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Eating healthy foods and getting proper nutrition are very important for growth and development. What we put into our bodies makes a huge difference in terms of our health and well-being. This is true for babies and children too. To learn more about healthy food choices, visit ChooseMyPlate.gov.

To learn more about local resources that can help you put healthy food on your table, click on the links below.

Food Pantries & Soup Kitchens: Food pantries have food for you to cook or prepare at home. Soup Kitchens provide food that is prepared and may be eaten there. For the most current information on local emergency food assistance, call Infoline at 2-1-1.

Nutrition for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC): A federally-funded food and nutrition education program for pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women and their children, up to the age of five.

  • Based on income, where you live, nutritional risk, and having a WIC employee see your child.
  • Provides nutrition information and healthy food such as eggs, milk, beans, cheese, juice, cereal, peanut butter, and infant formula.
  • Provides information on breastfeeding and healthy eating
  • Farmers’ Market coupons for designated months.

Click here to learn more about applying for WIC, where WIC is accepted, and for a list of local WIC offices. For more information, call the State WIC office toll-free at 1-800-741-2142, or contact a local program directly:

  • Hospital of Saint Raphael WIC Program: 203-789-3563
  • Fair Haven Health Center WIC Program: 203-773-5007
  • Yale/New Haven Hospital WIC Program: 203-688-5150

Food Stamps: A program to help low-income people buy food.

  • Eligibility depends on household income and resources
  • For more information, call DSS Toll-free at 1-800-842-1508, End Hunger CT! at 860-560-2100, or Connecticut Association for Human Services at 203-951-2212 x 236
  • Apply at the DSS office closest to where you live

Farmers Markets: Outdoor markets offering fresh fruits and vegetables from local farms.

  • EBT/Food Stamps/SNAP and WIC are accepted at New Haven City Farmers’ Markets:
    • Wooster Square: Russo Park: corner of Chapel Street and DePalma Court, 9:00am – 1:00pm
    • Edgewood Park: corner of Whalley and West Rock Avenues, 10:00am – 2:00pm
    • Downtown: in front of City Hall; Church Street at the Green, 11:00am – 3:00pm
    • Fair Haven: Quinnipiac River Park, corner of Front Street and Grand Avenue, 3:00pm – 7:00pm
    • Hill Market: Connecticut Mental Health Center, corner of Park and South Streets, 11:30pm – 3:30pm

School Lunch, Breakfast and After-School Snacks: Free or reduced price meals at school.

  • Based on family income and size
  • Food stamp recipients automatically qualify
  • Enroll throughout the school year
  • For more information, call the Department of Education Child Nutrition Programs at 860-807-2070

Summer Breakfast and Lunch: Free meals for children under the age of 19 during the summer offered through some towns and organizations.

  • No forms or income checks
  • For locations, call:
    • Department of Education Child Nutrition Programs: 860-807-2070
    • Infoline: 2-1-1
    • End Hunger CT!: 860-560-2100
    • Connecticut Association for Human Services: 860-951-2212 x 236