Too many families in Southeastern Connecticut go without a warm, bountiful meal on holidays. But it’s also true that they struggle every single day of the year to put food on the table for their family. In fact, according the United Way ALICE Report, about one-third of all households in New London County are struggling every day to make ends meet, even when working a full-time job.
The Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center, a program of United Way of Southeastern Connecticut, has played a key role in providing a basic necessity by feeding food insecure individuals and families all across our community. The Food Center provides food and household items to 81 free emergency food programs throughout New London County including shelters, food pantries, after-school programs, day care centers, community meal sites, and programs for seniors.
Last year, the Food Center helped to feed nearly 22,000 people each month through its member food programs and an average of 1,000 households per month through its Mobile Food Pantry program. Through its network of member agencies, the equivalent of 2.4 million meals was provided last year, at no cost to those in need.
You can help play a role in ending hunger and food insecurity by making a donation and/or running a food drive at your place of employment, with your school or civic group, or even in your neighborhood. January is a great time of year to run a drive because donations typically tend to slow down after the holidays.
Running a food drive is easy! Visit How to Run a Food Drive on our site to find tips and tools for your drive, including posters, Food Center facts, and other promotional ideas. It’s suggested that you narrow your request for 4-5 items, making is easy for people to give. Contact United Way to find our which items are most in need at any given time in the Food Center’s warehouse.
Donations of foods that are whole grain rich and low in sodium are encouraged. In addition, it is requested that donations not be in glass containers or items that have expired.
Hunger does not end after the holidays. Please consider running a food drive this month and/or making a contribution to aid the work of the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center. Every gift, no matter how small, truly makes a difference. Donations can be made online at www.uwsect.org/give. Together, we can put an end to hunger and food insecurity in our community!