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Summer Meals Program: Meals are still served even when school is out this summer. Community Action Partnership of Strafford County is participating in the federal Summer Food Service Program to provide free breakfast and lunch to all children ages 0 to 18 (babies and toddlers included) from June 23 through August 21, 2015. The Summer Food Service Program is a USDA-funded program for youth when they no longer have access to free/reduced priced meals at school. We will be serving meals at the following locations in Dover, Rochester and Somersworth. (downloadable PDF) If you have questions about the program or would like to donate to CAP's summer food service program, call Jamie Swan at 603-435-2500 ext. 2339

Grow an Extra Row for Our Pantries
Interested in donating extra produce from your garden to our food pantries? Call 603-460-4237 to learn how to participate in the Grown an Extra Row program to donate veggies to our pantries.

Food Pantries
We operate food pantries in Dover and Farmington to provide short-term supplies of food to eligible households. Photo identification and proof of household income is required. For information or to learn how to donate, call 603-460-4237 (Dover) or 603-460-4313 (Farmington) for information.
Farmington, 527 Main Street. Open from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon on Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Dover, 61 Locust Street, Suite 240, McConnell Center. Open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday
CAP's food pantry in Milton closed as of May 26, 2015. Please use the Farmington pantry or call 603-460-4237.

For a list of all food pantries and soup kitchens in Strafford County, click here

Temporary Emergency Food Assistance Program is a federal program administered by the Community Action Partnership of Strafford County that helps supplement the diets of low-income residents, including the elderly and the homeless by providing them with food and nutrition assistance at no cost. In Strafford County, our agency's food pantries, along with more than 20 other food pantries, homeless shelters, soup kitchens and nursing homes participate in this program. Contact 603-460-4237.

Holiday Food Baskets
Every year, CAP seeks food and financial donations to provide Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets to those in need. In 2014, we distributed 580 baskets during the holidays. For information or to learn how you can help, contact 603-460-4237.

Pantry Locations and Resources

Pantry Locations and Hours:
Farmington Outreach Pantry
527 Main Street
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon
Dover Outreach Pantry
61 Locust Street, McConnell Center
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
**The Milton pantry closed as of May 26, 2015. Please use the Farmington pantry or call 603-460-4237 for assistance.
For a complete listing of all Strafford County food pantries and soup kitchens, click here

Helpful Links:

New Hampshire Women's Infants and Children (WIC)

New Hampshire Food Stamp Program

Food Insecurity and Food Sources in New Hampshire

USDA CACFP Public Release Non-Pricing ProgramsRelease Non-Pricing Programs

Food Testimonials

While Community Action Partnership of Strafford County provides thousands of meals a year, our Outreach Office employees do more than just hand out food. They provide hope, information, resources and someone who will listen.

Recently, a husband and wife came to our Farmington Outreach Office for assistance. Both had been laid off from their jobs and they had two children under the age of 6. This family was on the verge of losing their home and needed food to get them through until their next unemployment check came.

The couple received food for their family from our Emergency Food Pantry and also learned about other resources that could help, including how to apply for the fuel and electrical assistance as well as the state's food stamp and Women, Infants and Children programs. Eight months later, this same couple came back to the Outreach Office and made a donation of $1,000 to Community Action Partnership of Strafford County. They said the agency had saved them from being hungry and homeless and gave them hope and assistance so they could get back on their feet and be self sufficient.

Last year, a young mother of a newborn and a 3 year old came to the Community Action Partnership of Strafford County seeking assistance. While she was in need of food for her family, she also needed guidance about how to leave a violent domestic situation. Our Outreach staff gave her a cup of coffee, emergency food and critical information about a safe place to go with her family.

We didn't see her again for three months, then she come back in to say that she had gotten out of her home situation, had a job and a new apartment with plenty of food. She said to our staff, "Thank you for the food, and the time we had shared with her while you packed my food. I will never forget where I got my new start in life."