In Connecticut, 1 in 6 children struggles with hunger. While school meals help to mitigate the issue, summer break creates gaps in food, often leaving students and their families without consistent meals. The Connecticut Food Bank collaborated with many community partners to develop Summer Mobile Pantry distributions aimed at addressing the increased need for food that families and children face in summer months when school meal programs end and when donations to food pantries are often at their lowest. Last year, the Connecticut Food Bank Summer Mobile Pantry distributed fresh and nonperishable foods to families in need at six sites.
This year, Summer Mobile Pantry teamed up with the Summer Meals initiatives in New Haven (five locations) and in five additional towns: Stamford, Bridgeport (two sites), East Hampton, Stratford and Ansonia. Through these 11 distribution sites, the Connecticut Food Bank reached 6,792 Connecticut residents in need. This is a 57% increase from last year’s 4,470.
Here are some additional Summer Mobile Pantry statistics from the 2017 season:
Thank you to our partners who helped make this summer’s distribution successful: