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

Thanksgiving Community Meal

November 23rd, 2017 - Doors open at 10:30am, Meal served at 11:30am

Celebrate Thanksgiving Day with a free holiday meal with Hands On Hartford. Please come down and enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving meal with all of the fixings!   Please note, our volunteer slots are full. If you would like to sign up to volunteer for a different holiday meal or other volunteer opportunity, please contact Wanda […]

Christmas Holiday Meal

December 25th, 2017 - 11:30am

Celebrate Christmas with a free and festive meal at Hands On Hartford’s Center for Community. Enjoy a delicious meal with all of the trimmings, dessert, coffee, activities, and gifts for kids! If you are interested in volunteering at the event, please contact Wanda Guzman at 860-706-1507 or wguzman@handsonhartford.org.

News and Views

Harvest Supper 2017

October 10th, 2017

Last Thursday’s Harvest Supper was a resounding success and lots of fun!  Please visit our Facebook page for lots of photos of the event, thanks to our photographer (and Backpack Nutrition Program coordinator) Tabatha Cosme.  For those who weren’t able to attend, guests partook of beer tastings from Hog River Brewery, delicious soup, salad and […]

Let’s Talk About Crêpes!

August 18th, 2017

[In addition to specialty coffee and tea, paninis, salads and sandwiches, The Café at Fifty-Five, here at 55 Bartholomew Avenue in Hartford, offers sweet and savory crêpes for breakfast, snacks and lunch.  Kathleen  has a few things to share about crêpes today!] “Crêpe” is pronounced with a flat e as in “bed.”  That was news […]

2017 Volunteer Appreciation Event

April 17th, 2017

The April 6 Volunteer Appreciation Event was, once again, a fun event with tasty food, live music (courtesy of Straight from the Hart, jazz players from the Hartt School of Music) and lots of recognition for our awesome volunteers. This year’s award winners were Avon Old Farms School (School Volunteer Award), Emanuel Lutheran Church in […]