WHPS Local Community Resources

Summer 2020

WHPS Grab & Go Breakfast and Lunch Distribution Information

WHPS Grab & Go Meals and Community Food Programs

You may be thinking about what WHPS children will do for meals while school is out. The good news is that the U.S. Department of Agriculture partners in local communities to serve free bagged meals. It’s food that’s in, while school is out. There are no income requirements, and any student of the West Hartford Public Schools (WHPS) may enjoy a bagged breakfast and/or lunch. The following outlines information about WHPS Nutrition Services’ “Grab and Go” pick-up meal service and community food programs.


WHPS ‘Grab and Go’ Pre-packaged Breakfast & Lunch Bags

Fresh and frozen, pre-packaged, and shelf-stable breakfast and lunch bags will be provided for pick-up as follows below. Please remember to practice safe physical distancing of at least 6 feet apart from others while picking up food bags.


DAYS: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays


TIMES: 11:00 AM -12:30 PM


West Hartford Summer Grab and Go Sites:


  • Charter Oak Int'l Academy 425 Oakwood Ave (use Flatbush Ave entrance) 860-233-8506.
  • Hillcrest Avenue Neighborhood Outreach Center Located at 105 Hillcrest Avenue
  • Smith STEM School, 64 Saint James Street, (School Parking Lot) 860-236-3315
  • Whiting Lane Elementary School 47 Whiting Lane, WH 860-233-8541


Grab and Go Breakfast Bags

  • Milk (shelf-stable)

  • Dry cereal

  • Dried fruit

Grab and Go Lunch Bags

  • Milk (shelf-stable)

  • Fresh vegetable or vegetable juice

  • Cupped fruit

  • Pre-Packaged Sandwich: (Uncrustables sunbutter & jelly OR deli meat & cheese OR nutritious alternate)

  • Hot meals (distributed cold with reheating instructions) are now being included in Grab and Go lunch bags.


Hartford Resident Summer Grab and Go Sites- At 17 locations


For more information about student “Grab and Go” pre-packaged meals, please call or email Roszena Haskins at roszena_haskins@whps.org / 860-561-6906.

Additional Food Programs

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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

To apply for SNAP benefits by phone, online or by mail:


  • FoodShare (860) 286-9999 Ext. 104 (takes approximately 30 minutes)
  • End Hunger CT! (866) 974-7627 (takes approximately 30 minutes)
  • CT DSS (855) 626-6632 online at https://portal.ct.gov/dss or by mailing application to DSS Scanning Center, PO Box 1320, Manchester, CT 06045-1320


Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)


Elementary resources:https://www.smore.com/etgwj-whps-online-resources

Secondary resources: https://www.smore.com/agzj9-whps-online-resources

Pupil Services resources: https://www.smore.com/1vxr6

Library resources: http://www.westhartfordlibrary.org/services/ebooks_eaudio.asp


For absolutely all other inquiries, requests, needs, please contact Roszena_Haskins@whps.org or 860-561-6906.

To Donate Non-Perishable Food, Gift Cards or Money


  • Food Donations should be made to West Hartford Food Pantry. WHPS Grab and Go sites will accept food donations and deliver them to WH Food Pantry for distribution.


  • Gift Card Donations- Growing Great Schools has partnered with the schools nurses and social workers of the West Hartford Public Schools to provide gift cards for groceries and other daily living expenses for families in need. All donations at this time will be directed to the purchase and distribution of these gift cards to help ease the burden in our community caused by the current pandemic. Please use this link to make Online Donations. Any amount can help! Questions can be directed to Liz Isaacs at episaf@comcast.net.


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