Hands On Hartford

  • Make a meal. Change a life.
  • From farm 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

Walk Against Hunger 2019

April 27th, 2019 - 10:00am (8:00am sign-in)

Join us at Foodshare’s 2019 Walk Against Hunger! Why:  Support thousands of folks we serve through the MANNA Community Pantry, Community Meals day and meal program, and the Backpack Nutrition Program for Hartford kids How:  Join the Hands On Hartford team or form your own team.  Either way, when you register for the Walk, choose […]

News and Views

2019 Volunteer Recognition Event

March 8th, 2019

Yesterday’s Volunteer Recognition Event was both fun and moving, as we celebrated the tremendous accomplishments and commitment of the many devoted Hands On Hartford volunteers.  Award winners this year were Meghan Chasse (R. Regner and Carolyn S. Arvidson Exemplary Volunteer Award), Prudential (Corporate Volunteer Award), The Gengras Center School (School Volunteer Award), Temple Beth Hillel […]

Hands On Hartford Appoints New Board Members

February 14th, 2019

Hands On Hartford has appointed five new members to its Board of Directors:  Daniel A. Arsenault, a resident of Hartford, is a Senior Director with O’Neill and Associates; Christopher D. Brechlin, a resident of Meriden, is Senior Program and Data Analyst with Connecticut Housing Finance Authority; Brian Neary, a resident of Simsbury, is Vice President […]

Not Goodbye, but See You Soon

September 16th, 2018

Serika Walker recently completed two years of service here at Hands On Hartford as an AmeriCorp VISTA Member.  For the last year she has served as a VISTA Leader on the Hartford Thrive! Project, a multi-agency VISTA project here in Hartford.  She has made a huge difference in the lives of many of our Hartford […]