We recently met Joe and Tom at The Community Soup Kitchen in downtown New Haven, who are among 150 to 250 people who receive daily hot meals prepared by staff and volunteers. Joe said although he’s had some financial hardships, he was too prideful at first to eat at the soup kitchen. He eventually put his pride aside and is now able to use the limited amount of state assistance he receives on things that the soup kitchen is not able to provide for him.
Tom was a bit more quiet about his personal situation, but told us that being able to have a guaranteed hot meal each day from Community Soup Kitchen is making a major difference in his life.
When we asked what they would say to the food industry members who donate product to Connecticut Food Bank on a regular basis, both men smiled broadly and said “thank you.”
“We wouldn’t have been able to help people like Joe and Tom without the help of food industry donors,” said Dianne Grant, a supervisor who has worked at the soup kitchen for 17 years. “We urge people to continue to give so we can continue to feed those who are struggling.”
Thanks to our generous food industry donors, and programs like Community Soup Kitchen, we are working toward our mission to alleviate hunger in Connecticut.