Hands On Hartford

  • Make a meal. Change a life.
  • From garden to ... pantry.
  • At our pantry, guests shop.
  • Care begins with health.
  • You make a difference.
  • Backpacks put smiles on faces.
  • Café at Fifty-five now open!

In partnership with you, Hands On Hartford puts caring into action. Here's how:

MANNA Food and Neighborhood Services

MANNA provides basic needs to thousands of individuals in Hartford each month.

HOH Housing

HOH Housing provides supportive services, including case management, counseling, and rental support for people living with complex health issues, including HIV/AIDS, and living in their own apartments.

Community Engagement

Our Community Engagement program connects individuals and volunteer groups to meaningful service opportunities at Hands On Hartford and partnering organizations.

Faces of Homelessness

The Faces of Homelessness Speakers' Bureau is a public education program that works to promote advocacy, understanding, and service.

The Café at Fifty-Five & Caterers Who Care

A café with a cause.
Full-service catering at our place or yours.

Your Kitchen. Your Space.

Our licensed commercial kitchen is available for shared use membership, and convenient and comfortable meeting spaces are available for your next meeting or event.

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Upcoming Events

Foodshare’s Walk Against Hunger

September 19th, 2020 - And All Summer Long, ending September 13-19

Join the team in our fight against hunger and food insecurity in Hartford.  This is a great way to connect with close family and friends and be a part of an extended network in the community to support Hands On Hartford’s MANNA Food Programs.  The Walk this year is a virtual event, so everyone can […]

News and Views

The Power of a Helping Hand

June 10th, 2020

In honor of Partnership for Strong Community’s Heroes of Housing and Homelessness Week, we share this story of the difference a helping hand and a little persistence can make in the lives of our neighbors. “Lena” came for breakfast at our Community Meals Program and reached out in a panic for help with her housing […]

With an Aching Heart and a Renewed Commitment

June 4th, 2020

I simply can’t let another day go by without acknowledging the pain around the horrific murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, another senseless loss of life in a too long list of lives cut short. I know I’m not alone at Hands On Hartford in feeling the profound heartache and anger over racism and ongoing […]

Prudential Financial Supports Hands On Hartford

May 26th, 2020

Hands On Hartford has received a $28,000 grant from Prudential Financial to support the agency’s mission and recognize its “heroic efforts” to address the needs of those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  “We are so grateful for this very generous support from Prudential Financial,” said Barbara A. Shaw, Executive Director of Hands On Hartford.  “In […]