Three of the five air conditioning units at the House of Bread soup kitchen in Hartford were gutted for parts and the nonprofit organization is searching for donations to help replace the units, which together are valued at $36,000.
Directors of the soup kitchen said they realized Tuesday that their units had been damaged and parts were stolen.
The soup kitchen serves 800 meals a day to families in need and the building is also used a cooling center during hot days.
"It's terrible someone would come in and take from an organization that's just trying to help us all out," Theresa Fonti, one of the co-directors, said.
Hartford Police are asking anyone with information about the theft to contact them.