THE THOMAS MERTON CENTER was founded in 1974 by a group of concerned individuals who saw a need for services to the economically disadvantaged people in the city of Bridgeport. As the times have changed and the needs of the people we serve have changed we have developed programs that address issues such as housing, nutritional needs, healthcare needs, parenting issues and youth at risk.
The Thomas Merton House of Hospitality provides breakfast, lunch and day shelter Monday-Saturday to approximately 400 people daily.
We also provide the following other services:
- Shower Program: Our showers are open to guests twice a week.
- Mail Program: This program provides an address for guests to receive Social Security, Medical Cards, and EBT Cards.
- Eat Smart Marketplace: The Eat Smart Marketplace is our Food Pantry that provides 5 days of nutritious meals every week!
- Case Management: Case managers provide individual assistance and partner with other agencies based on guests’ needs.
Eat Smart Marketplace
The Eat Smart Marketplace is dedicated and committed to making a difference in the lives of their guests by educating them on how to make healthy food choices. Partnering with another non-profit in the community, the Eat Smart Marketplace provides groceries for needy families and individuals living in the 06604, 06605, and 06606 zip codes in Bridgeport. The program serves over 400 families per month.
While still providing shelf stable items such as canned foods and dry pasta, the pantry is now focusing on providing fresh produce, meats, and dairy items to better serve the needs of its guests. The Eat Smart Marketplace allows guests to walk through the pantry, with a volunteer to help select items. This method is very popular with the pantry visitors, instead of handing out prearranged bags and ensures that the food given out will be used by those in need.
The Eat Smart Marketplace now stands out as the best stocked food pantry in the city and is providing the most essential nutrients to those in need. If you are in need of food and you live in the above zip codes, please call (203) 367-9036 to sign up.
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