New partnerships are helping to increase access to nutritious food for people who need it. Evening Mobile Pantry hours are helping working people who can’t always reach member programs or Connecticut Food Bank mobile pantries during daytime hours.
Last summer, the Connecticut Food Bank partnered with the New Haven Public Schools Summer Meals program to provide food to families of children receiving free or reduced price meals in
school. Our Mobile Pantry truck visited sites alongside the city’s Summer Meals supper truck in six New Haven communities at scheduled weekly distributions from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM, bringing fresh produce, dairy, and nonperishable food items to 4,470 households during an eight-week distribution.
We saw firsthand how popular the evening hours were with people seeking help. Over the past five months, we partnered with the United Way of Western Connecticut to launch three evening Mobile Pantries in Bethel, Stamford and New Milford. To date at these new sites, we have served 4,067 households, out of which 40% of household members were children and 6% were seniors.
The success of these Mobile Pantries highlighted a need for evening distribution hours that we had not previously addressed. We decided to continue evening Mobile Pantry hours throughout the school year to reach those communities we where we saw a significant response during the summer months. Providing Mobile Pantry service between 5:30 PM and 6:30 PM, the Connecticut Food Bank is able to reach working families who struggle to make ends meet, despite holding one or more jobs.
Currently, our Mobile Pantry operates in 40 cities and towns across six counties in Connecticut. Our goal is to continue to provide this program to fill gaps in service to food insecure communities to alleviate hunger in our state. See our Mobile Pantry schedule here.