Social Services

Contact Information

Alicia Van Neil, Director
T: 860-413-3328
F: 860-653-4017

20 Center Street
P.O. Box 1858
East Granby, CT 06026

Office Hours

Monday: 9:00 -11:00 am; Tuesday: 9:00 -1pm; Wednesday: by appointment only; Thursday 9:00 – 11:00 am; Friday: 9:00 – 1:00 pm

Our Mission

The Social Services Department is responsible for providing assistance for residents with social, emotional, and economic needs. Our services help residents achieve self-sufficiency, maintain economic well-being and adjust to difficult circumstances and events in their lives. The department provides assistance with Energy Assistance, Renter’s Rebate Program, Back to School programs, Food Programs, Information and Referrals.



Emergency Assistance

Coming Soon!

Energy Assistance

East Granby Social Services will begin accepting application for the State Energy Assistance program beginning on September 19, 2016. Please call the office for specific income requirements and to learn what supporting documentation is needed.

Friend to Friend Food Pantry/ Thrift Store


The Friend to Friend Food Pantry was established to supplement the weekly grocery needs of families who have been identified by East Granby Social Service as needing assistance. Households served by the pantry range from the elderly, to young families with children, to individuals.

The Friend to Friend Thrift Shop was established to provide an opportunity for individuals in the East Granby area to purchase clothing (for the whole family) and house hold items at reduced prices, and to in turn, generate income to be used to help stock the Friend to Friend Food Pantry.

The Food Pantry is located at the East Granby Congregational Church, 9 Rainbow Road, East Granby, CT.

The thrift shop is located in the historic south School building located at 32 Spoonville Road, East Granby, CT.


The pantry is open for an hour and a half one day a week. To use the Food Pantry, please contact the East Granby Social Service Director at 860/413-3328. If you qualify, the Director will give you details on the procedure for using the pantry.

The thrift shop is open three times during the week:

Tuesday: 10 am – 2pm
Thursday 2pm – 6pm
Saturday: 10 am – 2pm

The telephone number for the thrift shop is 860/651-1659. Please leave a message if you call outside of these hours and someone will get back to you.

To Donate:

The food pantry welcomes monetary donations as well as non-perishable food items. Main dishes such as canned meats and soups are especially needed. You may drop off items at the donation boxes at the Congregational Church, Geissler’s in Granby, East Granby Public Library as well as Price Chopper in Windsor and the East Granby Senior/Community Center.

Monetary donations can be made payable to Friend to Friend and sent to Friend to Friend, P.O. Box 631, East Granby, CT 06026.

The thrift shop welcomes donations of in-season clothing in good condition as well as small household items. Please call the thrift shop for more information or feel free to drop off clothing at the shop during business hours. If you need to drop off outside of business hours please leave your donation on the front steps of the building.

To Volunteer:

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at either the pantry or the thrift shop please contact Social Services at 860/413-3328.

Volunteers at the Food Pantry are needed to shop for food, sort food, pack bags, staff the pantry when open, and help with holiday distributions.

Volunteers at the Thrift Store are needed to greet customers, write up sales, sort clothing, price clothing and arrange displays.


Empty Bowls

Save the Date

2016 Empty Bowls Saturday, October 15, 1016

We hope you will join us for this annual event. The 16th annual Empty Bowls event will again be sponsored by the Potters from Expressions Pottery Workshop of East Granby and the East Granby Women’s Club. Over 300 handcrafted soup bowls will be made for this exciting event.

The event will be held on Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 11:30 – 1:30 pm in the Senior/Community Center at 20 Memorial Drive. The cost is $15 in advance and $18 at the door.


All proceeds will benefit the Friend to Friend food pantry. The pantry is open weekly and serves, on average, 40 families. All eligible families are residents of East Granby. The food pantry supplements the needs of elders, young families with children and individuals who can use assistance. The Congregational Church has partnered with Friend to Friend to help those folks who are struggling financially.

The 2016 registration is available now. Click here for the registration form.

Good Samaritan Program


An important goal of this new program – "Good Sam" for short, is to help Town residents who are elderly or disabled to stay in their home. They may be alone, have physical or financial difficulty with maintenance, or do not know about other resources or options that may be available.

We also hope to increase volunteer support for our schools, library, government or other needs as they are identified. There will be a special focus on asking those in manual trade professions, diverse businesses, medical and government workers and retirees to find ways to share their experience with high school students.

To fill these needs, we hope to:

· Utilize our senior population and others, plus students in completing community service requirements.

· Provide a mechanism for continually matching needs with volunteers.

· Publicize the needs in every possible way.

Longer term goals will be to:

· Make a really nice town even better!

· Develop a unique and noticeable program that may have many seniors, but not limited to seniors.

· To succeed, it will take a contagious spirit! Please help us begin to build a Volunteer Bank by giving us your name and ideas by phone or email. For more information contact Alicia Van Neil (860-413-3328 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  ) or Kelly Jacobs (860-413-3334 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

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Town of East Granby, 9 Center St, P.O. Box 1858, East Granby, CT 06026
T: 860.653.2576    F: 860.653.4017    E:
Hours:   Mon - Thurs: 8a - 12p, 1p - 4p     Fri: 8a - 1p