This fall, Hurricane Maria left Puerto Rico devastated, and many Puerto Ricans in danger, without their homes, running water, food, gas, or power. Relief efforts in Puerto Rico remain essential, but we also see families and communities we work with in Connecticut affected and in need of help.
Feeding America has been dedicated to relief efforts in multiple ways. Food bank truck drivers, for example, were offered the opportunity to distribute much needed supplies throughout the island. Connecticut Food Bank employee Peter Bellacicco recently travelled to Texas for two weeks to help with relief efforts there.
Many Connecticut organizations, including Connecticut Food Bank member programs, have joined relief efforts, sending supplies and coordinating drives to raise funds and provisions. Work is underway in the Hartford region, led by Greg Florio, Capitol Region Education Council (CREC), to operate a Hurricane Relief Welcome Center. Bridgeport’s CT Loves Puerto Rico campaign worked with more than 100 local restaurants and bars for community-based fundraising efforts.
How can you help?
Please join us in the effort to support Puerto Rican families relocating to Connecticut. We’ll keep you updated with more information as the situation develops
This process is just beginning here in Connecticut and more information and details will follow as they develop.