Social Services

Mon, Wed, Thurs: 9:00 a.m. – noon

Chester Food Pantry

The Town of Chester needs your help. We collect non-perishable grocery items to keep food in stock in the  food pantry set up at Town Hall. The best foods to donate are:

  • canned vegetables
  • vegetable and fruit juices
  • diced tomatoes
  • tomato sauce
  • spaghetti sauce
  • canned fruit
  • dried fruit
  • shelf stable fruit cups
  • oatmeal
  • crackers
  • all types of pasta
  • cereal
  • whole grain rice
  • dry milk
  • evaporated milk
  • boxed shelf-stable milk
  • canned tuna, salmon, chicken
  • baked beans
  • canned chili
  • canned beef stew
  • peanut butter
  • nuts
  • jelly, jams

This is only a suggested list. Please pay careful attention to the expiration dates, as we cannot use any item that is already expired.

Thank you for supporting the Chester Food Pantry.

Energy Assistance

Statewide energy assistance programs that help residents with heating bills and conserving energy will be available starting in early October. Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) helps income eligible households pay their heating bills. State Appropriated Fuel Assistance (SAFA) helps the elderly and disabled individuals with their heating bills.

You must reapply each year to receive assistance. Applicants for deliverable fuels (oil, propane, kerosene, coal, wood) are urged to apply early, as deliveries for fuel begin November 1st. To make an appointment to fill out an application, please call Rosie Bininger at 860-526-0013, Ext. 213.

Emergency Fuel Fund

The Town of Chester Emergency Fuel Fund has been helping residents keep warm since 1994. This program is completely funded by donations, and every dollar goes to servicing a household in need. If you would like to assist your neighbors, please send a donation to:
Emergency Fuel Fund
203 Middlesex Ave.
Chester, CT 06412.


ConnPACE income limits are currently at $22,300.00 for single applicants and $30,100.00 for married applicants. ConnPACE (Connecticut Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract to the Elderly and Disabled) helps low-income seniors and people with disabilities who do not qualify for Medicaid pay for prescription drugs; participants pay a $30.00 annual enrollment fee and $16.25 copay per prescription. To make an appointment to fill out an application, please contact Rosie Bininger at 860-526-0013, Ext. 213 on a Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday morning, or leave a message with your name, phone number, and best time to reach you.


Free or low-cost health care for Children!

No child should be without health care. Health care for Uninsured Kids and Youth (Husky) makes medical care affordable for Connecticut’s children. The Husky program provides free or low-cost coverage for children under age 19. Husky covers doctor visits, glasses, dental care, emergency care, mental health services, and more. To get more information about HUSKY or to apply, call toll free 1-877-284-8759 or visit

Funding Available for Area Elderly

Old Saybrook: Caring Ways Adult Day Center has been awarded a Title IIIB Grant that will allow individuals with financial need to attend the day center at no cost. There is no financial aid application required. Elderly residents of Old Saybrook and surrounding areas are eligible.

Adult Day Care provides socialization and stimulation for those who are homebound, and they are a source of respite for family caregivers. If you know someone who would benefit from a safe and caring environment within a social atmosphere, with a nurse on site, call Molly or Jo Ann at 860-388-4455.

Caring Ways is supported by Senior Resources Agency on Aging with Title III funds made available by the Older Americans Act.

Friends In Service Here


FISH (Friends In Service Here) is a non-profit, all volunteer driving service that provides free transportation to and from doctors’ or dentists’ offices, clinics and hospitals in the area roughly bounded by Guilford, Middletown and New London.  The service is available for ambulatory residents of Essex, Centerbrook, Ivoryton, Deep River and Chester who do not have other means of transportation.  The service is available five days a week (except holidays) from 8 AM to 5 PM.

Here’s how it works:

  • People in need of a ride for medical or dental reasons call the FISH answering service at 860 388-2693.  They should contact FISH as soon as they make their medical/dental appointment but no later than the morning of the day before the appointment and no later than noon Friday for an appointment the following Monday.
  • Be prepared to provide the operator with the following information: the rider’s first and last names; pick-up address and telephone number; the date and time of the appointment; the address and telephone number of the facility to be visited; the expected duration of the appointment; the name of the caller if the call is not made by the patient.
  • The FISH dispatcher assigns the case to the driver who is on call for the day of the appointment.
  • The driver calls the patient to work out the details of the trip.  The driver will call no later than the evening of the day before the appointment.  Be sure to check your answering machine if you have been out of the house.

Rosie Bininger, Director
860-526-0013 Ext. 213


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