Sunday, January 22, 2023

Upcoming Blood Drives

The Red Cross has announced the following local blood drives

Tuesday January 24 from 1 to 6 pm at Litchfield Community Center, 421 Bantam Rd. 

Saturday January 28  from 8 am to 2 pm at Burlington Town Hall, 200 Spielman Highway.

More information,

Non-Profit Update

The Foodshare mobile food pantry will be at a number of locations throughout the state this week. For more information,

Torrington Library will hold a Bring Your Own Dinner and Movie event with a screening of Ticket to Paradise this Thursday at 6 pm and this Saturday at 12 noon. For more information,

Torrington’s Trinity Church will hold an Open Mic night this Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm. For more information, 860 482-6027

Torrington’s Friendly Hands Food Bank and Little Guild will hold a free pet food pantry this Thursday from 10 am to 2 pm. For more information, 860-482-3338

The Litchfield Community Center will hold a Write and Share Poetry Group this Friday at 9:30 am. Additionally, the center will host a trip to the Eastern State Exposition Railroad Hobby Show this Sunday. Finally, the center will hold a showing of the film Lancaster on Monday January 30 at 1 pm. More information at

Litchfield’s Oliver Wolcott Library will hold a program entitled Cycles Of American Political Thought on Monday January 30 at 1 pm. Additionally, the library will hold a presentation on How Winston Churchill Changed the World on Monday January 30 at 1 pm. More information at

The Terryville Library will hold a program on the Basics of Electricity this Thursday at 6 pm. For more information, 860-583-4467.

New Hartford’s Beekley Library will hold a presentation on Navigating College Admission Successfully this Wednesday at 7 pm. Additionally, the library will hold a poetry night author panel with Melissa E. Jordan and Natalie Easton this Thursday at 6 pm. Finally, the library will hold a presentation on the Burning Man festival on Monday January 30 at 7 pm. More information at

The Sharon Audubon Center will hold a program on Owls with Naturalist Bethany Sheffer this Friday at 7 pm. For more information,


Saturday, October 31, 2020

Local Shelters and Food Pantries

FISH of Torrington operates a 35-bed Emergency shelter that accepts single adults and families with children. 5 beds are dedicated to veterans and their in-house food service provides breakfast and dinners to all residents. Intake hours are Monday to Sunday: 9 am to 11 pm. The length of stay is 90 days; however, veterans can stay longer. More information at 860-496-1648

The FISH Food Pantry provides supplemental food to those individuals and families who qualify using guidelines established by the Emergency Food Assistance Program. The Pantry is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 10am to 3pm and Friday from 10am to 2pm or by appointment. Both food and monetary donations are accepted and needed. For more information,

The YMCA operates an emergency shelter in the Winchester area.  More information at 860-379-0708.The Salvation Army, Torrington Corps Community Center provides a food pantry for residents of Goshen and Torrington. ID for all household members and proof of income and expenses is required. Pantry Hours: Tuesday through Friday 9am-3pm. For more information, 860-482-3569. 

FISH of Torrington provides a food pantry for residents of Goshen, Harwinton, Litchfield, Morris, New Hartford and Torrington. Proof of residency and income for all household members is required. Pantry hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 10am-1pm

For more information, 860-482-7300 

New Hartford's Little Free Food Pantry is open 24/7 at St. John's Episcopal Church on the Pine Meadow Green.

The Harwinton Food Pantry, located in the basement of the Town Hall, is stocked with canned food items and is open to Harwinton residents Tuesdays from 10:30-11:45am

For more information, 860-485-9613

The Town of Burlington’s food pantry for town residents is open Mondays through Fridays 8:30am-4pm.

For more information, 860-673-6789

The Town of Thomaston’s food pantry serves town residents in emergency situations. Documentation required along with proof of residency.

For more information, 203-558-0853

The Salvation Army's Meriden food pantry serves working families, families who have been laid off during the year, families on state assistance with lost, stolen, or late checks, elderly persons and pregnant teens. The Pantry hours are Tuesday and Thursday from 9am-12pm

For more information, 203-235-6532

The Town of West Hartford provides a food pantry for residents of the town with income restrictions. The Pantry hours are Mondays through Fridays from 8:30am-4:30pm.

For more information, 860-561-7561.

Hands On Hartford offers a full choice shopping model Community Pantry.

For more information, 860-246-6757

The Berlin Food Pantry serves town residents. Appointments are strongly advised.

For more information, please call 860-828-7030

The Bloomfield Food Pantry serves town residents. Picture ID and proof of residency required.

For more information, 860-242-1895.

Canton’s Trinity Episcopal Church provides a food pantry for residents of Canton area neighborhoods. Photo ID or other proof of address required.

For more information, 860-693-0629

Middletown’s Amazing Grace offers approximately 3 days worth of food to individuals and families once per month. Family size determines the amount of food given at each visit. They are located on Stack Street near Rome Avenue.

For more information, 860-347-3222

The New Britain Food and Resource Center food pantry is open to New Britain residents Wednesdays and Fridays from 11am-3pm.

For more information, 860-827-8402

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Business Update

As a service to Torrington area businesses, WAPJ will be broadcasting short, non-promotional announcements concerning a business’s status during this pandemic emergency. As this is a rapidly changing situation, it is recommended that you contact the business to determine its status before going to its location.

Connecticut United Way has partnered with Neighborhood Trust Financial Partners, to offer a free financial coaching program available online and by phone. Known as TrustPlus, the program provides one‐on‐one support for clients with challenges such as dealing with creditors, finding emergency resources, and reducing debt. The program is available to all Connecticut residents. You can sign up by texting “AliceSaves” to 646‐349‐5959 or on line at

If your Torrington area business would like to announce its status, whether open, closed or reduced hours, etc, on WAPJ, please send a short, non-promotional message about your status to