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NEW HAVEN, CONN., July 11, 2017 – The Connecticut Food Bank Summer Mobile Pantry, partnered with the New Haven Public Schools and the United Way of Greater New Haven, will be at the John Martinez School, 100 James Street, in the Fairhaven neighborhood. The site is one of eight in New Haven County that will see a total of 22 visits this summer as part of a Connecticut Food Bank program to meet the increased need for food that occurs in summer. The pantry will operate rain or shine.
WHAT: Connecticut Food Bank Mobile Pantry, Partnered with New Haven Public Schools and United Way of Greater New Haven
WHEN: Thursday, July 13, 2017, 5:00PM to 6:00PM
WHERE: John Martinez School, 100 James Street, New Haven, Connecticut
WHO: Connecticut Food Bank CEO Bernie Beaudreau
Representatives from United Way of Greater New Haven
Representatives from New Haven Public Schools (invited)
DETAIL: The Connecticut Food Bank Mobile Pantry helps address food deserts and the transportation barriers that make it difficult for people who are food insecure to access the adequate nutrition they need. The Mobile Pantry provides dairy products, fresh vegetables, fruit, whole grain goods and other perishable items directly to people in need, paired with local organizations that provide access to a distribution site and assistance providing volunteers to staff the Pantry.
The Connecticut Food Bank coordinates several of its New Haven sites with the New Haven Public Schools, which offers summer meals to school children. The site at John Martinez School is also paired with United Way of Greater New Haven, which provides volunteer support to staff the Mobile Pantry.
The added Mobile Pantries are part of the Connecticut Food Bank effort to increase distribution of fresh food when families have higher need because children are not attending school, where they have access to free or reduced-price meals. The fresh foods provided supplement what local pantries can provide, as food donations typically decline during summer and many local food assistance programs do not have significant refrigerated storage capacity.
About the Connecticut Food Bank:
The Connecticut Food Bank is committed to alleviating hunger in Connecticut by providing food resources, raising awareness of the challenges of hunger and advocating for people who need help meeting basic needs. The Connecticut Food Bank partners with the food industry, food growers, donors and volunteers to distribute nutritious food to people in need, which last year provided 18 million meals. We distribute that food through a network of community based programs to six Connecticut counties – Fairfield, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London and Windham counties – where more than 300,000 people struggle with hunger. Visit us on the web at www.ctfoodbank.org, like us on Facebook and follow @CTFoodBank on Twitter and Instagram.