The Hands Food Pantry provides food to qualifying Middlesex residents through the following programs:
Food Distribution at the Cryer Center on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. Clients receive a distribution of approximately 30 to 40 pounds of food once a month. Food items include canned and jarred non-perishable vegetables, fruits, meats, soups, sauces, etc. Dry items such as pasta, beans, rice crackers, snack items are also included. Bead and fresh produce are distributed as available. Each client receives an average of five servings of fresh-frozen meat per distribution.
After-School Feeding Program provides snacks and food for a dinner meal to two area churches that provide an after-school supervised tutoring program once or twice a week.
The Back-Pack-Buddies Program provides children in Middlesex schools with six "child- friendly" meals each Friday for the weekend. Currently there are 135 school children in the Back-Pack-Buddies program.
Support Programs address special needs populations . One of the programs does a regular food distribution to elderly residents who may not be able to get to the Cryer Center on food distribution days. This program also provides snacks during the school day for younger school children who do not have snacks. It also provides toiletry items for distribution.