In 1975, a group of concerned individuals began collecting gently used clothing and redistributing to those in need in our area. Christ Church provided basement space, and Neighbor to Neighbor was formed. We included linens, towels and household items in our distribution, and soon supplying food on an emergency basis. In 1984, responding to the increasing cost of living, the Greenwich Department of Social Services asked Neighbor to initiate a weekly food program for Greenwich families in great need of assistance. Volunteers packed bags with a variety of available food items to supply families with three meals, for three days, for each member of the family.
In September 2005, Neighbor opened a “Client Choice” Food Pantry, one of only a few operating in the state of Connecticut and a model for our neighboring towns’ food pantries. Clients now have the opportunity to choose their own nutritious food with the aid of a shopping list provided with quantity guidelines and based on the number of people in their families.
Today, Neighbor to Neighbor offers three food programs and a clothing program. A free weekly supplement of three days’ worth of food for each member of a family is available to eligible Greenwich residents. One-time emergency food is available to residents of Stamford and Port Chester. A weekly Summer Supplement is available to eligible Greenwich students to bridge the gap left by the lack of free or reduced price meals during the summer months. Clothing, linens and small household items are available by appointment in our Clothing Room to eligible residents of Greenwich, Stamford and Port Chester. Requests for assistance must be made through our referral system.