Hands On Hartford

  • Make a meal. Change a life.
  • From farm to ... pantry.
  • At our pantry, guests shop.
  • Care begins with health.
  • You make a difference.
  • Backpacks put smiles on faces.
  • Café at Fifty-five now open!

In partnership with you, Hands On Hartford puts caring into action. Here's how:

MANNA Food and Neighborhood Services

MANNA provides basic needs to thousands of individuals in Hartford each month.

HOH Housing

HOH Housing provides supportive services, including case management, counseling, and rental support for people struggling with illnesses including HIV/AIDS and living in their own apartments.

Community Engagement

Our Community Engagement program connects individuals and volunteer groups to meaningful service opportunities at Hands On Hartford and partnering organizations.

Faces of Homelessness

The Faces of Homelessness Speakers' Bureau is a public education program that works to promote advocacy, understanding, and service.

The Café at Fifty-Five & Catering

Great coffee. Great food. Great Neighbors. Catering at your place or ours.

Your Kitchen. Your Space.

Our first-rate commercial kitchen and convenient and comfortable meeting spaces are available for your next enterprise, meeting or event.

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Upcoming Events

Foodshare’s Walk Against Hunger

May 5th, 2018 - Saturday morning! 8:30am registration and 10:00am step off

Join Hands On Hartford in Foodshare’s 35th annual Walk Against Hunger!  To register online, go to www.foodsharewalk.org.  Scroll down until you see the “Register” button and click it.  If you’d like to join the Hands On Hartford Friends and Family Team, just go HERE, and scroll down to click on the red “Join Team” link. To […]

Hands On Hartford Wine Tasting

May 9th, 2018 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Sip.  Savor.  Support Your Community. Hands On Hartford is excited to announce its first wine tasting fundraiser!  Join us at our Center for Community at 55 Bartholomew Avenue, Hartford, CT for an evening of terrific wine, beer and spirit tastings; delicious hors d’oeuvres; and great connections.  Jim Calhoun, 3-time NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Coach from […]

News and Views

Hands On Hartford Announces Election of New Board Chairperson

March 12th, 2018

Hands On Hartford is pleased to announce that Rev. Donna K. Manocchio of Wethersfield, Connecticut, was recently elected as Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the agency.   Donna is a retired pastor of the United Church of Christ, and along with her family, Donna has a longtime association with Hands On Hartford, which includes […]

A Bittersweet Farewell

January 31st, 2018

There was a lot of laughter and a few tears as well as we said farewell to Michelle Jarvis who has been a valuable, loved and appreciated member of the Hands On Hartford Team for the past 6 ½ years.  Michelle contributed hugely to many aspects of our services and programs, and was connected to […]

Holiday Giving

January 12th, 2018

As is usual at this time of year, we are feeling overwhelmed here at Hands On Hartford, but overwhelmed in a good way.  Over the past month, we have seen so many friends, both old and new, providing an incredible outpouring of support for our Hartford neighbors.  Over 70 groups and individuals brought in-kind donations […]