Thomas Merton Family Center

Bridgeport (Greater Bridgeport area)

The Thomas Merton Family Center is committed to providing a loving, safe and hope-filled community atmosphere that responds to the needs of its guests. Respecting the dignity of each person, we reflect to the individual and the community our shared responsibility to love and support one another. We believe the sharing of a hot meal is an invitation to come in and share in a place where one can belong; respect and love are mutually given and received; each person is valued and not to be judged; and healing life’s hurts is possible with people who care. Collaboration with other agencies and people is essential to meeting the needs of those we serve.


  • Meal Program: We serve about 350 meals every day for breakfast and lunch.
  • 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.

Who to Contact

Main: (203) 367-9036
Fax: (203) 367-8828
Director, Bill Colson
Operations Manager, Sabine Kuczo


1406 State Street
Bridgeport, CT 06605

Office Hours

8:30 AM – 3:00 PM

Dining Hall Hours

Monday – Friday
8:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Eat Smart Food Pantry Coordinator

Service Hours

Monday – Friday:
Breakfast: 9:00 am to 10:00 am
Lunch: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Tuesday, Thursday:
Shower Program

Eat Smart Food Pantry Schedule

The Thomas Merton Family Center Food Pantry will be open for shopping on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

Under the new schedule, we will be dividing shopping days by last name. Each family will still shop just once a month. To find yourshopping day, please see the chart below:
TUESDAYS: Last names beginning with A, B, C, D, E, F, G
WEDNESDAYS: Last names beginning with H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P
THURSDAYS: Last names beginning with Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z

The pantry will hold open registration for new families every Monday from 10 am to 1 pm. We will no longer require advance appointments for registration.

Thomas Merton Family Center Advisory Council

Dave Blagys
Edna Borchetta
Sheila Clancy
Lourdes Delgado
Jack Edwards
Thomas Gaudette
Louise Gidez
Mark Kelly
George Logan
Alberto Martins
Mary Ann O’Connor
Jo Toolan
Alexandros Valiantis

Stories from Thomas Merton Family Center

Watch the videos below to learn more about how Thomas Merton Family Center makes a difference in the lives of guests.

Introducing the NEW Thomas Merton Family Center

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Thomas Merton Center Celebrates Fifty Years of Serving the Community

Thomas Merton Center Celebrates Fifty Years of Serving the Community

Discover the inspiring journey of the Thomas Merton House of Hospitality, from its humble beginnings in 1974 to its evolution into the largest soup kitchen and pantry in Bridgeport. Learn how this beacon of hope has provided meals, support, and community to thousands, and explore its exciting future as it expands into the Thomas Merton Family Center, offering comprehensive services to those in need.

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Cutting the Ribbon on a Place of Hope and Hospitality

Cutting the Ribbon on a Place of Hope and Hospitality

The dedication of the new Thomas Merton Family Center in Bridgeport was an occasion to celebrate Catholic social service, charitable giving, and the power of partnering with other health and social service providers to serve the most vulnerable in the Greater Bridgeport area.

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