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Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center

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One in five children in Southeastern Connecticut is food insecure and a U.S. Census Bureau study indicates that 19,000 people in our region are living below the poverty level. When children do not have the nutrition they require, the ramifications are vast. They have a difficult time concentrating in school, putting their education in jeopardy. Their current and future health is at risk. And they may bear witness to stressed parents who struggle with how to stretch their income to meet all the costs of living.

Since 1988, the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center has played a key role in providing one of the building blocks to a good quality of life by feeding families and individuals facing hunger and food insecurity all across our community.

Last year, the Food Center distributed the equivalent of 1.9 million meals and snacks to more than 80 food pantries, shelters, child care centers, community meal sites, and programs for the elderly, at no cost to those in need. These member agencies in turn provide food and meals to 20,159 men, women and children throughout New London County each month. Our Mobile Food Pantry, a critical extension of the Food Center's work, distributed the equivalent of 285,383 meals through ten monthly distribution sites.

The Food Center is an official Partner Distribution Organization (PDO). This status ensures a partnership with the Connecticut Food Bank, the largest food bank in the state, to provide a product allocation based on poverty levels as determined by the U.S. Census.

If you share our passion for reducing hunger and food insecurity, you are invited to take action:

Many thanks to the following funders for their grant support of the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center and the Mobile Food Pantry program:

Bank of America, Charter Oak Federal Credit Union, Chelsea Groton Bank, Citizens Bank, City of New London, Community Foundations of Eastern Connecticut, Connecticut Food Bank, Dime Bank, Frank Loomis Palmer Fund, Jewett City Savings Bank, Liberty Bank Foundation, ShopRite, and the Rotary Club of Mystic.