About the Friendly Hands Food Bank

The Hand that Feeds Us - A Documentary

This is a school documentary that I made about Friendly Hands Food Bank in Torrington CT. If you care at all about the issue of food insecurity in the United States, please take some time to watch this video for a little more perspective. Big thanks to Karen Thomas and all the staff at Friendly Hands. (Also small correction, on Fridays Friendly Hands is open until 1pm not 1am)

Alex Borelli

Friendly Hands Food Bank, Inc. is the largest food bank in NWCT and has been fighting food insecurity for over 30 years.  Our founder, Maureen MO Hubert, began the food bank out of her home in 1991 by collecting non perishable food items and offering them to neighbors in need.  Since then, the food bank has grown to service NWCT daily with over 34K meals monthly.

In conjunction with CT Food Bank / Food Share standards, we offer nutritious and healthy food options for families, singles and seniors.  Among the many programs we offer, included are backpack filled school supplies, holiday meal baskets and toys ;& gifts during Christmas.

As our tag line reads -- Where Community Comes First - we service not only our clients, but our entire community.  In May, 2020, FHFB introduced the Farmers to Families Food Box program to CT which provided over 1 million pounds of fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and dairy to numerous CT cities and towns.  Our director, Karen Thomas as the CT point person, scheduling trucks across the state feeding the food insecure during the pandemic.

We offer community programs in our spacious facility with meeting and classroom space to assist our clients in career exploration, life skills and other programs.  Our rooms are available for rent to outside organizations and agencies which provides much needed educational opportunities and outreach to CT.

We are all about the SMILES!

Our mission never ends - each and every day we strive to have full shelves to serve our community. That means lots of smiling volunteers!

Words that Warm our Soul

Plenty of good food available for people in need. The process for signing up is simple. Call Friendly Hands Food Bank and make an appointment for you and/or your family. Show up on time. They will give you a form to fill out inside. Wait outside and they will bring you a box of food. If there are items that you don't want just leave them on the table. They are currently offering Thanksgiving dinners, sign up when you get there. Don't be afraid to thank the people who are helping you, it makes their day. Make sure you have a mask!

Melody Brown

Simply put, they are good people just trying to make a difference in the world. I definitely recommend them if you're in need or are fortunate enough to donate.

Fighting For Justice - Fighting for Peace

They are absolutely amazing, friendly, and helpful. They don't make you feel like a loser, or helpless/hopeless. They truly are a great organization that has helped me and my family in these times of SERIOUS financial difficulties without a million questions. You don't even have to b a resident of New Hartford to qualify. Their door is truly open to everyone! God bless and I hope this helps 😊

Nea Restivo

I brought a friend their and they were more than generous to what they gave

Bonnita Caron

Thanks..for all the help..amazing placed for low income family..

Maria Oyola

The people here were very nice when I signed up, I didn't know I was getting food right away, was surprised, but very thankful.

Jane Brousseau

The best place for people in the community to go to for help. The staff is very caring, and owner Mo Hubert is awesome!!!

Lynn Whittaker

Awesome!! Respectful and great place to sign up for if you are low income and need food

Syttorak

Amazing people im very thankful of all the help they've given me and my child god bless

Tasha Denise

They do amazing work that helps so many families.

Sonja Mattson

Helps a lot of families

Marc Petzold

A local "treasure" in Torrington for so many years, they have helped so many people.
On a personal note this organization was always near and dear to my mother

Eric Bruckner

The workers go above and beyond

Diane Walasewicz

"Simple, easy sign up, can't say enough about the friendly staff !"  

Robert F.

"I am amazed at the selection of fresh fruit and vegetables - amazingly helpful"  

Pat W.

"So glad I found Friendly Hands - they have made all the difference in helping me during the pandemic"  

Ginger A.

"A true gem in NWCT - we are blessed all they do for our community" 

Jean P

Friendly Hands Food Bank Leadership

Karen Thomas

Karen Thomas

Executive Director

Karen holds a degree in Business Administration and is a certified etiquette educator.   Karen has been with the food bank in various capacities, board member, donor and volunteer for over 20 years.  Together with the board of directors, they are committed to end food insecurity and serve NWCT needs.

Board of Directors

Dan Hartnett

President, Board of Directors

Charleen Cotton

Vice President

Nancy Sieller

Secretary

Lisa Gosselin

Treasurer

Nancy Riley

Donna Battistoni

Janet Theroux

Kathy Pelkey

Shari Picard

Advisory Board Members

Kevin Bartolotta

State Rep Michele Cook

Susan DePretis

Kenneth R. Thomas