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Open Choice Food Pantry

Food insecurity is the new name for hunger in America, as unprecedented millions of Americans struggle to put food on the table for their families. Borrowing an idea from a recent documentary film about this crisis, A Place at the Table, we are putting a face on these stories from CAANH's Open Choice Food Pantry.  Even though most of our clients work, they are still unable to make ends meet.  Our Food Pantry allows clients to choose the foods they want, rather than making the decision for them, not always the way most pantries operate. Whenever possible, CAANH chooses healthful food items.


Savitra is a working, single mother of two little boys, one 3, the other 2. She receives benefits from WIC (Women, Infants and Children) but no longer receives SNAP (food stamps) benefits—the November 2013 reduction in SNAP eliminated her benefits altogether. For her, the beginning of the month is hardest, "that's when the bills are due." She uses our pantry to make ends meet. 

Senior citizen Maria is raising her three grandchildren, 2 boys and 1 girl. She supplements her Social Security by working part time and receives cash assistance from the state, but not SNAP. Coming to our food pantry is vital to ensure enough food for teenage appetites.


Every year, Community Action Agency's Open Choice Food Pantry distributes more than 30,000 pounds of food.  Through our ChiliFest and grants, we are able to buy the food provided in our pantry.  The current economic situation is creating a greater need now more than ever.  People who've never needed food assistance are now visiting the CAANH Food Pantry.

If you have enough, please help others!!

If you know a school, group or organization who would like to have a FOOD DRIVE, please contact us at 203-387-7700 X220.  We will pick up food from your organization.



 CAANH provides an emergency food supply to eligible low income households in New Haven, once a month by appointment only. Customers can choose what goes into their bag(s) from different food groups (fruits, vegetables, cereals, rice and pasta, tuna, peanut butter, soups, meat as available), rather than receiving a pre-packed bag of food.

Eligibility requirements

  • You must have an Income at or below 235% of Federal poverty guidelines andresidency in the city of New Haven.


  • Required Documentation


  • Photo ID and proof of residency (current utility bill with name and address, apartment rental lease, etc.  

  •  Proof of income (pay stubs, unemployment benefits, Social Security, SSDI, etc.

  •  Proof of number in the household (Social Security numbers and Dates of Birth for each one).



Please schedule an appointment by calling 203-387-7700 X172.  Food Pantry visits occur on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.