Our mission is “to provide a nutritious meal to all those who are hungry. By creating a safe, warm and compassionate environment, we are taking the first steps toward empowering men, women, and children to reach their full potential and regain their dignity and self-respect.”
We are open every day to the public and provide three meals daily to anyone hungry. We also have a food pantry program that distributes bagged groceries to individual and families every Tuesday each month. New Covenant Center is the only soup kitchen in the greater Stamford area.
The soup kitchen is an alternative for low income people to enjoy three meals daily at no charge. The food pantry offers alternatives for families unable to eat at the soup kitchen by providing bagged groceries, which is ideal for working families that need a supplement of food to make ends meet each month. In addition, we have an after-school meal program that provides poor and disadvantaged children attending the Yerwood Center after-school program one hot nutritious meal Monday through Friday at 4:00pm.
New Covenant Center serves the greater Stamford area, which includes Stamford, New Canaan, Greenwich and Darien. Our guests are the poor and disadvantaged in our community including the homeless, working poor, elderly, mentally ill, HIV/AIDS clients, and the disabled and immigrants, both with and without citizenship documentation.
Our guests are at risk due to numerous socio-economic factors including poverty, disadvantage, addiction, lack of resources, complicated health issues and/or other disabilities. When living in impoverished conditions, such as homeless shelters, there is also an inherent lack of nutrition and an increase for chronic infection and illness. Ages include birth through approximately 80 years of age. Many guests receive SSI, social security, food stamps, welfare benefits or small retirement checks.
Currently NCC serves 425 meals daily for lunch and dinner. The demographics of our soup kitchen are: 90% male and 10% female, Hispanics represent 60%; African Americans represent 30%, and 10% of other groups are represented.
Since 2009 we have doubled the total meals served in our soup kitchen and food pantry. A large amount of meals were served to the community and the need continues to grow. Fortunately we were able to meet the need. Today, we are providing approximately 700,000 meals.
Other NCC Programs
We also have a food pantry program that distributes bagged groceries every Tuesday, serving approximately 625 families each month. The food pantry offers alternatives for families unable to eat at the soup kitchen by providing bagged groceries, which is ideal for working families that need a supplement of food to make ends meet each month.
In addition, we have an after-school and summer meal program that provides poor and disadvantaged children attending the Yerwood Center after-school and summer camp program a nutritious breakfast and a hot nutritious meal Monday through Friday at 4:00pm.
In October 1978, New Covenant Center served its first meal from the basement of a little building at 66 West Main Street, Stamford. Since then thousands of hungry people have found physical and social nourishment at NCC. Forced from our West Main Street residence in January 1990, we established a long-term home at our present location in the Yerwood Center, 90 Fairfield Avenue, on Stamford’s West Side.
Through the generosity of volunteers and area organizations, as well as the City of Stamford and under the leadership of Catholic Charities of Fairfield County, we were able to build a first class kitchen and serving area to feed our guests. Now 34 years later, we are serving approximately 700,000 meals annually.