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One in six children in Southeastern Connecticut (16.1%) is food insecure, and the overall food insecurity rate is 11.2%. 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, our Food Center distributed the equivalent of 2,047,459 meals and snacks through 76 distribution sites including food pantries, shelters, child care centers, community meal sites, programs for the elderly, and our Mobile Food Pantry at no cost to those in need. Each month, 17,444 individuals were served through these sites. That includes 9,104 adults, 5,429 children, and 2,911 seniors.
If you share our passion for reducing hunger and food insecurity, you are invited to take action:
- Make a donation. When mailing a contribution, please send it to our mailing address at P.O. Box 375, Gales Ferry, CT 06335. Each dollar donated provides the equivalent of three meals!
- Run a food drive. Click here to learn more about running a drive.
- Volunteer at the Food Bank. Click here for volunteer opportunity descriptions.
- Promote healthier food options and support local farmers, growers, and food producers.
Many thanks to the following funders for their grant support of the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center:
Bodenwein Foundation, Centreville Bank, Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut, Charter Oak Federal Credit Union, Chelsea Groton Bank, Citizen's Bank, City of New London Community Development Block Grant, Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut, Dime Bank, Dominion, EFSP – CARES, Emergency Food and Shelter Program, Eversource, Frank Loomis Palmer Fund, Jewett City Savings Bank, Ledyard Rotary Foundation, Liberty Bank, MDA-UAW Local 571, Mystic Rotary, New London Telephone Employees' CSF, Niantic Rotary, Pfizer Inc. ShopRite, and Swindells Charitable Foundation