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Connecticut Food Bank, New Opportunities host mobile pantry in Meriden

CAFCA | February 06, 2019 |

The Connecticut Food Bank and New Opportunities (NOI) of Greater Meriden offered a “pop up” Mobile Pantry earlier last month to anyone in need of food assistance. The Connecticut Food Bank Mobile Pantry helps address food deserts and transportation barriers that make it difficult for people who are hungry to access the adequate nutrition they need. The Mobile Pantry also helps to provide fresh and refrigerated foods as a supplement in areas where local programs may not have storage resources to distribute those foods.

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TVCCA receives grant to help families at risk of losing housing

CAFCA | February 06, 2019 |

The Thames Valley Council for Community Action (TVCCA), the Community Action Agency serving southeastern Connecticut, received a $5,000.00 grant from the Savings Institute Bank and Trust Foundation. The funds will to the agency’s Homelessness Prevention/Diversion Financial Assistance Program (HP/D). The program targets limited income families who are at risk of losing their housing and face entry into homeless shelters.

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'Foster Grandparents' add experience, wisdom, and love to some Hartford preschools (Sarah Cody, WTNH, 2/6/19)

CAFCA | February 06, 2019 |

While singing songs or making crafts, some Hartford preschoolers turn to Isabel Guzman for guidance. She's not the official classroom teacher. She has a special role. "They call me Abuela," she says. Guzman is part of the Foster Grandparents Program, a partnership between the Nutmeg Big Brothers, Big Sisters and the Community Renewal Team.

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Along with food, Meals on Wheels delivers relationships

CAFCA | January 08, 2019 |

Almost immediately after Dennis Przekop hopped out of his blue and white Meals on Wheels station wagon, Art DeWolf offered him a hug. "I love you. You're beautiful. You're doing a beautiful thing," DeWolf, a former Electric Boat employee and golf instructor, told Przekop, who has been a driver for Thames Valley Council for Community Action program for the last four years.

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Access Agency and ECSU's Eastern Design Group project

CAFCA | January 07, 2019 |

Ten graphic design students at Eastern Connecticut State University recently concluded a major project with the Access Agency, the Community Action Agency serving limited income people in northeastern Connecticut. As part of Professor Terry Lennox’s capstone course “Eastern Design Group,” the students created 13 posters that graphically represent the agency’s 13 community programs.

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Lamont transition gets busy on policy

CAFCA | November 27, 2018 |

Gov.-elect Ned Lamont wants input from a wide variety of individuals before taking office and putting together his first policy agenda and budget proposal. But the clock is ticking. He has 43 days, including holidays, until he takes office and three weeks after that before he has to propose his first budget to the General Assembly—and he has yet to announce that he’s hired a chief of staff or a budget director.

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Greater Hartford shelters launch campaign to help homeless families

CAFCA | November 02, 2018 |

By the end of November, shelters in the greater Hartford area have a goal of housing more than 200 homeless individuals and their families. They're calling it their "100-day challenge." It began in mid-August and will run until Nov. 23, which is the day after Thanksgiving. The focus is helping people return to housing. They're hosting 265 households out of the shelters.

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Donations measured in pounds at 20th annual food drive at Norwich Big Y

CAFCA | November 01, 2018 |

A box truck from Rogers Kitchens in Norwich parked at the 20th annual two-day food drive, and the tally in pounds donated for the morning hours doubled once they finished unloading. Rogers Kitchens delivered the fixings for about 25 Thanksgiving dinners — 720 pounds of frozen turkeys, canned vegetables, potatoes, yams and plenty of pumpkin pie filling and pie crusts — in the Norwich business’s 15th year of participating in the drive. Owner Jim Smith and his daughter, Courtney Smith, the business office manager, said the company is challenging businesses throughout the region to match its totals, or at least donate as much as they can to the annual food drive, which stocks the Gemma E. Moran/United Way Labor Food Bank. Jim Smith said the company’s donations have escalated over the years, and now they maintain the goal of providing 25 holiday meals, adding to the number and variety of side dishes and desserts each year. The ingredients for pumpkin pies were added recently.

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Donations measured in pounds at 20th annual food drive at Norwich Big Y

CAFCA | November 01, 2018 |

A box truck from Rogers Kitchens in Norwich parked at the 20th annual two-day food drive, and the tally in pounds donated for the morning hours doubled once they finished unloading. Rogers Kitchens delivered the fixings for about 25 Thanksgiving dinners — 720 pounds of frozen turkeys, canned vegetables, potatoes, yams and plenty of pumpkin pie filling and pie crusts — in the Norwich business’s 15th year of participating in the drive. Owner Jim Smith and his daughter, Courtney Smith, the business office manager, said the company is challenging businesses throughout the region to match its totals, or at least donate as much as they can to the annual food drive, which stocks the Gemma E. Moran/United Way Labor Food Bank. Jim Smith said the company’s donations have escalated over the years, and now they maintain the goal of providing 25 holiday meals, adding to the number and variety of side dishes and desserts each year. The ingredients for pumpkin pies were added recently.

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Generous donations bring food pantry back to full strength

CAFCA | October 30, 2018 |

The need for food pantry services is so great that it’s not unusual for clients of the New Britain Food and Resource Center on Osgood Avenue to walk from as far away as Willow Street and East Street every 15 days to get fresh produce, meat and a variety of staples, said site manager Michelle Torres. But due to funding cuts in recent years, the center was only open once a week and was not providing case management services. “There is a tremendous need, a tremendous need,” said Torres who works for the Human Resources Agency of New Britain, which runs the center. “That’s why when we were on the verge of closing, it was a scary thing.”

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