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Saint Francis of Assisi

Hinka's Cupboard

Stocked Shelves at Hinka's Cupboard
Stocked Shelves at Hinka's Cupboard
Bakery Items at Hinka's Cupboard
Bakery Items at Hinka's Cupboard
LARK-just donated over $1000 of outerwear!!! Wonderful support to our pantry!!
LARK-just donated over $1000 of outerwear!!! Wonderful support to our pantry!!
The Hinka's Cupboard food pantry is open the last Thursday of each month, from 1 to 4 PM. All are welcome.

Mission Statement: Our mission is simple. Feed the hungry. You cannot begin any other growth without simple needs being met. We hope to offer extra support to meet these needs. We will give what we have. No one will ever be turned away. We want everyone to be treated with the same dignity and respect that we would ask for ourselves.

New fundraisers are in the works! Basket bingo, Splash for Cash, corporate matching! If you have any ideas, or are able to volunteer or be a shopper, please contact Nettie Silverman at

Items currently needed...

Oil, syrup, pancake mix, hotel-size toiletries, and salsa. We also collect baby items that are unused. (This list is updated regularly.)

Drop-Off Locations

There are tubs for dropping off food items in the Fox Parish Center and in the church foyers (both). If anyone knows where we can put additional tubs, we will be happy to provide them.

The end of January - food drive at Mercy
Several grants have been written.
Sit and Beg will be held at Stop and Shop in April.

A clothing drive with Savers was held in August – we collected over 1000 pounds of clothing! We made over $250!!

Hinka's Cupboard sponsored feeding St. Vincent de Paul's on May 26th. We bought all the grinders, chips, macaroni salad, and drinks. We also supplied decorations, too! St. Francis added salad, fruit, and briwnies. Just another way that we are Feeding the Hungry.

New Policy

We are now asking clients to bring ID and to fill out a declaration page (available in the Church office) pertaining to income. Please bring proof of need.


Hinka's Cupboard is grateful for the donors that support it! Please support these businesses and organizations in any way possible.

Carla's Pasta has pledged to donate pasta each month for our clients. Carla's Pasta donated over 3,000 pounds of pasta in 2018! They are supplying the pasta for our upcoming fundraiser.

100+ Women Who Care have voted to support our efforts by writing $100 checks from each of its members!!! They will be visiting the pantry and delivering their donation!

Tsunami Tsolutions in Glastonbury donated $1300 and had a food drive!

Neon Deli – $500 donation made by Fran and Cindy Galle. There is also a donation can by the cash register. Neon Deli continues to support us! Fran and Cindy collected another can of cash for our pantry!

United Way awarded us a $1000 grant to support our efforts to stock items for babies. We now offer food, diapers, wipes, cereal, and assorted items in a baby section.

Mercy High School – had a food drive.

Eversource – just awarded us a $500 Community Grant! What great neighbors!!!

Middletown Nissan – We won their Charity of the Month contest for December and were awarded $500.

Fundraiser volunteers from Mercy High School Alumni Association (L) and Elks Emblem Club #452 (R) Click photo to enlarge.
Mercy High School Alumni Association and Elks Emblem Club #452 participated in food drives for the pantry.

The Connecticut Association of Emblem Clubs awarded us a grant.

Did You Know?

The name for this satellite pantry is derived from Henrietta (Hinka) Ann Dascanio. She was a long-standing member of St. Francis Church. She was married there and was an active member of the Ladies' Guild. Hinka was an accomplished cook and baker. She worked in the Head Start programs, school cafeterias, and private restaurants. One thing we will always remember about her is that she always offered food to guests and would always help people however she could. It is for that reason her name was chosen for this food pantry.