Tri-Town Hunger Action Team

(Vernon, Ellington & Tolland, CT)

What is a Hunger Action Team?

Hunger Action Teams (HATs) are coalitions that bring people from across a community together to develop local solutions to hunger. HATs are at work in towns and neighborhoods across the region – leveraging local resources and relationships to raise awareness about hunger, connect services to make it easier for people to get help, and launch new initiatives that strengthen each community’s capacity to meet local needs. This comprehensive solution to hunger requires seeking out new avenues of collaboration to create the greatest possible impact. HAT members include individuals struggling with hunger, nonprofit organizations, town government, the faith community, local businesses, food donors, and concerned individuals. Check out this article from a Foodshare newsletter that highlights the power of Hunger Action Teams.

Join Your Local Team!

HATs are hard at work in towns and neighborhoods throughout Hartford and Tolland counties. Learn where these groups are making life better for the people we serve and join your local team.

  • Browse our calendar of upcoming meetings, or check out the Meeting Minutes from some of our past meetings.
  • As a Hunger Action Team member, you will begin by asking “Why are people hungry in our community and what can we do to make it better?” Learn more about your role >
  • Foodshare’s Partnership Program makes funding available to explore new ideas to increase access to healthy affordable food in our community. In short, a great way to test new ideas from the HATs.
  • Take a look at our HAT map to see where our current Hunger Action Teams are located.

Mobile Foodshare

Find Help

Mobile Foodshare Schedule: Click Here for a list of Mobile Foodshare sites, sorted by town, that are open to anyone in need of food assistance.

Most sites are open once every two weeks. Food choices vary from week to week but usually include several types of fresh produce. Please remember to bring a bag or box with you to carry your food. You can also call our 24-hour phone line at 860-856-4321 to find out where the Mobile Foodshare truck will be. To receive the Mobile Foodshare schedule on your cell phone text FOODSHARE to 85511.

About Mobile Foodshare

Mobile Foodshare is a pantry-on-wheels that brings fresh produce and other food to our neighbors in need at community sites throughout Hartford and Tolland counties. The program increases access to healthy food and nutrition throughout the region serving an average of 15,000 visitors each month.

Partnering with community based organizations, including community centers, senior and low-income housing complexes, houses of worship, and human service providers, last year Mobile Foodshare distributed nearly four million pounds of food to over 60 different locations.

Hunger Action Team (HAT) Meetings:

Held at:
Oasis, (formerly Bev’s Corner) – Union Church North Annex
3 Elm Street
Rockville, CT 06066


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Sarah Hill

 What is a Hunger Action Team (HAT) all about?

A Hunger Action Team is a group of individuals and organizations, working in collaboration, to end hunger in a designated community. Members include individuals struggling with hunger, local businesses and food donors, town government, nonprofit organizations, the faith community, the school system, and concerned individuals. They begin by asking “Why people are hungry in our community and what can we do to make it better?”
What are the obligations of a team member?
Team members meet on a regular basis, usually monthly, for one to two hours. They discuss issues and obstacles that keep people from getting the help they need. They determine steps to solve these issues and take action steps to work on between meetings. Each member determines how much time they have to contribute aside from meetings and select action steps based on their desire and ability. Team members typically do work outside of meetings from an average of one hour to ten hours per month.

A short video about Cornerstone directly from those who appreciate the help they have received and how they now ‘give-back” to others!
Created with support from the Hunger Action Team and FOODSHARE

Mobile Foodshare is an outdoor food distribution for persons of low income. The food choices vary from week to week but usually include bread and several types of fresh produce. Other items may also be offered depending on availability.
This was filmed at one of our local sites, Tolland Congregational Church.

The HVCC Food Pantry not only provides numerous families with much needed food, but it also provides our volunteers and employees with a great sense of appreciation. Take a minute to watch the video below and see how our volunteers feel about working in our pantry.


Ending Hunger Through Community Involvement

Our Mission: The Hunger Action Team (HAT) brings together local government, schools, faith groups, businesses, nonprofit service providers and concerned residents to eliminate the problem of hunger in our community.   We collaborate to maximize available resources and work to identify any gaps in service. Our goal is to provide workable solutions to ensure that no resident goes hungry.

The Vernon Hunger Action Team (HAT) is now the Tri-Town HAT which includes Vernon, Ellington, and Tolland. We are looking for new members to join our efforts to alleviate hunger in the Tri-Town area.


HVCC Food Pantry

Hockanum Valley Community Council, Inc. (HVCC) provides services to individuals and/or families in a manner which will promote independence while assuring that basic needs are met regardless of ability to pay.HVCC-Food_Pantry

The HVCC Food Pantry is an emergency food source for residents of Vernon, Tolland, and Ellington, South Windsor and Coventry. The food is free to individuals who meet income and residency requirements. Over 1,400 families were served by HVCC during 2013.

Hours are: Call first to confirm!

Monday 3pm – 6pm
Tuesday 9am – 12pm
Wednesday 9am – 12pm and 3pm – 6pm
Thursday 9am – 1pm
Closed Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

29 Naek Road, Suite 5C
Vernon, CT 06066
Administration & Pantry: (860) 872-7727
Fax: (860) 870-6644
Transportation: (860) 870-7940

Cornerstone Food Cupboard

Hours are:

Tuesdays from 9 am – 12 noon
Saturdays from 12 noon – 2 pm

3 Prospect Street (rear)
Vernon-Rockville, CT 06066
Phone: (860) 871-1823
Fax: (860) 896-5057

Cornerstone Soup Kitchen

Over the past 35 years, The Cornerstone Soup Kitchen has served hundreds of thousands of free meals. We have been, and continue to be, a grassroots Soup-Kitchen“safety net” for thousands of adults and children in temporary need of food, as they overcome their challenges and rebuild their lives. Currently, Cornerstone provides 40,000 meals a year to residents in Vernon, Ellington, and Tolland.

Soup Kitchen hours are:

LUNCH: Monday through Sunday (7 days a week) at 11:30 am
DINNER: Monday through Friday (5 days a week) at 5:00 pm

15 Prospect Street
Vernon-Rockville, CT 06066
Phone: (860) 871-1823
Fax: (860) 896-5057

Mobile FoodshareFoodshare_Mobile


Mobile Foodshare is an outdoor food distribution for persons of low income. The food choices vary from week to week but usually include bread and several types of fresh produce. Other items may also be offered depending on availability. Foodshare delivers to Vernon every other week on Thursday. Please visit www.foodshare.org or call (860) 286-9999 and request the Mobile Foodshare automated line for current schedule and locations.

Phone: (860) 286-9999
Fax: (860) 286-7860

For more information for the Rockville site, contact Cornerstone, (860) 871-1823

Cornerstone Soup Kitchen @ 15 Prospect Street
Monday – Friday for lunch at 11:30 and for dinner at 5:00 pm
Saturday – lunch at 11:30 am
Sunday – brunch at 11:30 am

Cornerstone Food Cupboard @ 3 Prospect Street
Tuesday 9:00 AM – Noon
Saturday Noon – 2:00 PM

Cornerstone/Vernon Community Network (VCN) Weekend Backpack Program

Contact Cornerstone at: Sharon.Redfern@Cornerstone-Cares.org
Contact the VCN at: info@1Vernon.org