of their size.

Note that all Cupboard clients must be residents of Connecticut, and all clients must reregister each July per federal requirements.


The registration form is available at the Cupboard or may be downloaded by clicking here.

This form must be filled out each year for each household and signed by the head of the household. By signing the form, the head of household declares that the information provided is correct and accurate.

The form is available at the Food Cupboard, or may be downloaded here:

Client Registration Form 2020-2021

Client Registration Form in Spanish 2020-2021

SHOPPING (due to Covid-19, no shopping until further notice)

A client may obtain food at the Food Cupboard once a week. The client or a member of the client’s household must check in at the computer desk at the Cupboard, show a driver’s license or some other form of printed identification, and sign the check-in form.
The amount of food a client may obtain for the household depends on the number of members of the household.
• A SMALL household consists of 1-3 household members.
• A LARGE household consists of 4 or more household members.
When done shopping, the client must check out at the check-out desk.


• Clients are not permitted to reach into the refrigerator or freezer. This is a safety issue.
• Cupboard volunteers are not permitted to carry clients’ food up the driveway to the street level.



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