Connecticut Food Bank, New Opportunities host mobile pantry in Meriden

CAFCA | February 06, 2019 |

The Connecticut Food Bank and New Opportunities of Greater Meriden are offering a “pop up” Mobile Pantry today, January 4, at 2:00PM, at New Opportunities of Greater Meriden, 74 Cambridge Street in Meriden. The Mobile Pantry is open to anyone in need of food assistance.

The Connecticut Food Bank Mobile Pantry helps address food deserts and transportation barriers that make it difficult for people who are hungry to access the adequate nutrition they need. The Mobile Pantry also helps to provide fresh and refrigerated foods as a supplement in areas where local programs may not have storage resources to distribute those foods. “New Opportunities of Greater Meriden is already a strong partner of the Connecticut Food Bank,” said Food Bank CEO Bernie Beaudreau. “This Mobile Pantry is a great way for us to share our resources to help more people in need. We will bring fresh and refrigerated produce, dairy products, and more to the New Opportunities site and will rely on help from volunteers to distribute the foods.”

Beaudreau noted that New Opportunities stresses collaboration to help people in the communities it serves. “We’re a committed partner. Working together we can support and stabilize families.” Dona Ditrio, Director of New Opportunities of Greater Meriden, echoed Beaudreau’s comments. “Our work is focused on improving quality of life for economically disadvantaged people. By providing resources to increase their standard of living, foster self-improvement, and maximize self-empowerment, we help to improve the quality of life for economically disadvantaged people. Food resources and better nutrition are part of that work. This is a wonderful way to expand that service.”

Beaudreau said the timing of this Mobile Pantry is important. “We see tremendous outpouring of support for food assistance around the holidays, but as we head into the coldest months of the year, too many will be faced with choices like paying for heat or paying for food. Hunger affects people throughout the year.” The Connecticut Food Bank pop up Mobile Pantry is Friday, January 4, at 2:00PM, at New Opportunities, 74 Cambridge Street, Meriden. The Mobile Pantry is open to anyone in need of food assistance. 

About the Connecticut Food Bank:

The Connecticut Food Bank is committed to alleviating hunger in Connecticut by providing food resources, raising awareness of the challenges of hunger, and advocating for people who need help meeting basic needs. The Connecticut Food Bank partners with the food industry, food growers, donors, and volunteers to distribute nutritious food to people in need. Last year through a network of nearly 700 community-based programs, the Connecticut Food Bank distributed enough food to provide more than 20.3 million meals. The Connecticut Food Bank provides food in six Connecticut counties – Fairfield, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London, and Windham counties – where nearly 300,000 people struggle with hunger. Visit us on the web at www.ctfoodbank.org, like us on Facebook and follow @CTFoodBank on Twitter and Instagram 

About New Opportunities:

New Opportunities Inc. is the community action agency that serves Waterbury, Meriden, Torrington and 27 surrounding Connecticut towns. We offer a variety of social service programs designed to eliminate poverty and assist people in need. New Opportunities mission is to improve the quality of life for economically disadvantaged individuals by providing the necessary resources to increase their standard of living, foster self-improvement, and maximize self-empowerment.