Programs

Day Service Location Time
Monday-Thursday Meal Center Church Parish House
311 Temple St (behind Public Library)
5:30 p.m.
Wednesday Pantry Center Church Parish House
311 Temple St (behind Public Library)
2:00-3:00 p.m.
Friday* Meal United Church Parish House
323 Temple St
6:00 p.m.
Saturday* Meal United Church Parish House
323 Temple St
5:00 p.m.
Sunday Meal Center Church Parish House
311 Temple St (behind Public Library)
4:30 p.m.

* Suspended during summer and Yale academic holidays

Lunes-Jueves Comida La Casa Parroquial de Center Church
311 Calle Temple
(detrás de la Biblioteca Pública)
5:30 p.m.
Miércoles Despensa La Casa Parroquial de Center Church
311 Calle Temple
(detrás de la Biblioteca Pública)
2:00-3:00 p.m.
Viernes* Comida La Casa Parroquial de United Church
323 Calle Temple
6:00 p.m.
Saturday* Comida La Casa Parroquial de United Church
323 Calle Temple
5:00 p.m.
Domingo Comida La Casa Parroquial de Center Church
311 Calle Temple
(detrás de la Biblioteca Pública)
5:30 p.m.

*Suspendido durante el verano y los días feriados académicos de Yale*

Programs & Services

DESK serves people who are experiencing homelessness or living in poverty by providing food assistance and services that promote healthcommunity, and equity.  Our programs are generally geared toward individuals and families with children who are experiencing food insecurity.  DESK seeks to maintain a “low barrier of entry to services,” which means that we try to ensure that there are as few obstacles to accessing help as possible.  For our Evening Meals program, anyone is welcome, no questions asked.  For our Food Pantry program, there is some very short and easy paperwork to fill out once per year, and each week clients are asked to sign in.

DESK serves dinner Sunday through Thursday at our main dining room at the Center Church Parish House (311 Temple St. in New Haven).  On Fridays and Saturdays, we partner with the Yale Hunger Heroes to serve at the United Church Parish House (323 Temple St.).  In addition to providing nutritious meals, DESK ensures that our dining room is a safe and welcoming space for all.  We foster a sense of community by encouraging our guests and volunteers to hang out, chat, and learn from each other.  DESK partners with other service providers, including Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center, Columbus House, and the Women & Families Center, to provide other onsite services, all toward the goal of lifting our clients out of poverty and toward stability and equity.  Altogether, DESK’s Evening Meal program serves about 1,500 unduplicated individuals annually.
Each night after dinner, DESK distributes bag lunches to ensure that those who cannot get to the lunch-time soup kitchens (Community Soup Kitchen on Broadway and St. Anne’s in Hamden) have something for the next day.
Every Wednesday, DESK opens its doors at 1:45 pm to offer groceries, recipes, and a sense of community to those in need. The program serves between 50 and 150 households each week, depending on the time of year and time of month.  Altogether, the DESK Food Pantry serves about 1,200 unduplicated households annually.
Each summer, DESK works with the Housing Authority of New Haven to identify families in supportive housing with school-age children who would benefit from additional, age-appropriate groceries during the summer, when school is not in session. During those months, DESK delivers those groceries directly to their homes.
Every Tuesday, DESK provides a hot lunch to low-income seniors at the East Shore Senior Center. To sign up for this program, please contact Michele Clary-Butler at the City of New Haven’s Department of Elderly Services: email or call (203) 640-4710.