Summer Meals are free, nutritious meals provided for kids and teens 18 years and under when school is out of session for the summer. No registration, paperwork, parental supervision, or ID is required. Children do not need to be receiving free or reduced price meals during the school year in order to receive free Summer Meals.
The 2015 AFL-CIO Golf Tournament is set for Monday, August 31 at Great Neck Country Club in Waterford. This year's event benefits Project Warm-up, a program providing one-time, emergency heating assistance to those experiencing a short-term crisis in our community. Project Warm-up ensures that no one falls through the cracks and freezes in their home. Last winter, Project Warm-up helped more than 280 households in Southeastern Connecticut.
Many people remember to bring their canned and boxed goods to local soup kitchens and food pantries at Thanksgiving and during the winter holidays, but in the hustle and bustle of everyone’s busy schedules, people often forget that hunger is a problem that lasts all year round. For this reason, June has been named National Hunger Awareness Month, and neighborhoods across the country are stepping up to support people in the United States and around the world who need assistance in purchasing food and providing it to their families.
On May 13, something special was happening at Camp Harkness in Waterford. For the first time ever, team members from both local tribes and casinos came together for a day-long United Way Day of Caring project. More than 80 volunteers descended upon the camp in the early morning hours to pull on Live United t-shirts and dig into the soil.
Hundreds of community members gathered at the Chelsea Parade Green in Norwich for the 3rd annual Eastern Connecticut Walk Against Hunger. The event benefits the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center and Connecticut Food Bank programs in Windham County. Click here to view the photo gallery on Facebook.
United Way of Southeastern Connecticut hosted its Campaign Celebration event to recognize local businesses and organizations that run outstanding fundraising campaigns and volunteer year-round on behalf of United Way. More than 300 community members gathered at the Cabaret Theatre at Mohegan Sun to celebrate the achievement.
The Ledge Light Health District has announced the recipients of the 2015 Outdoor Edible School Garden Grants. A total of nine schools in New London County will receive $500, funded through the District's USDA Farm to School and CT Dept. of Public Health Prevention grants. The grant program is designed to support schools in New London County, by offering seed money from which to launch or expand their own school garden program.
On March 31, volunteers gathered at the Groton Inn & Suites to be recognized for their contributions to the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center. In 2014, more than 11,000 hours of volunteer time was donated to the Food Center. Volunteer activities include helping to package and deliver product after local food shows, working at the Mobile Food Pantry, gleaning from local farms and at the Coogan Farm Giving Garden, and helping with sorting food, packaging items, and other daily tasks at the Food Center warehouse.
United Way is seeking volunteers to assist at the 3rd Annual Eastern Connecticut Walk Against Hunger on Sunday, May 17. The event benefits the Gemma E. Moran United Way Labor/Food Center, a program of United Way, and Connecticut Food Bank programs in Eastern CT.
Recently, Connecticut Food Bank (CFB) granted a brand-new, two-door steel refrigerators to two local emergency food programs and member agencies of the Food Center. The local programs are St. Vincent dePaul Place in Norwich and the New London Area Food Pantry.
The goal of the program capacity equipment grant is to increase fresh, healthy food distributions through these programs. The overall goal is to increase people's access to healthy food. The refrigerators will help the programs keep food that they receive through donations and through our Food Center fresher longer.