Social Services — July/August 2024

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The focus of the Social Services Department is to coordinate existing federal, state, regional and local services, to increase community awareness of these services and to develop new programs to meet the needs of Granby residents. For more information about any of the following programs, contact Director Sandy Yost at 860-844-5351. Office hours are weekdays, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Elderly (65+) or Disabled

Renters Rebate

Applications for the Renters Rebate program will be accepted through Sept. 30. Applicant must have turned 65 years of age by the end of 2023. Persons under 65 years of age who are receiving Social Security Disability are also eligible. To apply contact Social Services at 860-844-5350 for a confidential appointment.

Renters Requirements (not comprehensive):

Must have rented in Granby during 2023 and currently reside in Connecticut.

Provide proof of rent paid in 2023 (rent receipts from landlord or cancelled checks).

Provide proof of actual bills paid in 2023 for electricity, gas, water and fuel

Bring in proof of income (Form SSA 1099, pensions, etc.)

Supply most recently filed income tax return

Granby Local Assistance Program: Granby residents facing financial hardship may access funds once in a 12-month period. The gross household income cannot exceed 60 percent of state median income unless extenuating circumstances can be documented.

Resources and Services

Child Welfare Resources: Tools for supporting virtual times for families and child welfare workforce tools are available at

Domestic Violence: If you need help or just someone to talk to, please visit or call or text 888-774-2900. Advocates available 24/7.

Mental Health and Emergencies: If you are experiencing a true medical emergency or crisis, please call 911 or proceed to your nearest emergency room. You can also access mobile crisis services by dialing 211.

Farmington Valley Health District has a listing of resources for Mental Health Services at

Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273- 8255

When it Builds Up, Talk it Out: Campaign launched by United Way 211 and DCF; you can talk to a professional by calling 833-258-5011 or

State of Connecticut Department of Social Services: For assistance with applying for benefits such as Medicare Savings Programs, Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps, call 860-724-6443 ext 275 for the Benefits Enrollment Center.

Senior Job Bank: A nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people over the age of 50 find part-time work in the West Hartford community and surrounding towns. Jobseekers are connected with part-time job opportunities in businesses, municipalities and nonprofits as well as per diem work with individuals. Visit or call 860-521-3210.

Food Resources

Granby Food Pantry: Located at 248 Salmon Brook Street, hours are Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. to Noon and Thursday, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Before using the Granby Food Pantry you must qualify with the Town of Granby Social Services Department. An appointment is necessary; call 860-844-5350 to schedule.

Waste Not Want Not Community Kitchen: Free meal every Wednesday, 4 to 6 p.m. with food shopping from 3:30 to 4 p.m. at Granby Congregational Church, South Campus, 242 Salmon Brook St. The meal is free, but an offering is always welcome.

Mobile FoodShare: Every other Tuesday, 1 to 1:30 p.m. Call for dates. Park behind Granby Congregational Church, South Campus only. Bring your own bags. For more locations or weather cancellations visit

Life Church Hope 4 Life Food Pantry: Located at 23 Griffin Road, hours are Wednesdays, 2 to 6 p.m. to members of Life Church as well as anyone who is in need. No qualification necessary. Bring your own bags. For more information, please call the church office at 860-653-3308.

Open Cupboard Pantry: At Granby Congregational Church, North Campus, 219 North Granby Road. Distributions are Fridays, 3 to 4 p.m. on a drive-through basis. Please enter the church parking lot via north entrance on Stratton Road. Call the church at 860-653-4537 with any questions.

SNAP: CT Foodbank will continue to facilitate SNAP applications by phone. For help with SNAP call 860-856-4357. This process will take approximately 30 minutes and CT Foodbank will mail you a packet to sign and return.