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Resources for Groton residents experiencing food insecurity

The following organizations are offering free or reduced-price meals or pantry items to Groton residents:

  • Community First Dinner Program offers a free, to-go hot meal every Wednesday and Friday from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Pick-up locations are as follows:  St. John’s Christian Church at 346 Shennecossett Rd., TVCCA at 38 Central Ave., and Beacon Point Homes at 100 Tern Rd. Call the Groton Senior Center at 860-441-6785 for more information.

  • Groton Congregational Church, 162 Monument St., offers free grab-and-go meals every Saturday from noon-12:30 p.m. For more information, call the church at 860-445-7409.

  • Groton Human Services, 2 Fort Hill Rd., has an Emergency Food Locker for those in need. Call 860-441-6760 to make an appointment.

  • Groton Public Schools offers to-go breakfast and lunch for children 18 years-old and younger. These meals are for students attending Groton Public Schools and other children in their households. Pick up is Monday-Friday from 9-10 a.m. at the following locations: Branford Manor Neighborhood at 346 Shennecossett Rd., Groton Public Library at 52 Newtown Rd., and Mary Morrison Elementary School at 154 Toll Gate Rd. Call 860-572-2100 for more information.

  • Groton Senior Center, 102 Newtown Rd., offers a hot to-go lunch, Monday-Friday. The meal is $5 and must be ordered in advance. To order, call 860-441-6785 between 9-10:30 a.m. on the day of the meal. Pick up is between 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the center.

  • The Salvation Army in New London is distributing pantry items on Mondays and Fridays to Groton seniors and single mothers in need. Call 860-443-6409 to apply.

 
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Expand your (mental) horizons!
  • The Great Courses Plus is offering a free month trial of streaming videos on your tv, phone, computer, or other devices, with topics as broad as Henry VIII to cooking

  • Excel at Excel - 11 sources for text and video explaining that wonderful, frustrating program

  • Learn the art of storytelling from Khan Academy and the experts at Pixar

  • Learn a new language for when we can finally travel safely again with duolingo, Memrise, or Anki

Be Entertained!
  • Children's books come alive!

    • Dav Pilkey reading from "Dog Man Unleashed"

    • Also check our Facebook page for posts, including J. J. Abrams reading “We Are in a Book!” by Mo Willems, drawing with Jared Krososcza, and more!

  • PBS - educational and entertaining videos for all ages.  *Some shows/videos require a CPTV Passport, which is not free.

Be Creative!
  • Learn how to draw Grumpy Bird (and other stuff) with Jeremy Tankard

  • Recreate works of art with people and things in your home with the Getty Museum and share with people around the world:

  • Complete a Harry Potter Escape Room (by yourself or with friends), created by Youth Services Librarian Sydney Krawiec of Peters Township Public Library in McMurry, PA

See the World! (from your Living Room)
  • Take virtual tours of famous museums, zoos and aquariums, and theme parks from your couch, thanks to links discovered by Good Housekeeping Magazine

  • Go see National Parks from the safety of the indoors with Google Arts and Culture

  • Conduct research and contribute to cool projects with SciStarter Project Finder
    (No endorsements intended for any institutions or organizations)

Get Out! (While Following Safe Protocols and Social Distancing)
  • The AllTrails app (for Android and for Apple) is a great resource for a map/list of local trails for hiking, biking, and running, with ratings and trail maps.  There’s a free version, and a paid version with more bells & whistles.

  • Also check the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s website (DEEP) for a list and maps of state parks, forests, and greenways

  • Try the Connecticut Forest & Park Association for an interactive map of blue-blazed trails

THE BILL MEMORIAL LIBRARY

240 Monument Street / Groton, CT 06340

860-445-0392

 

REVISED Library Hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 11-7:30
Wednesday & Friday: 11-4:30
Saturday: 11-2:30
Closed Sunday

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