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Free and nutritious meals for kids are available this summer. Summer meals programs are funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) through the Summer Food Service Program and the National School Lunch Program and are administered at the state level by Connecticut’s State Department of Education.
United Way of Southeastern Connecticut’s Board of Directors has approved fund distributions in the amount of $2,725,824 for the fiscal year 2013-14. This funding supports 51 programs at nonprofit organizations in New London County that, working together, help advance the common good for everyone.
United Way of Southeastern Connecticut partner programs fall into one of four priority areas that provide people with the building blocks to a good quality of life: thriving children, basic needs, community wellness, and promoting independence.
You might have noticed that we're just a little excited here at United Way lately. We love our work to advance the common good, and we really love when we have something new and innovative to share that can change more lives and improve community conditions.
United Way of Southeastern Connecticut launched a mobile food pantry program to bring food directly to remote areas of New London County and to serve those considered most at-risk for food insecurity. The launch event took place at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church in New London on the national United Way Day of Action. The Day of Action is held every year on June 21, the longest day of the year, to bring awareness to an important cause or issue.
United Way of Southeastern Connecticut hosted the unveiling of Nourishing Change: The New London County Food System Baseline Report. It is the first comprehensive look at the county’s food system and includes in-depth reports on food access, community health, and the childcare and school food environments. The report is a collaboration between United Way and the New London County Food Policy Council, and its recommendations will guide the work of both organizations moving forward.
The New London County Food Policy Council’s work has depended greatly on the amazing work of three AmeriCorps VISTAs hosted and partially funded by the United Way of Southeastern Connecticut. This year we were fortunate to host three wonderful VISTAs - Joe Attwater, Mary Gates and Ellen Mail (pictured below at the Garde Arts Center event on December 29, 2012).
National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive is largest one-day drive in the nation
The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will conduct its 21st annual food drive, called Stamp Out Hunger, to combat hunger and food insecurity this year on Saturday, May 11. On that day, letter carriers will collect non-perishable donations from customers as they deliver mail along their postal routes.
This week is National Volunteer Week, and a time when we extend an extra "thanks" for all volunteers do to make United Way work.
Volunteers make an impact here at United Way in many capacities - from serving on our Board of Directors, Allocations teams or other committees to participating in Day of Caring projects at nonprofits and the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center to volunteering within their company to help run a United Way workforce campaign.