United Way of Greater New Haven believes no one should go hungry, especially children. Unfortunately, for too many in our region, access to food is a challenge, and hunger worsens during the summer months. That’s why we are working with partners to fight for some of the most vulnerable children and families this season and beyond.

United Way is also changing the rules so that it’s easier for families to get the food they need to survive. No parent should be forced to make tough choices about whether they can pay their electricity bill or buy groceries.

This summer, both free prepared meals and fresh produce are available in our region.

Free Summer Meals

Kids, teens, and their families are often faced with the dilemma of having limited to no access to food once school is out, making summer the toughest time for those who rely on school food programs. Free Summer Meals are for children 18 years and under, and this program is in partnership with CT State Department of Education, Hamden Public Schools, New Haven Public Schools, End Hunger CT and USDA,

To see the locations, times, and dates click here.

Mobile Food Pantries
Mobile food pantries are one way families can have access to fresh produce and grocery items in their neighborhood. Mobile pantries travel around our region, stopping at dozens of locations to distribute healthy, fresh food. And because significant learning loss for students also happens in the summer, some sites also provide free books for children of all ages. United Way partners with Connecticut Food Bank, New Haven Reads, and Read to Grow for several locations in New Haven and Hamden.

To locate a mobile pantry near you click here.

Neighborhood Pantry
Neighborhood Pantry is another way the community can access fresh produce this summer. These pantries will distribute food once weekly in the Fair Haven area of New Haven. This is a pilot program in partnership Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen. The pantry is held every Tuesday from 12:30 PM-1:30 PM during July and August at St. Francis and St. Rose of Lima School in New Haven.

To sign up to volunteer click here.

If you are interested in volunteering for any of these events, please visit the volunteer section of our website, or contact Dennis Velasquez, United Way Volunteer Coordinator at [email protected].

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