Weekend Food

United Way of Western CT gets food to struggling families

WEEKEND FOOD FIGHTS CHILDHOOD HUNGER IN STAMFORD

After covering expenses for housing, utilities, car payments, and insurance, many Stamford families struggle to pay for food.

When school-aged children are eligible for Free and Reduced Price Lunch, parents have some relief knowing that their children are provided with food five days a week during the school year. But weekends and summer months can cause food hardship in many families.

United Way works with community partners to provide additional weekend food packs for children attending Stamford Public Schools, where more than 50% of the public school children are eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch.

United Way has expanded the reach of the weekend food programs by partnering with Stamford Food Collaborative members and Filling in the Blanks.

HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS

  • Social workers at each school identify the children in need and sign them up to receive a bag of nutritious, easy-to-prepare food each Friday to take home for the weekend.
     
  • Each pack includes enough food to feed the child until he/she returns to school on Monday morning, including fresh fruit.
     
  • By surveying Stamford Public Schools, we were able to create a more efficient distribution system for weekend food.

For more information about the Weekend Food Program in Stamford, contact Cara Mitchell at 203-883-0879 or cara.mitchell@uwwesternct.org

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  •   40 additional children served in Stamford each year
     
  •   $17,500 in additional grant funding awarded to support weekend food since 2017

 

SUCCESS STORY

Learn how something as simple as weekend food changed one child’s whole outlook on life