Last month, our food assistance program reached a significant milestone: as of October 25, our three food pantries in Darien, Norwalk, and Stamford had provided enough groceries in 2019 for 1,000,000 home-cooked meals.

With 1 in 10 people in the Stamford/Norwalk area experiencing food insecurity – meaning not knowing where their next meal is coming from – our pantries provide a critical resource to individuals who face daily challenges and difficult choices. This access to fresh food brings relief and stability to families, seniors, immigrants, and the working middle class, and helps to create a healthier, more vibrant and sustainable community.

We are on track to provide 1.2 million meals by the end of 2019.

In the coming weeks, we will share more about what hunger and food insecurity look like in our community, how our pantries provide dignity and choice along with fresh and nutritious options, the ways our community partners help us remove barriers to food security, and the role our casework team plays in connecting those in need to this critical assistance.

As the need in our area grows, we are poised to respond. With the community’s support, we are on track to provide 1.2 million meals by the end of 2019.