WALLINGFORD, CONN., February 1, 2019 – The Connecticut Food Bank Pop-Up Pantry is appearing tomorrow, Saturday, February 2, in New Haven, in partnership with Cornell Scott – Hill Health Center. The pantry will be located at 428 Columbus Avenue in New Haven from 11:00AM to 12:00PM. The Pop-Up Pantry features fresh and frozen produce, dairy products, and other nutritious foods. Connecticut Food Bank Pop-Up Pantry is open to all in need of food assistance.
The Connecticut Food Bank Pop-Up Pantry is aimed at getting “fresh foods fast” to people in need, said Connecticut Food Bank CEO Bernie Beaudreau. “We are currently able to get additional foods into the community and we are working with partners to quickly schedule pop-up sites to supplement all the foods we distribute through our network of partner agencies and our regularly scheduled Mobile Pantry.”
Beaudreau said the timing is important because of the recent extreme cold. “The cold has been too dangerous for people to spend time outside and has forced cancellation of some recent Mobile Pantry and Pop-Up Pantry sites. Temperatures are forecast to be a bit milder Saturday, so we hope shoppers will be able to visit.” Beaudreau noted that the recent cold is also a reminder that many people who struggle with food insecurity face extra financial pressure in the winter and are sometimes forced to choose between paying utility bills or buying food. “No one should have to make the choice between food and heat, or food and prescriptions,” Beaudreau said. “Dress warmly and don’t forget to bring grocery bags or boxes to bring home food.”
The Pop-Up Pantry at Cornell Scott – Hill Health Center is part of the Connecticut Food Bank Hunger to Health initiative, which seeks to improve health outcomes for people with low income and food insecurity. “We know that food is key to helping prevent and manage certain health conditions, like diabetes or high blood pressure,” Beaudreau said. “We work hard to provide nutritious food. Partners like Cornell Scott – Hill Health Center are especially important for us because it brings together two populations that can benefit from healthy foods and from access to affordable health care. Linking our services increases awareness among the community for both of us.”
Connecticut Food Bank Pop-Up Pantry sites are scheduled on a short-notice basis, Beaudreau said, and are announced on the Connecticut Food Bank Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram platforms, as well as on a special calendar at ctfoodbank.org. “We schedule these sites to supplement the nearly 50 monthly Mobile Pantry sites we offer across the six counties we serve.” Both the Pop-Up Pantry and Mobile Pantry schedules are linked from the “Get Help” page, www.ctfoodbank.org/get-help.
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. Last year through a network of nearly 700 community-based programs, the Connecticut Food Bank distributed enough food to provide more than 20.3 million meals. The Connecticut Food Bank provides food in six Connecticut counties – Fairfield, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London, and Windham counties – where nearly 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.