Bridgeport Rescue Mission expands Pantry Bag program

“We certainly could not give away 450,000 meals a year without the incredible partnership we enjoy with the CT Food Bank.” — Executive Director Terry Wilcox.

The Bridgeport Rescue Mission has announced they will be expanding their Pantry Bag Distribution program, which currently takes place on the main campus, to the Distribution Center on Connecticut Ave.

“Recognizing the difficulty our local partner program face in storing fresh produce, Connecticut Food Bank applied for and received a $25,000 Feeding America General Mills grant for the purchase of commercial refrigeration units,” Rob Levine, President and CEO of Connecticut Food Bank explains. “The commercial refrigeration units will help the programs expand their distribution capacity of nutritious produce to people who rely on them as a lifeline to nutritious food.”

Bridgeport Rescue Missions’ Pantry Bag program is provided Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, from 2-3:30 p.m., at the main campus, 1088 Fairfield Ave. The goal is to provide a grocery bag filled with non-perishable food plus fresh produce and bread for a family of four to last a week.

The pantry program at the Donation Center, 1069 Connecticut Ave., will continue every Wednesday from 1:30pm-3:30 p.m. A photo ID is required for those wanting to participate in the program at both locations.

“We’re extremely grateful for them providing this new refrigeration unit which will enable us to distribute food to folks on the East Side of Bridgeport” says Bridgeport Rescue Mission Executive Director Terry Wilcox.

For more information on the Mission’s programs and services, contact Donna Romano, assistant director of development at 203-333-4087, ext. 111 or email at