In 2021, 1 in 6 Americans turned to charitable food banks and meal programs for help meeting their needs. The image of “hunger” conjured in our imaginations is often quite different than reality. Individuals and families of all types have benefitted from food assistance, including our own.
As we kick off the new school year with goals and plans to increase our capacity even further, we remain inspired by the real people on the receiving end, and the big impact that just a little help from their community can provide.
“The program has truly helped many of our families in need. I have heard from a few parents that have said that the bags came ‘right on time’ as they were running low on food.” - School social worker
“The food provided has helped us through hard financial struggles and brings a smile for our child. Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts.” - Parent
“The weekend meal bags encourage our child to help with meal prep, since it is his food he wants to eat it more.” - Parent
“This food is helping me in a difficult moment when my money is short. It helped me put breakfast and a meal on the table for my kids. Thank you so much!!” - Parent “My child feels that the teachers and her school really care for her, she feels helped.”
Join us at our upcoming Plates with a Purpose to help continue filling in the blanks for families navigating food insecurity right here in Connecticut. The fourth annual event will be held on September 23 at the Loading Dock. Embark on a culinary adventure led by Chefs Luke Venner of Elm, Peter Mamadjanian of Abigail Kirsch, Jeff Taibe of Taproot, Julio Genao of Prime, and more. Enjoy a customized coursed meal with specialty cocktails and entertainment! Proceeds directly support our meal programs.